Tempe, AZ – On February 15 at 7 pm, Israeli pianist Sally Pinkas, Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and the Apple Hill Quartet will present PLAYING FOR PEACE at Tempe’s ASU Gammage. The performance brings together world-renowned artists that use music to bridge the divide between cultures in conflict. Tickets are on sale now.

Musicians include Sally Pinkas (pianist), Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) and the Apple Hill Quartet comprised of Elise Kudar and Colleen Jennings (violin), Michael Kelly (viola) and Rupert Thompson (violoncello).  The concert features a work co-commissioned by ASU Gammage by Kareem Roustom, an Emmy-nominated composer whose credits range from the Philadelphia Orchestra to superstar Shakira, to celebrated film scores. Titled Traces, the work draws upon the poetic imagery of an abandoned Bedouin encampment, a common theme found in classical pre-Islamic Arab poetry.  The new work will be paired with the haunting Piano Quintet by Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996), composed in 1944 soon after Weinberg, a Polish Jew, escaped to Minsk with his family.  Living the rest of his life under Soviet rule, he left behind a considerable amount of music that has been re-discovered in recent years.

Playing for Peace is an innovative program where the acclaimed musicians from Apple Hill travel to “hot spots” of the world - including many areas of the Middle East.  They work with  musicians from each community, putting them together, in small chamber ensembles.  These particular musicians from areas of conflict or misunderstanding are given a task – to learn a piece of music together. The goal is to use the skills of chamber music to communicate with each other, which would not ordinarily happen in their regions or native countries. At ASU, Gammage has also engaged Apple Hill to teach team building, music master classes and conflict seminar with business, music, and global religion and conflict students.

“When you sit on stage and play it doesn’t matter where we come from because we communicate through this music,” Pinkas said. “There are no borders when you speak through music”.

PLAYING FOR PEACE is part of ASU Gammage’s 2013-2014 BEYOND series, which for 22 years has evolved into a carefully curated series that brings world-class artists into the community. The artists selected present compelling work while connecting with Valley residents through artist residency programs, master classes and public performances. The BEYOND series is made possible by the Margaret T. Morris Foundation, The Way Family/Way Family Charitable Foundation, Reverend Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey, US Airways, APS, NEFA and media partner KJZZ and KBAQ.

About ASU Gammage
For nearly 50 years, ASU Gammage has been a top cultural destination in the Valley. The Frank Lloyd Wright designed performing arts center located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University is one of the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world and top touring market for Broadway. Home to the Desert Schools Broadway Across America-Arizona and BEYOND series, the mission of Connecting CommunitiesTM goes beyond the stage and the programs and impacts the community through shared experiences in the arts.