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Imperial Theatre (New York, NY)
249 West 45th St.

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Jamaica is a musical with a book by Yip Harburg and Fred Saidy, lyrics by Harburg, and music by Harold Arlen. Harburg was blacklisted in Hollywood at the time of the writing of the musical. Set on a small island off the coast of Jamaica, the musical tells about a simple island community fighting to avoid being overrun by American commercialism.



Arlen's music parodies the popular form of Calypso, which was in vogue in the 1950s, largely as a result of the popularity of Harry Belafonte, for whom the musical was originally written. Belafonte withdrew from the production due to illness, and the musical was then tailored around the talents of Lena Horne.

iHeartRadio and Virgin America Team to Bring New Music Offerings in the AiriHeartRadio and Virgin America Team to Bring New Music Offerings in the Air
by BWW News Desk - Jun 30, 2015

iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia's all-in-one digital music and live streaming radio service, today announced it has joined forces with Virgin America to bring a new music selection to 35,000 feet (more...)

New Sherri Shepherd Series Among COOKING CHANNEL's August HighlightsNew Sherri Shepherd Series Among COOKING CHANNEL's August Highlights
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Emmy Award-winning TV personality, comedian and actress Sherri Shepherd joins the Cooking Channel lineup with the premiere of all-new series Holy & Hungry! (more...)

Watchmaking and More to Be Featured in MAD's 2015-16 ExhibitionsWatchmaking and More to Be Featured in MAD's 2015-16 Exhibitions
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

Today Glenn Adamson, the Nanette L. Laitman Director of the Museum of Arts and Design, announced the Museum's upcoming program for Fall 2015 and Winter 2016, featuring a diverse set of exhibitions. (more...)

Culture Project, Rosie O'Donnell to Debut MOTHERSTRUCK, Directed by Cynthia Nixon, This FallCulture Project, Rosie O'Donnell to Debut MOTHERSTRUCK, Directed by Cynthia Nixon, This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

From the producers of NIRBHAYA, The Exonerated, Guantanamo and Sarah Jones' Bridge & Tunnel, Culture Project along with Rosie O'Donnell will present the world premiere of MotherStruck written and performed by Staceyann Chin and directed by Cynthia Nixon, beginning Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at Culture Project's Lynn Redgrave Theater.   Opening Night is set for Wednesday, October 7th. (more...)

New Musical MARLEY Breaks Box Office Records in BaltimoreNew Musical MARLEY Breaks Box Office Records in Baltimore
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

The World Premiere production of Marley, a new musical with music and lyrics by Bob Marley, and written and directed by Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, became the highest grossing single ticket show and the highest attended show in the 52-year history of Baltimore's Center Stage. (more...)

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Returns to HBO, 6/27WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING Returns to HBO, 6/27
by TV News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

One of the sport's best fighters returns when WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: TIMOTHY BRADLEY JR. VS. JESSIE VARGAS AND OSCAR VALDEZ VS. RUBEN TAMAYO is seen SATURDAY, JUNE 27 (more...)

Grafton Music Festival to Welcome A Far Cry, 7/11Grafton Music Festival to Welcome A Far Cry, 7/11
by BWW News Desk - Jun 25, 2015

A Far Cry, the Grammy-nominated 18-member young chamber orchestra from Boston, will return to Grafton, Vt. on Saturday, July 11 for a performance in the acoustically splendid, recently renovated White Church (55 Main Street). The concert begins at 8p. This is a program presented by the not-for-profit Grafton Music Festival. (more...)

Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!Glenn Howerton and Rory O'Malley to Star in The Old Globe's THE COMEDY OF ERRORS; Cast & Creative Team Announced!
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

The complete cast and creative team have been announced for The Comedy of Errors as The Old Globe's 2015 Summer Shakespeare Festival continues the Globe's 80th Anniversary festivities as part of the Balboa Park Centennial Celebration. (more...)

