Saturday, March 9, 2013 2:00PM
Daniels Pavilion
Udi Bar David

Bridging Cultural Divides

CONCERT: Saturday, March 9, 2:00 pm in the Daniels Pavilion
Concert is being given in tandem with a Friday workshop. 

INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS International Ensemble will present a concert of Klezmer and Jazz, Israeli folk music and spirituals, including a performance of “Vivaldi Gone Wild,” a special Klezmer rendition, with members of NPO.

Featured artists to include:

  • Udi Bar-David, Intercultural Journeys Artistic Director, Philadelphia Orchestra cellist and one of the top versatile cellists in the world.
  • Phyllis Chapell, named one of the top 500 jazz singers of all time.
  • Margot Leverett, a leading clarinetist of the klezmer revival.
  • Hafez El Ali Kotain, world-renowned Middle Eastern drummer.
  • Dave Posmontier, Jazz and Klezmer Piano/Keyboard virtuoso.
  • These artists will collaborate with members of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra.

INTERCULTURAL JOURNEYS believes that performances are opportunities to play a small part in contributing to world peace when done for the purpose of bringing people together who might otherwise be in conflict.


About Udi Bar-David

Udi is a cellist with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as President and Artistic Director of Intercultural Journeys, a none profit organization dedicated to the pursue of cross-cultural understanding through the arts. Udi Bar-David is widely considered as 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, Udi has enjoyed performing on international stages with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world. Udi's classical music training began at the age of seven in Tel-Aviv, studying with Uzi Wiesel, supported by the American Israel Cultural Foundation. Later he came to the U.S. to study cello with Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School, and conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music with Max Rudolph. An acclaimed soloist, Udi performed with leading orchestras in Israel and recorded at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by Pablo Casals. Udi joined the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1987, of which he served on the Board of Directors and as the Artistic Coordinator for the Hear O Israel concert at the Core States Center. Inspired by visits to Arab, Jewish and Buddhist villages, in 2003, Udi became the founder, president, and artistic director of Intercultural Journeys, a non-profit organization based in Philadelphia which is committed to presenting performances, conferences, master classes, lectures, and other interactions that provide opportunities for musical dialogue and understanding among a variety of cultural traditions. In partnerships with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2007-08, Intercultural Journeys presented multi-media events featuring Arab and Jewish cross-cultural concerts, and paid homage to Native American music with R. Carlos Nakai, the world’s premier Native American flutist as the guest soloist. Spreading the messages of hope, understanding and co-existence, Udi continues to perform and create opportunities for open dialogues, bringing people together from difference cultural backgrounds at universities, public venues, and International communities.
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