Uniting for peace in the Middle East
Last updated: 2003-10-07
Jewish Arab village
A London concert featuring Arabic and Jewish musicians performing together for the first time aims to highlight that both communities can work together and co-exist.
The Living in Harmony event will raise funds for the Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam village in Israel which was established jointly by Jews and Palestinian Arabs.
Among the performers taking part in the October 26 event include concert pianist Stephen Gutman who will be performing the piano transcription of Mahlers Adagietto as well as Finnissys modern arrangements of Gershwin. A number of Iraqi songs will be performed by Sara Manasseh and the Rivers of Babylon.
Diverse group Ekaydov comprise a Saudi Arabian, an Israeli, a Moroccan and an English musician and fuse traditional and modern sounds from their own cultures. Ruti Halvani is a Jewish Mezzo-Soprano, and has been a soloist with the Israel Opera Company. She will be performing Israeli and Yiddish songs.
Conductor and composer Jeremy Haneman who originated the idea for the concert said:
There is so much cynicism and resignation about the situation in Israel and Palestine in the wider world that we believe a concert featuring distinguished artists from both communities will send a powerful message to people in London and the UK that peace is actually a genuine possibility. It is vitally important to raise awareness of the possibility of peaceful coexistence in the Middle East and the extent to which it already exists."
He added: "This event aims to shift the focus away from the tragic violence and towards something more powerful, giving the message that two of the worlds oldest and wisest cultures can live and thrive together in this world in peace. It will be a celebration of both cultures, enabling them both to enrich each other and the wider community at the same time.
Website - Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam
Living in Harmony, 7.30pm 26th October 2003
Dukes Hall Royal Academy of Music
London NW1 5HT
Tickets: £10 on the door