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12/04/2017 - 07:00hs

Musicians to play concert for peace

Pianists from the Middle East will play a one-off show at concert hall Sala São Paulo with proceeds going for the treatment of children and adolescents with cancer.

Press Release

The duo had their debut together in 2008

São Paulo – It was almost ten years ago when two piano players from the Middle East first combined their talents in a series of shows that gave hope for peaceful coexistence in the region.

Bishara Haroni of Palestine and Yaron Kohlberg of Israel founded Duo Amal – amal is Arabic, translatable as hope. They’re due to perform on April 19 at Sala São Paulo, a concert hall in São Paulo, opening the 2017 season of the International Concerts Series hosted by the Association for Children and Adolescents with Cancer (Tucca).

This is the duo’s first time playing in Brazil. They have played over 150 concerts around the world, in places including New York, Beijing, Tokyo and South Korea. “We would like to play in Arab countries, but we haven’t had the chance yet,” the musicians told ANBA via email.

It all began in 2008 at the Oslo Opera House, in the Norwegian capital, as Kohlberg invited Haroni to play in a recital for peace. The audience reaction was great, and they went on performing together in addition to their solo careers.

In São Paulo, they will play compositions by Wolfgang Mozart, Naomi Shemer, Alexey Kurbatov, Darius Milhaud, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Sergei Rachmaninoff. One of the duo’s own pieces, “Braziliera,” will be a special dedication to the concertgoers at Sala São Paulo. “We also have a special encore in case the audience asks for it,” they said.

They are anxious to play the concert at Sala São Paulo. All proceeds will go to the treatment of disadvantaged children and adolescents with cancer, who get treated at the Santa Marcelina Hospital, in partnership with Tucca, in Itaquera, a neighborhood in east side São Paulo.

“We have heard good things about Brazil and the Brazilians. We want to make new friends. Tucca’s project is wonderful, and it is an honor to be part of it,” they said.

Quick facts
Bishara Haroni & Yaron Kohlberg - “Duo Amal”
April 19, 2017, 9pm
Duration: 70 minutes
Venue: Sala São Paulo –Júlio Prestes Square, 16 - Campos Elíseos - São Paulo
Ticket prices: from BRL 60 to BRL 280. Please call +55 11 2344-1051, write to ingressos@tucca.org.br, or buy online at https://www.ingressorapido.com.br/compra/?id=55613#!/tickets
Additional information: http://www.tucca.org.br/temporada-2017/

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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