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Benefit Concerts for the Palestinian Violin Project


violinVermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel is pleased to announce the September 2015 dates for the premiere concerts of the Palestinian Violin to be played by acclaimed violinist Michael Dabroski. The concerts will feature the world premiere of an exquisite violin made by a young Palestinian luthier, Shehada Shalalda, of Ramallah, Palestine. Joining Michael in these first four concerts will be celebrated pianist Michael Arnowitt.

The concerts will also premiere Mr. Dabroski’s Suite for Palestine, six movements for unaccompanied violin inspired by Palestinian folk melodies and his travels to Israel-Palestine in March 2015.

The program will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita no. 2 in c minor, BWV 826, Erik Satie Gnossienne’s no. 1 (1890 – arr. for violin and piano), and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata in G for violin and piano, Opus 96.

Free-will offerings at the concerts will benefit Al-Kamandjati (“The Violinist”), a school that provides music education to impoverished Palestinian children. Anyone wanting to donate to Al Kamandjati who is unable to attend a concert may make a tax-deductible contribution via Alwan for the Arts. For details please visit

Performance dates, times, and venues are:
Thursday, September 3, College Street Congregational Church, 265 College Street, Burlington, VT, 7:30 pm;
Friday, September 4, Unitarian Church, 130 Main Street, Montpelier, VT, 7:30 pm;
Thursday, September 10, Trinity Church, 85 West Street, Rutland, VT, 7:30 pm, cosponsored by Good Shepherd Lutheran Church;
Saturday, September 26, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5 Summer Street, Hanover, NH, 7 pm.
For more information, please contact Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel, or call 802-878-3695.

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