Shesh Besh, The Arab-Jewish Ensemble, Promotes Peace Through Music at Heritage Center
Dec 20, 2019
DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque Heritage Center continues its seventh annual Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series with Shesh Besh, The Arab-Jewish Ensemble, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, in John and Alice Butler Hall.
WHAT: Shesh Besh, Live at Heritage Center Performing Arts Series
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1
WHERE: John and Alice Butler Hall, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque
TICKETS: UD Students: $5 in advance, $9 day of show; UD Faculty/Staff, Alumni, Parents of Current UD Students, Military, and Veterans: $10-$17 in advance, $15-$22 day of show; General Public: $14-$20 in advance, $19-$25 day of show; Non-UD Students and Children: $10 in advance, $15 day of show
* Heritage Center Farber Box Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3. During the closure, online convenience fees are waived. Normal box office hours resume Monday, Jan. 6.
Shesh Besh, The Arab-Jewish Ensemble, promotes a model of tolerance and mutual respect in a turbulent, violent Middle East. Comprised of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra alongside three of the finest musicians from Israel’s Arab community, the ensemble seeks an elusive balance of East and West through music while embodying two cultures living together in harmony. In 2007, Shesh Besh received the European Medal of Honor-Prize for Tolerance in recognition of the ensemble’s vision and commitment to Israeli-Arab relations.
Musically, Shesh Besh reflects a multicultural context of classical Western music, classical Eastern works, and original compositions. Instrumentation includes violin, oud, flute, double bass, and percussion (deff and darbuka). Shesh Besh is presented in cooperation with the Dubuque Arts Council.
Prior to the performance, community group Children of Abraham will lead a pre-show dialogue on opportunities related to embracing diversity from 6:30 to 7 p.m. in Babka Theatre. In addition, a free pre-show reception will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Bisignano Art Gallery in conjunction with the “Children of Abraham, An Exhibition” exhibit. The exhibit will be open Saturday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 21.
Shesh Besh is made possible, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-in-Residence Endowment.
The engagement also is supported by Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest, generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from the Iowa Arts Council and the Crane Group. Arts Midwest makes it possible for Heritage Center to present premiere international artists and offer outreach programs to tri-state area schools.
Tickets for Shesh Besh can be chosen as part of a flexible season ticket package through Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, or single tickets can be purchased from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Farber Box Office, Heritage Center, University of Dubuque, 2255 Bennett Street; by phone at 563.585.SHOW; or online at www.dbq.edu/heritagecenter. The Farber Box Office will be closed Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3. During the closure, online convenience fees are waived. Normal box office hours resume Monday, Jan. 6.