Conducted by Saleem Abboud Ashkar, the 35-musician Galilee Chamber Orchestra broke ground as the first professional orchestra in Israel comprised of equal Jewish and Palestinian members. Ashkar came to prominence as a soloist with Daniel Barenboim’s West East Divan Orchestra. This concert marks their first appearance in Canada.
Known for his passionate artistry and engaging stage presence, Canadian pianist (and RCM alum) Jon Kimura Parker is “insightful, energetic” (The New York Times), with “absolutely top-notch music-making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear” (Washington Post).
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 59 in A Major, Hob.I:59 (“Fire”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Karim Al-Zand: Luctus Profugis
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C Major, op.2
Panel Discussion: MUSIC AND ART IN CONFLICT ZONES
Nahlah Ayed, Moderator. Host of CBC's 'Ideas'
Nabeel Aboud Ashkar, Executive Director Polyphony Education, Nazareth, Israel
Simon Wynberg, Artistic Director of the RCM's ARC Ensemble
Maryem Hassan Tollar, Artist and educator
Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, Professor of Global Health, University of Toronto and author of I Shall Not Hate
Concert Program Notes