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Media Contact: Dave Lavallee 401-874-2116

Take some ‘Intercultural Journeys in
Music’ at URI Honors Colloquium Nov. 3

Music of Arab and Jewish cultures to be featured

KINGSTON, R.I. -- October 24, 2003 -- The University of Rhode Island Honors Colloquium will present a conversation and performance with David Kim, concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and other world-class musicians on Monday, Nov. 3.

The musical program, "Intercultural Journeys in Music," will be held in Edwards Auditorium on the Kingston Campus at 7 p.m. Like all programs in the colloquium titled "The Futures of Globalization," the performance is free and open to the public.

Along with Kim, founder and director of the Kingston Chamber Music Festival, the musicians are: Ohad Bar-David, cellist, Philadelphia Orchestra and artistic director of Intercultural Journeys; Simon Shaheen, violinist, composer, and producer of the Annual Arab Festival of Arts, and the annual Arabic Music Retreat; Jonathan Beiler, violin, Philadelphia Orchestra; Anna Marie Ahn Peterson, viola, Philadelphia Orchestra and a percussionist to be announced.

The URI College of Arts and Sciences and Theta Chi Fraternity are the sponsors of the program.

The event promises an extraordinary program of global music, demonstrating not only the best of artistic quality, but also the broad reach of art and the international calling of world-class musicians.

Kim, a South Kingstown native and world acclaimed violinist, is coordinating the program.

The first part of the evening will be in the hands of the world-class Israeli cellist, Ohad Bar-David, president of Intercultural Journeys. Along with Simon Shaheen, one of the most significant Arabic musicians of his generation, along with a renowned Palestinian percussionist from New York City, they will offer the flavor of Middle Eastern music, particularly that of the Arab and Jewish cultures.

Intercultural Journeys was founded by several artists who strive to bring the richness of art forms from other cultures to the attention of Americans, with the belief that appreciation of other cultures is an important step toward global harmony. "It is our belief that beautiful performances done for the purpose of bringing people together, who might otherwise be in conflict, gives us the opportunity to play a small part in contributing to world peace," the organization says on its web site.

Bar-David and the other musicians will engage in a brief discussion of their performance and their work, with a focus on the impact of globalization on today’s artist. Providence Journal music critic Channing Gray will moderate the discussion.

The second part of the evening will be devoted to more traditional chamber music with a performance of Antonin Dvorak’s well-known String Quartet No. 12 "American" in F Major (Opus 96) by the participants from the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kim selected this piece, in part, to demonstrate that classical music always has and always will be a global venture. Dvorak, a Czech composer, wrote this quartet in the 1890s while visiting the town of Spillville, Iowa, blending his own background as a famous European composer with motifs of indigenous American music and culture.

Please visit www.uri.edu/hc for the most current colloquium information and full schedule of events and directions, or contact the URI Honors Center at 401-874-2381 or debg@uri.edu.

The program’s major sponsors are: the URI Honors Program and President’s Office, The Providence Journal, Fidelity Investments, URI Foundation, URI College of Arts and Sciences and the URI College of Business Administration.

Other sponsors are the URI Office of Student Affairs, URI Alumni Association, URI Multicultural Center and URI College of Pharmacy.


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