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OUR MISSION: Polyphony aims to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through music and to serve as a worldwide model for cooperation based on cultural exchange, dialogue and partnership.

Reaching New Heights Together

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Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, Polyphony’s founder and CEO, speaks to the NJJN about music, education, politics and the Polyphony Ensemble American tour

 

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Polyphony – a special concert for evacuees, Nazareth, November 26, 2023

 

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SOMEWHERE, אי שם, في مكانٍ ما
60 Jewish and Arab singers and musicians joined together on the Israeli Opera’s stage to record a special rendition of Somewhere, the powerful song written by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim for West Side Story. United on one stage, they convey a message of hope for a better future for all of us in Israel. A special project of the Israeli Opera, the Galilee Chamber Orchestra (by Polyphony Education), the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music and Tel Aviv University.

 

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Music and Society Seminar alumni workshop in Nazareth, November 11th, 2023

 

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The Polyphony Conservatory in Nazareth, November 2023

 

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Together through music – Crisantemi Quartet plays at the Jerusalem’s YMCA

 

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A Message from Polyphony

 

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Polyphony Conservatory alumnis Nabeel Hayek (piano) & Ghenwa Khazin (cello) at the Kultursommer 2023 festival in Hannover, Germany

 

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The Galilee Chamber Orchestra
Carnegie Hall debut with violinist Joshua Bell,
at the North American tour 2022

 

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DEU, Deutschland, Berlin, 31.07.2019,
Konzerthaus Berlin,
Young Euro Classic 2019:
Galilee Chamber Orchestra (Israel-Palästina),
Dirigent und Klavier: Saleem Ashkar,
Pate des Abends: Stefan Raue,
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The Galilee Chamber Orchestra
debuted in Europe this summer
with four concerts in Germany.

 

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A Jerusalem Post interview with Faris Badarni,
a Polyphony scholar, about international
Polyphony production – Seasons, 2023

 

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Polyphony Alumni Yamen Saadi
wins Ilona Kornhauser Prize for Violin
at Israel’s 2020 Aviv Competition.

 

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“Polyphony embodies so many beliefs I have about the power of music– its potential to inspire, to teach, and to heal divisions for both audiences and performers alike. For the past four years, I’ve watched this remarkable organization nurture today’s students as they grow into mature artists, while fostering and strengthening community and shared ideals. I am so excited to be performing with them in 2020, and to continue watching Polyphony as it brings it message of hope and harmony to audiences all over the world.”
– Renée Fleming
“I recognize the courage required to bring children
together from Israeli and Palestinian communities to find commonality in music as a very powerful and effective
beginning towards peace.”
– Yoko Ono
“Music is one of the ways that we can bridge perceived cultural divides…I was very excited about coming [to Nazareth to play with the young people of Polyphony].”
– Branford Marsalis
“When I learned about Polyphony, I was so mesmerized, the only thing I could ask was if I could join and help by playing with them. It’s an Arab and Jewish endeavor and when they play music, there is nothing more harmonious and beautiful.”
– David Broza