Why Music - Polyphony
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“Music enables young people to create something beautiful together that needs commitment—to music and to each other.”

— Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, Co-founder of Polyphony

Why Music

 

Polyphony(n) [puh-lif-uh-nee]: The act of simultaneously combining a number of parts, each forming an individual melody and harmonizing with each other.

 

Our discovery at Polyphony is that the activity of making, sharing and appreciating music brings Arab and Jewish children together in groundbreaking new ways. Through music, young people discover their common tastes and dreams, build a new kind of relationship and begin to see new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

 

Most traditional approaches that strive to bridge this divide focus on the use of words. While words are important, we believe that the 21st century requires new and innovative approaches that will create the foundation for social and cultural transformation. That long-term work begins at the grassroots. And without it, humanistic political transformation will remain on the very distant horizon.

 

As world-renowned opera singer and Polyphony supporter Renée Fleming says, “Music is a language without language.” The dedicated study of classical music offers a powerful platform for community-building among Jews and Arabs in Israel, while also giving Arab children the experience of equality within Israeli society.

 

We are proud to be empowering a generation of young people who develop the capacity to build ensembles–not only onstage, but also offstage in their daily lives. For it is they who are building the fabric of a future society, one that could become hopeful, inclusive and filled with beautiful music.

 

 

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