Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A partner in using music to change the world:
The Middle East Peace Orchestra

The Middle East Peace Orchestra is a unique collaboration between various ethnic groups of musicians, all connected to the Middle East , playing concerts for peace.

Initiated in 2003 by Henrik Chaim Goldschmidt, the principal oboist of The Royal Danish Orchestra, the orchestra is build up with Arab and Jewish musicians playing the treasure of music from both the great traditions.

The musicians come from Israel, The Palestine Areas, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Scandinavia and USA and are all handpicked virtuosos representing the best of their tradition and furthermore they all have the courage to engage in this project. The musicians are Muslims, Jews and Christians.

The music performed has elements from Jewish "Klezmer", from Middle Eastern "Makam" and from the classical Arab music. The Orchestra has been received with the greatest enthusiasm from both audience and press, since the very first concert.

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