Music cuts to the core of what makes us similar and human. Its a direct channel to the heart, says Shaul Gabbay, director of the Institute for the Study of Israel in the Middle East. I think that art in general speaks to part of us as human beings that other methods do not reach. Thats why an event like Light From the Desert, an Israeli-Palestinian peace concert, is so important.
Crossing borders and cultures, war and hatred, musicians Yair Dalal, Naser Musa and Ty Burhoe bring together a Middle Eastern musical tradition that reaches from the Balkans to India. This is really de-politicizing the issues and showing that music and art transcend political division, says Georgina Kolber, media contact at the Mizel Museum. Its really a subtle, organic way of saying that you take away this political mess and you have people who appreciate art and life and peace.
Light From the Desert starts tonight at 8 p.m. at Old Main Chapel on the University of Colorado at Boulder campus; it replays tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Denvers Newman Center for the Performing Arts, 2344 East Iliff Avenue. Tickets are $20 to $28. For more information, call 303-394-9993, ext. 104 (Old Main), or 303-830-8497 (Newman Center).
Sun., Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., 2008