|The Polyphony Youth Orchestra
Hometown: Nazareth, Israel
Web site: http://www.polyphonyfoundation.org
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The Polyphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of some of Israel's most talented Jewish and Arab musicians who range in age from 10 to 20 years old. The orchestra is supported by the Polyphony Foundation, winner of the 2012 Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts, a US-based non-profit that aims to use music to bridge the divide between the future leaders of Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities. Renowned Arab Israeli violinist Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar co-founded Polyphony in 2011 with New York investor and philanthropist Craig Cogut. Polyphony’s programs impact more than 2,000 Arab and Jewish youths, starting with elementary school outreach and leading up to integrated orchestras that allow teenage musicians to learn, experience and perform together. All music education programs are funded by the Polyphony Foundation and operated by Polyphony Education Israel and Orpheus Music Education in Israel. The Polyphony Youth Orchestra conducted a three-week US tour during summer 2012 with performances in Greenwich, CT; Detroit, Michigan; New York, New York; and Aspen, CO; at venues including private homes, synagogues, and churches.
Music, Video, Image and Lyric Samples:
The Polyphony Youth Orchestra in New York City, October 2011
The Polyphony Youth Orchestra performing in Greenwich, Connecticut, in June 2012