NY 1 recently featured a story about popstar Cher‘s association with Polyphony, an organization which sponsors classical music education for young Arab-Israeli students. According to its website, Polyphony was founded in March of 2011 and provides music education programs to “bridge the divide between Israel’s Arab and Jewish communities, facilitating cultural exchange, dialogue and partnership.” Cher is a member of the board of trustees, along with violin virtuoso Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, one of the world’s most prominent Palestinian classical musicians.
Several of Polyphony’s young musicians are traveling through the United States on a fund-raising tour. Cher hosted the students in her California home. According to the pop diva,
When I listen to these young people, I know that they’re standing and a spirit is coming through them… It’s pureness.
One of my favorite quotations about music comes from renowned violin pedagogue, Dr. Shinichi Suzuki, “Music is the language of the heart without words”. The quote applies perfectly to Polyphony, which allows members of disparate communities to communicate through music. Here’s hoping that this program lives a long and successful life.
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