WATCH: Israeli mission to UN seeks peace through music
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WATCH: Israeli mission to UN seeks peace through music

‘United Pianos’ brings together 11 musicians from six continents who together play one tune based on Peter and the Wolf

The Israeli mission to the United Nations is sponsoring a multi-nation project involving one piece of music played by 11 musicians from six continents.

The “United Pianos” project was produced by CRC Media together with Israeli musician Idan Raichel and composer Tomer Biran, who have created a special rendition of a melody from Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.”

The video features pianists from Israel, Turkey, USA, Vietnam, The Bahamas, Germany, India, Australia, Russia, South Africa and Poland. The pianists represent the nations of the world, and include men and women, Jews, Muslims and Christians, playing together and conveying a message of peace and inclusion. Meytal Cohen from LA, known for her viral drumming videos on YouTube, makes a special appearance in the video as well.

The video shows each pianist in his or her home country, playing a part of the arrangement, as the player’s national flag appears in the top left-hand corner of the screen. The two-minute piece is a riff on the theme symbolizing Peter from Sergei Prokofiev’s masterpiece, written – remarkably – over the course of four days in 1936.

“Music is a global language, it has the power to unite us together, by bridging cultural and political gaps,” said Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon to mark the release of the video.

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