“I want to dedicate more time to working with and learning from the few remaining masters in this field.”
Hanna Khoury (b. 1980) was trained in Western classical music and has performed with several orchestras including the Lancaster Symphony and the Harrisburg Symphony. His passion, however, lies in Arab classical music. “I want to dedicate more time to working with and learning from the few remaining masters in this field,” Khoury says, noting the scarcity of musicians and venues dedicated to the genre, “to become an authority in classical Arab music.” An Arab-Israeli musician, Khoury is a budding master of his craft who plays with superb technique. He hopes to use his talent to bring Arab classical music to audiences in the United States and throughout the world. In 2010, Khoury established the Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble at Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization for youth education in Arabic language, arts, and culture. He is currently a PhD candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Pennsylvania exploring popular culture and nationalism. As a performer, Khoury continues to collaborate with a number of prominent artists including Mandy Patinkin, in addition to solo engagements and residencies throughout the country.
Intercultural Journeys Ensemble (Udi Bar-David, Hanna Khoury, and Rolando Morales-Matos) perform with I Virtuosi Italiani, under the direction of Corrado Rovaris in 2009 Concerts for Life and Peace, 2009.
Rudresh Mahanthappa is a saxophonist and composer who hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music.
An immersive, participatory vocal performance, developed from the sounds, stories, and movements of individual bodies, will place audiences amidst performers, creating an intimate experience of group voice.
Benjamin Schachter is a musician and a 1999 Pew Fellow.
Frances Negrón-Muntaner is a filmmaker and a 1994 Pew Fellow.
In conjunction with In Search of Eastman, exploring the possibilities associated with presenting the work of Julius Eastman (1940–90), Bowerbird presents a weekend of free events introducing the life and work of the composer.
In this month’s Pew Fellows news, President Obama nominates Pepón Osorio to the National Council on the Arts, Columbus State University announces plans to open the Bo Bartlett Center, and Jenny Sabin creates an installation for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial.
Composer Jace Clayton and Barnes Foundation executive director and president Thom Collins on presenting a site-specific performance informed by the artworks of the Barnes.
The Philadelphia Ceili Group is an educational organization with an interest in Irish culture, founded in 1958 to preserve traditional ceili and set dancing.
Steven Donegan is a visual artist and a 1998 Pew Fellow.
Ars Nova Workshop presented a concert series featuring music by composers and multi-instrumentalists Henry Threadgill and Roscoe Mitchell, champions of avant-garde jazz.
WXPN produced a year-long performance series that brought authentic Mississippi blues to Philadelphia through live performances and radio broadcasts.
Jazz pianist and Blue Note recording artist Jason Moran serves as Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz.