Fusions Continuum: A Recital of Jewish and Arabic Art Music

by Judith Sone
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When and Where

April 5, 2014, 8:00 p.m.

Mills Recital Hall
455 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

April 6, 2014, 12:30 p.m.

Chazen Museum of Art
750 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

April 6, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Rubenstein Pavilion
1400 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202

All concerts are free and open to the public; no ticket required.

About Fusions


Oud artist Taiseer Elias, Composer/Pianist Menachem Wiesenberg, and Cellist/Pedagogue Uri Vardi are pleased to announce the next phase of their successful performance project, Fusions.

Fusions aims to highlight the connections and commonalities between Arabic and Jewish art music, which are rarely heard together. The three artists feel passionate about the value of collaborating through the music of their two cultures, which have so often experienced conflict. They hope that sharing this connection with audiences will result in both a moving musical experience and a different view of what is possible through artistic exchange. The three artists have collaborated for nearly two decades: not only by performing traditional music together, but also by commissioning new pieces that
showcase both Arabic and Jewish musical idioms. The three artists are now planning a U.S tour in April 2014. The program includes traditional solo music for oud, duo arrangements of both Jewish and Arabic music, and two contemporary works: an Overture for all three instruments by Wiesenberg, and a duo for oud and cello, which the group commissioned from composer Jan Radzynski.

About the artists        View the program

Listen to a sample


The Fusions concerts are presented by the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Federation of Madison. Additional support comes from the UW–Madison School of Music, the Consulate General of Israel, the Anonymous Fund, UW–Madison Global Studies, the Middle East Studies Program of UW–Madison, Chai Point Senior Living, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (Milwaukee), the Sam & Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee. Amplification equipment courtesy of Jonathan and Susan Lipp and Full Compass Systems.