Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel: Flutist Mais Hr...

Day of Education on Arab Citizens of Israel: Flutist Mais Hriesh & Violinist Tal First

Nov 5, 2017 3:00pm

Two of the top musicians from the Polyphony Foundation—which works to create shared musical experiences for Arab and Jewish youth—join us for a concert featuring an array of classical work including the beautiful, flashy, and exquisitely detailed Andante and Rondo by Franz Doppler.

Following their performance, the musicians will engage in a moderated conversation about the role of the arts in building shared society in Israel.

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Event Details - Sunday, November 5th, 3:00pm
Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 16th St NW
Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Greater Washington Forum on Israeli Arab Issues.
Lead Support Provided by the Naomi and Nehemiah Cohen Foundation.

Co-presented by Adas Israel Congregation, Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation, Am Kolel Jewish Renewal Community, Ameinu, American University Center for Israel Studies, American Jewish Committee Washington Region, Anti-Defamation League – Washington DC Regional Office, Embassy of Israel, Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Lois and Richard England Family Foundation, New Israel Fund, Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society, the University of Maryland Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies, and the Washington Hebrew Congregation.


About the Musicians & the Moderator
Mari Hriesh

Mais Hriesh is a flutist from Nazareth, who got her start playing with the Polyphony conservatory at age 13, and accompanied the Polyphony Ensemble on their first US tour in 2011. In 2016, she studied with Claudia Stein and Pirmin Grehl in Berlin and late that year performed solos with Polyphony under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Saleem Ashkar. Today, Hriesh is an active chamber music player, orchestra player as well as a soloist, and is completing her studies at Bard College.

Tal First
Tal First is a violinist who began his studies at age 6 with Mr. Geri Ferber, before continuing his education at the Thelma Yellin School of Arts, and the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. He received a Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Scholarship, and served as an “outstanding musician” in the IDF. First has performed as a soloist with the Thelma Yellin Symphony Orchestra, the Galilee Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the West Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. He is currently studying at the Juilliard School with Mr. Li Lin.

Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar (moderator)
Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar is the Co-Founder of Polyphony and the Executive Director of Polyphony Education. He is a visionary champion for youth and community development and a gifted violinist. Abboud-Ashkar has led and inspired people from all walks of life across Israel, Europe and the U.S. He performed with—and was a spokesperson for—the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra for a decade. In 2006, Nabeel gave up his music career and returned to his hometown, the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth, to answer the need he saw in the community for quality music programming. He founded and led the Barenboim-Said Conservatory there, in 2008 he founded and led the Barenboim-Said conservatory in Jaffa and in 2010 he led the Barenboim-Said music center in Ramallah. As his efforts expanded, he co-founded Polyphony in 2012, and the Conservatory in Nazareth and Jaffa were renamed after the organization. Having begun his violin studies at age eight, he graduated from Tel Aviv University in both physics and music, and completed his master’s at the Hochschule fur Musik, in Rostock, Germany. For his groundbreaking work, Nabeel has been honored with the Yoko Ono Award for Courage in the Arts, the Charles Ansbacher Music for All award and Honorary Doctorate from Washington College.