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ARTolerance & BZBI Present: One Song
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ARTolerance & BZBI Present: One Song

May 9 2018, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Celebrate Israel70 with the richness and multiculturalism of Israeli music. Join Israeli-born Philadelphia Orchestra musicians Udi Bar-David (cello) and Nitzan Haroz (trombone) as they perform with Mizrahi-Ashkenazi vocalist Rabbi Yosef Goldman and Lebanese-American percussionist Joseph Tayoun — a gorgeous blend of sounds that joyously reflects Israel’s diversity.

In the soaring setting of BZBI’s Goldberg Sanctuary, One Song will engage and move you, and serve as a reminder of our connectedness.


Udi Bar-David
Israeli-Trained Philadelphia Orchestra Cellist
Rabbi Yosef Goldman
Singer & Percussionist of mixed Ashkenazi and Mizrachi heritage
Nitzan Haroz
Principal Trombonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra
Joseph Tayoun
Lebanese American Percussionist

Street parking, with a BZBI parking placard, is available.

About ARTolerance:

Founded by renowned cellist Udi Bar-David, ARTolerance works to advance cross-cultural dialogue and explore common ground through impactful performances, events and workshops. ARTolerance utilizes the arts as a means to transcend communication boundaries, creating a common language in order to resolve conflict.


Udi Bar-David

Udi Bar-David is widely considered one of the world’s most versatile cellists. Since 1987 he has been a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, where he served on the Board of Directors, as well as the Artistic Director for the Hear O Israel concert at the Core States Center. Equally at home as a classical cellist and as a genre-spanning improviser, Bar-David has enjoyed performing internationally with both classical and ethnic musicians from all over the world.

His training began in Tel Aviv, supported by the American Israel Cultural Foundation, and continued in the United States with Leonard Rose at the Julliard School. As an acclaimed soloist, prior to joining the Philadelphia Orchestra Bar-David performed with leading orchestras in Israel and recorded at the Jerusalem Music Center founded by Pablo Casals; and also served as principal cellist in the International Youth Orchestra, the National Orchestra of New York, and with the American Ballet Theatre. As a chamber musician Bar-David has collaborated with Christoph Eschenbach, Leon Fleisher, Jaime Laredo, Rudolph Buchbinder, Emanuel Ax and others.

Bar-David works tirelessly to create cross-cultural dialogue through performance. He is the founder of Intercultural Journeys, a Philadelphia non-profit organization committed to the pursuit of peace through the arts. He has toured Europe, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Asia and across the United States with world-renowned artists including Jie Bing Chen, Nawang Khechog, Hanna Khoury, Wu Man, Diane Monroe, R. Carlos Nakai, Kareem Roustom, Mandy Patinkin and Simon Shaheen. Most recently, Bar-David founded ARTolerance, an important new effort to expand the crucial role music and the arts play in fostering understanding between communities in conflict.

Yosef Goldman

Rabbi Yosef Goldman is Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel’s Director of Sacred Music. Raised Orthodox in New York City, in a mixed Ashkenazi and Mizrachi home, Goldman earned a Masters in Sacred Music from the Jewish Theological Seminary along with his ordination, and has taught and facilitated sacred prayer space in communities throughout the Jewish denominational spectrum.

As a singer and percussionist, Goldman has performed and recorded with a wide range of Jewish artists and has curated showcases for the Sephardic Music Festival. He currently performs as a vocalist with Joey Weisenberg and the Hadar Ensemble, and with the Middle Eastern Jewish music ensemble the Epichorus. Goldman is also a founding member of the Philadelphia Jewish music collective the Shir Singing Circle.

Nitzan Haroz

Nitzan Haroz, a native of Israel, rejoins The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal trombone in 2014 after holding the same position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 2012. Previously he was principal trombone of The Philadelphia Orchestra since 1995 after serving as assistant principal trombone of the New York Philharmonic and principal trombone of the Israel Symphony and Opera Orchestra. He was also first trombone of the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and performed with the Jerusalem Symphony. Mr. Haroz has appeared as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra (which included his Carnegie Hall solo debut, where he gave the world premiere of Blue Winter for trombone and orchestra by Roland Pöntinen), the Israel Philharmonic, the Israel Symphony, the Jerusalem Symphony, the Sofia Radio Symphony, and the Fairbanks Symphony, among others, and he is an active recitalist and chamber musician.

Mr. Haroz is a first-prize winner of the François Shapira Competition in Israel and a former scholarship recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He has commissioned and premiered several works for trombone and harp with his mother, harpist Adina Haroz. He is a frequent clinician at trombone conferences world-wide and has given master classes and recitals in Israel, the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

Mr. Haroz has performed with the New York, Philadelphia, and Israel brass ensembles; the Rishon-Le Zion Brass Quintet; and many other chamber groups. His teachers included Eli Aharoni, Mitchel Ross in Israel, and Joseph Alessi at the Juilliard School. Mr. Haroz’s recording, Towards the Light, was released in 2004. He currently serves on the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Joseph Tayoun

Joseph Tayoun, a second generation Lebanese American, is an accomplished Middle Eastern percussionist. He started playing at age eight at his family’s renowned Middle East Restaurant in Philadelphia where live authentic Arabic, Turkish, Persian, Armenian, Greek, and Israeli music and dance were performed nightly for forty years. Learning from many of the area’s top Middle Eastern players, Joe became adept at the many styles of drumming within these different traditions. He performs much of this repertoire with an ensemble at the Nile restaurant (the former Middle East Restaurant) in Philadelphia, and with other ensembles locally and nationally, including Jaffna, a band that combines styles of Middle Eastern and Indian music.

Having taught music in a New Jersey public school for years, he currently teaches drumming at St. Maron’s Hall in the heart of Philadelphia’s Lebanese community, in part, through PFP’s FAME program. In the summers, he teaches at Al-Bustan Arabic Day Camp along with Middle Eastern dancer Michele Tayoun. He also conducts workshops at conferences and universities.

Joseph’s performance history includes seasons at two of the world’s largest casinos: the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City and Foxwoods in Connecticut. He has participated in several residencies with Zakir Hussain and with Simon Shaheen at Swarthmore College and The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia. He accompanied Yair Dolal of Israel for performances in Princeton, New Jersey, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and performs with Philadelphia Orchestra cellist Ohad “Udi” Bar David, and his Intercultural Journeys ensemble. For the past decade, Joseph has also been playing “Concerts for Peace” with the Arabic-Jewish ensemble Atzilut, with whom he has performed at the United Nations, and traveled throughout the U.S. as well as Germany and Portugal. Currently participating in PFP’s Folk Arts Education program, and collaborating in Tito Rubio’s PFP artist residency this year, he will be one of PFP’s artists in residence in 2005-2006.

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