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Zamir Chorale w/Middle East Harmonies, Cambridge, MA, 10 Apr 2011

The Zamir Chorale of Boston will present Middle East Harmonies at Sanders Theatre in Cambridge at 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 10. Conducted by Northeastern Professor and Zamir's founder and Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson, the concert will feature a meeting of the musical minds of the Middle East. Zamir will perform coordinated choral selections in both Arabic and Hebrew. We are thrilled to present as our special guests original members of Bustan Abraham in reunion. From 1991 until they disbanded in 2003, these Arab and Jewish musicians pioneered a unique form of instrumental music, combining elements of east and west, and Bustan was considered the finest ensemble of its kind.

The following evening, Monday, April 11, 7:30 pm at the Fenway Center, Northeastern University will host a symposium in conjunction with Middle East Harmonies. Presenters, including renowned ethnomusicologist Benjamin Brinner, will address the use of music to increase empathy and mutual understanding among people who have been separated by borders of various kinds and alienated by conflicting politics.

Cosponsoring and cooperating groups include: the Consulate General of Israel to New England, Northeastern University Departments of Music and Jewish Studies, Northeastern University's Middle East Center for Peace, Culture, and Development, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Harvard Hillel, the American Jewish Committee, the New Center for Arts and Culture, and Hebrew College.

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