Playing for Peace: Music by Arabs and Israelis
A 1992 Middle East Peace Tour is embarked upon by six American musicians of the New Hampshire based Apple Hill Chamber Players. In Israel and its Arab neighbors, they give concerts, teach master classes, and audition young musicians of whom eleven are selected for full scholarships to study that August at the Apple Hill Center. Five Israelis and six Arabs find that music can bridge cultural gaps where politics and diplomacy fail.
Through the creation of an inspirational environment at its concerts, workshops and annual Summer Festival, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music cultivates friendship, community, peace, and understanding among people of diverse backgrounds, ages and cultures— at Apple Hill and throughout the world.
Founded as a non-profit organization in 1971, Apple Hill’s mission is Playing for Peace. Dedicated to using music as a tool for conflict resolution, Apple Hill brings together musicians of diverse backgrounds to bridge differences and enhance global awareness.
Apple Hill promotes peace and understanding through the playing and teaching chamber music. By definition, chamber music is a democratic process. Because there is no conductor, musicians must connect effectively – verbally and non-verbally -- to achieve a common musical goal. These skills open the door to other levels of intercultural communication.
The Apple Hill Chamber Players tour worldwide, performing concerts, conducting master classes and workshops, and awarding scholarships to musicians of conflicting cultures. The scholarship students attend the International Summer Music Festival held in Southern New Hampshire.Related Links