Musicians for Harmony, a New York-based organization founded in 2001 to advance the cause of peace through music, has announced details of its 2009-10 concert season in New York City. The season will include two programs at Merkin Hall in Manhattan, the first of which is the annual “Concert for Peace” in September, featuring vocalist Mary Wilson performing music of the Supremes; also on that concert are the U.S. premiere of Sufi songs from Pakistan, performed by Nauman Khan Lashrie; Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, peformed by the Shanghai Quartet; and Gypsy-infused music of Eastern Europe, performed by Ljova & The Kontraband. The second concert at Merkin Hall, in April 2010, will focus on music by composers of Jewish and Arab origin, including Halim El-Dabh (String Quartet: Metamorphoses and Fugue on Egyptian Folklore), Tobias Picker (Nova), Yehudi Wyner (Tanz and Máissele), Richard Danielpour (Third String Quartet), and Mohammed Fairouz (song cycle, world premiere). There will also be an April 2010 concert in Queens, at Queens College’s LeFrak Hall: a chamber-music program of Chinese music performed by Chinese musician Hu Jianbing, along with Ravel’s Piano Trio, with violinist Colin Jacobsen, cellist Eric Jacobsen, and violinist Catherine Cho.
Posted July 31, 2009