Yuval Ron Ensemble
The first World City of the New Year features the Yuval Ron Ensemble presenting a concert of mesmerizing music and dance of the Middle East. The performers include Arabic, Jewish and Christian artists who come together to unite the sacred musical traditions of Judaism, Sufism (Islamic mystical tradition) and the Christian Armenian Church into a unique musical celebration. Composer, producer and educator Yuval Ron imparts the ancient and deep inter-cultural connection between these three traditions and the musical influences they share. This eclectic program includes songs of Sufi origin from Turkey, Jewish prayers from Morocco, Yemen and Israel and Armenian chants, accompanied by Middle Eastern stringed instruments, such as the pear-shaped oud and the kanoun, a zither with a harp-like sound. A colorful belly-dancer and whirling dervish make this inspiring program a feast for the senses!