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East Meets West
Ethical Society of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
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East Meets West
Intercultural Journeys will perform at the Ethical Society, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia, on Friday, November 8, 7:00 pm.

"East Meets West" features Intercultural Journeys' co-founder, Founding Artistic Director and Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Udi Bar David;  Philadelphia Orchestra principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales; Jiebing Chen, one of the world's foremost virtuosos on the erhu, a two-stringed traditional Chinese instrument; and Middle Eastern/Latin percussionist Hafez Kotain.  This powerful quartet made their inaugural debut in 2012 in New York's Carnegie Hall.

Ricardo Morales is one of the most sought after clarinetists of today. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal clarinet in 2003. Prior to this he was principal clarinet of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position he assumed at the age of 21, under the direction of James Levine. His virtuosity and artistry as a soloist, chamber, and orchestral musician has been hailed and recognized in concert halls around the world. He has performed as guest principal clarinetist several times with the New York Philharmonic and the Chicago Symphony, and at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle, performed as guest principal clarinet with the Berlin Philharmonic.

Jiebing Chen has been hailed as one of the foremost erhu virtuosos in the world.  Her world-renowned fame is based on her mastery of the classical Chinese repertory for the erhu and for her award-winning contemporary innovations using the two-stringed instrument.  With Chinese, American and European orchestras, Ms. Chen was the first to bring the erhu into the symphonic concert hall, performing as a featured soloist. Her playing brought new sound and excitement to classical music audiences.  Perhaps most compelling are her achievements as a cross-cultural performer.  Ms. Chen has virtually reinvented the erhu for the 21st century, performing in partnership with some of the most notable jazz and world music artists of our time.  

Udi Bar-David is widely considered one of the most versatile cellists in the world today. Equally at home as a classical cellist and an innovative improviser of music of all genres, he has enjoyed performing on international stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world.  Mr. Bar-David continues to work tirelessly to perform and create opportunities for open dialogues, bringing people together from different cultural backgrounds at universities, public venues, and peace-loving communities. His unique genre of cross-cultural music has been heard all over the world.

Hafez Kotain, an accomplished master percussionist, is fluent in both Arab and Latin rhythms  a fluency he honed in his native countries.  He is a recipient of the prestigious 2013 Pew Fellowship in the Arts, which is awarded each year to 12 Philadelphia artists who are of exemplary talent. Kotain has performed with Lebanese composer/musician Marcel Khalife and Al Mayadine Ensemble in their latest US and Canada tour for "Fall of the Moon: An Homage to the Poet Mahmoud Darwish." He has also toured with singer George Wassouf in Canada and the US, and has performed in Philadelphia with acclaimed artist Sting and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Kotain has worked with Al-Bustan: Seeds of Culture for over three years as a performer and teacher in various school and community-based programs.



Ethical Society of Philadelphia (View)
1906 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103
United States

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Music > World
Other > Family-Friendly

Kid Friendly: Yes!
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