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“I would say to the Americans, ‘Thank you’. You are doing a great job helping young people who are trying to change the culture in Israel.”

— Patrice, father to a 16-year-old Jewish Conservatory student

Support Polyphony’s Performance at the Pico Union Project

Los Angeles, California. Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you for helping the Polyphony Foundation to bridge the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through music and build a better Israeli society. Polyphony’s programs also serve as a worldwide model for cooperation based on cultural exchange, dialogue and partnership.


We invite you to make a donation below via our online portal. Your one-time or recurring gift is fully tax-deductible (EIN 27-5559473). With your generous support, our important work can continue and expand to reach many more Arab and Jewish students and their families.


The November 14 concert will feature violinists Yamen Saadi and Edi Kotlyar, violist Yoav Yatzkin, and cellist Mahdi Saadi. The program will include:


BELA BARTOK (1881 – 1945): three selections from 44 Duos for 2 violins

HENRI WIENIAWSKI (1835 – 1880): Etudes-Caprice, Op. 18, No. 1 and No. 4

W.A. MOZART (1756 – 1791): Duet for Violin and Viola in G Major, I. Allegro

EUGENE YSAYE (1858-1931): Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in d minor

FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797 – 1828): String Quartet No. 13 in a minor, op. 29 “Rosamunde”

Arrangements of Arab and Jewish folk tunes


Following the music, Co-Founder and Director Nabeel Abboud Ashkar and the musicians will answer questions from the audience.

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Polyphony’s Programs

Creating common ground by making common sound

Alhan students, September 2016.

Alhan is an in-school musical education curriculum for kindergarten to 6th-grade student that uses new and familiar melodies appropriate for schools in both communities to teach children basic musical concepts.


The Nazareth Conservatory provides classical music instruction to over 115 students, aged 4 to 18. In individual lessons, students develop self-discipline and confidence. In chamber groups, pupils learn to listen and make artistic decisions together.

The Ensemble touring the old city of Ghent.

The Scholar-in-Residence seminar is for advanced musicians aged 15 to 18. For five days twice a year, an equal cohort of Arab and Jewish teenagers come together for a musical and academic immersion in a neutral environment that culminates in a public orchestral concert.

Galilee Orchestra in rehearsal in Wiesbaden.

The Galilee Chamber Orchestra is Israel’s first professional mixed orchestra. They perform in Israel for public audiences, as part of Alhan concerts, and recently made its European debut in Germany.

Polyphony earned the 2019 Silver Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations. You can visit our profile here.