Rena Potok

Bridging Cultural Gaps: Israeli-Jewish cellist Udi Bar-David, left, and Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khoury rehearse ?Resonances.?

Creating an Arab-Israeli Dialogue, One Note at a Time

On a rain-drenched afternoon in Philadelphia, I entered a small underground room at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to observe a rehearsal of “Resonances” — a new composition commissioned by Intercultural Journeys, an Arab/Jewish ensemble that utilizes the arts as a vehicle to produce dialogue between the Israeli and Arab peoples. In rehearsal were Syrian composer Kareem Roustom, Arab-Israeli violinist Hanna Khoury and Israeli-Jewish cellist Udi Bar-David.