Symposium — Middle East Harmonies
Monday April 11, 2011 at 7:30 PM
The symposium was offered in conjunction with the concert April 10 at Sanders Theatre. The presenters addressed the use of music to increase empathy and mutual understanding among people who have been separated by borders of various kinds and alienated by conflicting politics. Samuel Huntington wrote about The Clash of Civilizations, but this project presents another model—the Counterpoint of Civilizations. Counterpoint can be thought of as the harmonious coexistence of two dissimilar (musical) ideas. Our focus is on the people and cultures of Israel and its neighbors, and on the personal experiences of the presenters.
Benjamin Brinner, ethnomusicologist (featured speaker)Click here for Prof. Jacobson’s remarks
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Musician, ethnomusicologist.
Shakir Mustafa, Arabic Languages and Literature
Andre De Quadros, Professor of Music at Boston University