Agatha Christie's PARTNERS IN CRIME Makes U.S. Premiere On Acorn TV, 9/3Agatha Christie's PARTNERS IN CRIME Makes U.S. Premiere On Acorn TV, 9/3
by TV News Desk - Jul 9, 2015

Following the U.S. Premieres of Brenda Blethyn's return in the smash hit British series Vera and the BAFTA Award-winning comedy Detectorists, Acorn TVpresents the U.S. Premiere of Agatha Christie's Partners in Crime (more...)

24 Hour Fitness Launches 12 New York and New Jersey Locations24 Hour Fitness Launches 12 New York and New Jersey Locations
by BWW News Desk - Jul 7, 2015

SAN RAMON, Calif., July 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ 24 Hour Fitness USA, Inc. is preparing simultaneous community celebrations at 12 of the recently acquired Bally Total Fitness Clubs in the New York/New Jersey area that now have upgraded amenities and facilities representative of the 24 Hour Fitness brand. The Grand Openings take place July 10-12, 2015. (more...)

Hershey Felder Presents JAMAICA FAREWELL at Royal George TheatreHershey Felder Presents JAMAICA FAREWELL at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Jul 6, 2015

Continuing to bring exciting stories and new productions to beloved Chicago audiences, 'Hershey Felder Presents' (George Gershwin Alone, Maestro Bernstein, The Pianist of Willesden Lane, Louis and Keely 'Live' at the Sahara) now brings a brand new production of the award-winning and internationally acclaimed play Jamaica FAREWELL, written and performed by Debra Ehrhardt and directed by Joel Zwick, to Chicago's Royal George Theatre. Based on her true life story, writer-performer Ehrhardt's Jamaica FAREWELL chronicles her escape from revolution-torn Jamaica in the 1970's to fulfill her lifelong dream of coming to America. Performances begin at Chicago's Royal George Theatre 1641 North Halsted, 60614, on Tuesday September 8, and continue through Sunday October 11th in a strictly limited engagement. All tickets are $50 for all performances. (more...)

Nancy Garfield Woodbridge Releases THE ISLANDERSNancy Garfield Woodbridge Releases THE ISLANDERS
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

Is it really possible for humanity to live harmoniously amidst so many cultural and racial differences? How do these issues affect individuals, especially children? Can children be taught to understand and cope with the many human differences they encounter? In her newest children's book, author Nancy Garfield Woodbridge explores these questions through the story of 'The Islanders' (published by Xlibris). (more...)

Fringe Encore Series to Celebrate 10th Anniversary This FallFringe Encore Series to Celebrate 10th Anniversary This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2015

With over 200 shows presented at FringeNYC Festival and 900 at Edinburgh Fringe, it's hard to be in the know about what's worth seeing. Even worse is having missed the show everyone is talking about post festival. Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Fringe Encore Series will present some of the most critically-acclaimed and crowd-pleasing shows from both festivals. But more importantly, pinpoints and cultivates the theater talent of tomorrow. (more...)

Univision Network Ranked No. 1 for the Third Consecutive Week and No. 2, Ahead of ABC, CBS and NBC, in July Sweep-To-Date Among Young Adults 18-34Univision Network Ranked No. 1 for the Third Consecutive Week and No. 2, Ahead of ABC, CBS and NBC, in July Sweep-To-Date Among Young Adults 18-34
by BWW News Desk - Jul 28, 2015

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Claudia Rankine Set for Talkback, Book Signing at Fountain Theatre, 8/2Claudia Rankine Set for Talkback, Book Signing at Fountain Theatre, 8/2
by BWW News Desk - Jul 24, 2015

Internationally acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine will lead a talkback with the audience and sign copies of her multiple award-winning book Citizen: An American Lyric following a performance of the Fountain Theatre's world premiere stage adaptation of the same name. Rankine will attend the performance on Sunday, Aug. 2 at 3 p.m., and the audience talkback and book signing reception will immediately follow. (more...)

Bob Marley's 70th Birthday Celebration Continues With Two Vinyl Box Set ReleasesBob Marley's 70th Birthday Celebration Continues With Two Vinyl Box Set Releases
by BWW News Desk - Jul 22, 2015

Bob Marley's 70 th birthday year-long celebration (2015) continues with the release of two new box sets,The Complete Island Recordings and The Complete Island Recordings: Collector's Edition. (more...)

