|Cultures in Harmony
Web site: http://www.culturesinharmony.org
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Cultures in Harmony forges connections across national and cultural barriers through the medium of music.
Its international projects involve six key components:
1. Perform with local musicians
2. Work with children
3. Partner with humanitarian organizations
4. Affirm cultural diversity
5. Engage in dialogue
6. Promote democratic values
Through the universal language of music, our projects foster cross-cultural
dialogue that improves relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Founded in 2005 by Juilliard graduate William Harvey, Cultures in Harmony has conducted projects on four continents.
In Zimbabwe in 2006, "Sound of Water, Sound of Hope," taught AIDS orphans in Harare how to write music inspired by water in order to draw attention to water access issues at their school. In the Philippines in 2007, CiH worked with the Tala-Andig tribe in Miarayon, Mindanao to develop compositions that celebrated their heritage. In Papua New Guinea in 2008, CiH guided the Yoro tribe to creating compositions designed to raise awareness about the environment, HIV/AIDS, and cultural preservation. These works received their premiere at Divine Word University in Madang.
In Konya, Turkey, where the whirling dervish ceremony originated about 700 years ago, CiH musicians became the first female musicians ever in Konya to join male musicians in accompanying the ceremony. Cultures in Harmony has partnered with humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF in Moldova, with whom it partnered in a benefit concert that collected 7,000 books for their childhood literacy program. In Zimbabwe, our benefit concert for the non-profit Eyes for Africa raised enough funds to restore sight to 145 people, prompting Zimbabwean ophthalmologist Dr. Solomon Guramatunhu to write about Cultures in Harmony, "You are the 'beautiful face of America' which the world is yearning for."
Cultures in Harmony workshops for young classical musicians have benefited hundreds of students in Qatar, Egypt, Philippines, Zimbabwe, Mexico, and Tunisia. Performances with local musicians (from tabla players in Pakistan to a virtuoso of the mvet in Cameroon) have received national media attention as well as the praise of members of the international diplomatic corps.
Harold McGraw III awarded William the McGraw-Hill Companies' Robert Sherman Award for Music Education and Community Outreach, in recognition of his work with CiH. Cultures in Harmony has been profiled in Music and Vision Daily (U.K.), The Zimbabwe Herald, Reforma (Mexico), and in The Juilliard Journal, as well as on radio in New York, Indianapolis, Bloomington, Chicago, and Spokane, and on national radio in the U.S. (NPR's Performance Today), Moldova, Tunisia, and the Philippines.
Samanyola TV in Turkey profiled the successful Cultures in Harmony benefit concert for the celebrated humanitarian organization Kimse Yok Mu. In Tunisia, Mr. Harvey appeared as a guest on Morning Breeze, the most popular national TV program. In Pakistan, national TV aired a documentary about our project there. CiH received major gifts from the United States Department of State and the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation.
Cultures in Harmony is a not-for-profit corporation exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to Cultures in Harmony are deductible under section 170 of the Code. Cultures in Harmony is also qualified to receive tax deductible bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the Code.