Musicians For Harmony Confirms Sixth Anniversary Benefit Concert For September 11:
Musicians For Harmony continues to deliver on the promise of its mission to promote peace and cultural exchange through music. The organization, founded shortly after September 11, 2001, has generated growing attention for its charitable efforts in the years since. Each fall, they present a concert in New York City featuring internationally renowned classical and world music artists. In fact, The New Yorker recently praised: “The annual observances of the anniversary of the September 11th attacks have given weight to what used to be a blank space in the classical schedule...”
This year, Musicians For Harmony celebrates its Sixth Anniversary “Concert For Peace” with a September 11, 2007 performance at Symphony Space. At this special event, international stars will share the stage with acclaimed classical musicians for what is sure to be a memorable evening. The concert will feature three world premieres, as unique instruments including the kora and pipa will be showcased alongside more familiar classical fare. Featured artists include pianist Claude Frank with Arnold Steinhardt (violin) Michael Tree (viola) and Peter Wiley (cello; Guarneri Quartet); the return of The Shanghai Quartet; virtuoso pipa player Wu Man, who will perform a world premiere solo piece “Soliloquio Serrano” by the Peruvian-Jewish-Chinese composer Gabriela Lena Frank; and Musique Sans Frontieres, who will be joined by Malian kora player Yacouba Sissoko for two world premiere performances, “Siya” by Sissoko and “Couleurs du March” by MFH's Artistic Director, Patrick Derivaz.
The funds raised through concerts and other events over the last six years have been donated to peace-oriented charities such as Safe Horizon's September 11th Fund and Doctors Without Borders, though smaller organizations like the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra and Patch Adams' Gezundheit! Institute have also benefited. In 2006, the beneficiaries included the Hawthorne Country Day School, a New York State approved not-for-profit school serving children with autism, Asperger's syndrome, and other health impairments. Each beneficiary is carefully selected by a committee of MFH musicians and Board members, and representatives from the charities are invited to speak about their causes at the concerts.
This year, the organization will focus on cultivating understanding and community amid teenagers more accustomed to regional and cultural conflict. The first beneficiary for the September 11th concert will be Seeds of Peace, a non-profit, non-political organization that helps teenagers from regions of conflict learn the skills of making peace. The second beneficiary will be MFH's growing Educational Workshop Program, to continue to support instruction in world music for young people.
Sixth Anniversary Concert Information: Tuesday, September 11, 2007 at 7:30pm Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space Broadway at 95th Street, New York City For additional information, call 212-996-8010 Ticket prices: $35, $75, $125 (includes reception with artists following concert)
Educational Workshop Pilot Program a Growing Success:
Musicians For Harmony's “Music of the World” six-week pilot workshop series fulfills a goal which was first articulated by Klein and Derivaz just one year ago. The aim was to bring the message of peace through music to younger audiences, and MFH has made it happen.
Held this past spring at the School for Human Rights (a public school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn,) “Music of the World” is a series of six, hour-long teaching sessions on world music instruments and their related cultures. Each session focuses on instrumental music from one area of the world -- for example, a recent session for eighth graders focused on West African/Ghanaian music, and featured Valerie Dee Naranjo (gyil) and Daniel Levy, the