Coney Island USA Names New Executive DirectorConey Island USA Names New Executive Director
by BWW News Desk - Jul 21, 2015

The Board Directors of Coney Island USA is announcing the appointment of Earl Lawrence Tucker as its new Executive Director.  Earl's leadership and management experience as a non-profits arts director will bring new energy to build and expand Coney Island USA's programming and facilities as we promote American popular culture to new generations and new audiences through innovative exhibitions and performances. Earl's history as a both a showman and arts administrator is completely in line with Coney Island USA's desire to carry its mission forward into the future. (more...)

Susie Blake to Lead HANDBAGGED UK TourSusie Blake to Lead HANDBAGGED UK Tour
by BWW News Desk - Jul 20, 2015

Susie Blake will play 'The Queen' in the Tricycle Theatre's Olivier award-winning production of Moira Buffini's West End hit comedy, Handbagged, which embarks on a major 13-week national tour this autumn from 9 September to 5 December 2015. (more...)

A.R.T. & 868 Boston to Host 3rd Annual WORDplay Summer Theater and Writing CampA.R.T. & 868 Boston to Host 3rd Annual WORDplay Summer Theater and Writing Camp
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and 826 Boston announce the third annual WORDplay Summer Theater and Writing Camp for children ages 11-14. Twenty-five students have been chosen by lottery to participate in the free, five-week camp from July 13 through August 14. WORDplay takes place Monday through Thursday, 1:30 - 5:30pm at 826 Boston's youth writing and tutoring center, located at 3035 Washington Street in Roxbury, MA. (more...)

Jason Steele Releases WISDOM IN PUZZLEJason Steele Releases WISDOM IN PUZZLE
by BWW News Desk - Jul 2, 2015

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by BWW News Desk - Jul 17, 2015

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Madison Realty Capital Provides $37m Loan Backed By Queens PropertiesMadison Realty Capital Provides $37m Loan Backed By Queens Properties
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

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Beres Hammond & Monty Alexander to Play NJPAC, 7/31Beres Hammond & Monty Alexander to Play NJPAC, 7/31
by BWW News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents an evening with Beres Hammond, Jamaica's undisputed king of “lovers rock” and one of reggae's most iconic stars, is joined by revered jazz pianist Monty Alexander, whose five-decade career has included collaborations with Frank Sinatra, Milt Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie. Friday, July 31, 2015 8:00 PM at Prudential Hall.. Get your tickets now at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) Cool and hot in equal measure, this evening of romantic reggae by Hammond promises to be “the most perfect mix of reggae and soul we've ever heard,” says Reggae Reviews. (more...)

Rooftop Films to Go Non-Fiction with KHALIK ALLAH and THE CHINESE MAYOR, 7/17-18Rooftop Films to Go Non-Fiction with KHALIK ALLAH and THE CHINESE MAYOR, 7/17-18
by Movies News Desk - Jul 13, 2015

This week, Rooftop Films will present two form-challenging documentaries, proving that non-fiction cinema can be as, if not more, intellectually stimulating and politically engaging as its fictional counterparts. (more...)

BWW Review: Capital Fringe's Tempered BOND: AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODYBWW Review: Capital Fringe's Tempered BOND: AN UNAUTHORIZED PARODY
by Benjamin Tomchik - Jul 13, 2015

While the spy genre is no stranger to parody, Bond: An Unauthorized Parody can best be described in the words of another iconic superhero as rather 'mild-mannered.' (more...)

Israeli Stage Sets 2015-16 Season, Featuring All Female PlaywrightsIsraeli Stage Sets 2015-16 Season, Featuring All Female Playwrights
by BWW News Desk - Aug 6, 2015

Israeli Stage, sharing the diversity and vitality of Israeli culture through theatre, is proud to announce Season 6 - an entire season of works written by Female Playwrights! Board President Dalia Cahana-Amitay says, 'This upcoming season we are thrilled to introduce to our audiences the outstanding works of female playwrights, who present a new, less known female voice of Israeli culture.' The season will feature Israeli Stage's Second Full Theatrical Production - Anat Gov's Oh God, Hanna Azulay Hasafri: In Residence at Israeli Stage and three new plays presented as Staged Readings. (more...)

