Remapping the Middle East

Remapping the Middle East Playlist

Co-presented by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Can intercultural collaborations help mediate tribal identities and conflicts in the Middle East? A panel of musical authorities navigates the complex terrain of Arab-Israeli cultural reconciliation: UC Berkeley ethnomusicologist Benjamin Brinner has studied 1980s fusion bands in Israel; Arab American composer Mohammed Fairouz sets Jewish and Arab texts in his works; oudist and Arab music educator Thaer Bader is an alumnus of the Arab-Jewish Youth orchestra in Jerusalem; and Israeli composer Betty Olivero draws musical inspiration from Arabic poetry. This dynamic program is punctuated by performances by Bader, famed mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, and clarinetist and 2013–14 UC Regents’ Lecturer David Krakauer.

This program is part of the weeklong series Listening to the Other: Mideast Musical Dialogues.

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Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
Member Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. Cash only. 

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All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.