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Watch and Listen: Music for Peace with Cellist Udi Bar-David and Friends! Live from WRTI

Listen to cellist Udi Bar-David, clarinetist Ricardo Morales, and percussionist Rolando Morales-Matos perform highlights of their upcoming free concert on November 18th presented by ARTolerance, an organization committed to using the arts to foster dialogue and promote peace. Listen to music from the Middle East and beyond! WRTI's Susan Lewis is host.

Moshe Vilensky: Hora Mamtera
Refael Hernandez: Lamento Borincano
Riad al Sunbati: Longa Farahfaza
Spiritual: Motherless Child
Antonio Vivaldi: from Concerto for Two Cellos

Watch the entire performance recorded live on the WRTI Facebook page

Founded and led by American-Israeli cellist Ohad (Udi) Bar-David, ARTolerancehas a mission "to advance the role of the arts in dialogues, transcend communication boundaries, and explore common ground." 

Credit Jan Regan/The Philadelphia Orchestra

On The Philadelphia Orchestra's recent tour of Israel, Bar-David, who is also a cellist in the Orchestra, organized a visit by a quartet of musicians and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, translated as "Oasis of Peace." It's a cooperative community founded by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. 

On Sunday November 18th at 4 pm, an ensemble from ARTolerance will perform a free concert at the Wayne Presbyterian Church celebrating "A Return to Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam."  The concert will include a special presentation with representatives from the village. 

Udi Bar-David performs on international stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world.  Born and raised in Israel, he began music lessons in Tel Aviv before coming to the United States to study with Leonard Rose from the Juillard School. An acclaimed soloist and chamber musician, he has collaborated with world-renowned artists, including Hanna Khoury, Wu Man, R.Carlos Nakai, and Mandy Patinkin. He has been a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1997.

In 2001, he founded Intercultural Journeys, an organization that pursues peace through the arts, which has worked in partnership with the Orchestra to present cross cultural presentations. More recently he founded ARTolerance, a new effort to expand the crucial role music and the arts play in fostering understanding and tolerance between communities in the world. 

Ricardo Morales  joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003, after serving as principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, since the age of 21.  A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Morales began music study at the Escuela Libre de Musica and continued his studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Indiana University.  His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He's been asked to perform as principal clarinet with The New York Philharmonic, the Chicago Symphony, and as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic. He also performs as principal clarinet with the Saito Kinen Festival Orchestra.  

A multifaceted percussionist, Rolando Morales-Matos is a sought-after Latin, Jazz, and Classical musician who tours all over the world. Since 1997, he's been Percussionist and Assistant Conductor of the Broadway musical, The Lion King.  Born and raised in Puerto Rico, he moved to the U.S. to study at Carnegie Mellon University with continuing studies at Duquesne, and Temple University. He has written over 20 compositions for percussion ensembles and the textbook, Techniques and Basic Patterns for Congas, Timbales, and Bongos. 

Susan writes and produces stories about music and the arts. She’s host and producer of WRTI’s TIME IN online interview series, and contributes weekly intermission interviews for The Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert series. She’s also been a regular host of WRTI’s Live from the Performance Studio sessions.