Flow TV Airs Audi Cup 2015, August 4 and 5 Flow TV Airs Audi Cup 2015, August 4 and 5
by BWW News Desk - Aug 4, 2015

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Final Tickets Released for THE LION KING at Melbourne's Regent TheatreFinal Tickets Released for THE LION KING at Melbourne's Regent Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

Disney's landmark musical THE LION KING must leave Melbourne at the end of October and all remaining tickets for the season are now onsale. (more...)

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA Sets New Offerings for Premier League SeasonNBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA Sets New Offerings for Premier League Season
by TV News Desk - Aug 3, 2015

NBC Sports Group's coverage of the 2015-16 Premier League season kicks off five days from today, this Saturday, August 8. Coverage begins at 7 a.m. ET with Premier League Live on NBCSN followed by Manchester United v. Tottenham, and continues throughout the season on the networks of NBCUniversal, on the Premier League Extra Time bonus TV package, and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. (more...)

Noisey Sits Down with Rebel Sun for Final Episode of HIP HOP IN THE HOLY LANDNoisey Sits Down with Rebel Sun for Final Episode of HIP HOP IN THE HOLY LAND
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Today, Noisey is proud to present the final installment of Noisey Israel Palestine: Hip Hop in the Holy Land, a six-part docu-series from VICE's music channel that heads to Israel and Palestine to spend time with the unique voices emerging from a region mired in political unrest.  (more...)

John Brown's Body to Play Fox Theatre, 12/4John Brown's Body to Play Fox Theatre, 12/4
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2015

Z2 Entertainment will present John Brown's Body with Special Guests at the Fox Theatre on Friday, December 4th, 2015. Tickets are on sale August 28th for $16.50 advanced or $19 day of show. (more...)

DanceWorks to Present World Premiere of Peter Chin's WovenDanceWorks to Present World Premiere of Peter Chin's Woven
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly presents the first show of its  39th season: the world premiereof Woven, a Tribal Crackling Wind production choreographed by award-winning Artistic Director, choreographer Peter Chin. A major new work that reflects the spirit of traditional weaving communities, Woven premieres Thursday, September 24 and runs to Saturday, September 26 at 8pm nightly at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of NextSteps. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

Toronto's DanceWorks to Present World Premiere of WOVEN, 9/24Toronto's DanceWorks to Present World Premiere of WOVEN, 9/24
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

TORONTO (August 27, 2015) - DanceWorks, Toronto's longest running contemporary dance series, proudly presents the first show of its  39th season: the world premiere of Woven, a Tribal Crackling Wind production choreographed by award-winning Artistic Director, choreographer Peter Chin. A major new work that reflects the spirit of traditional weaving communities, Woven premieres Thursday, September 24 and runs to Saturday, September 26 at 8pmnightly at Harbourfront Centre Theatre as part of NextSteps. Tickets are now on sale. (more...)

Arts & Crafts, Jazz and More Set for Boro-Linc Programs in Staten Island & Queens This FallArts & Crafts, Jazz and More Set for Boro-Linc Programs in Staten Island & Queens This Fall
by BWW News Desk - Aug 25, 2015

Lincoln Center, the world's largest performing arts center, announces upcoming dates and details for Boro-Linc, a program that presents free family events from Lincoln Center's resident organizations to neighborhoods across New York City through partnerships with cultural and community organizations. The Boro-Linc initiative commenced last year with several Lincoln Center programs at the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education in the Bronx, and continues this fall with a series in both Staten Island (Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden) and Queens (Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning). The program will continue in the spring in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx; details to be announced at a later date. (more...)

Cricket Wireless Adds New Caribbean, Central and South American Countries to International Offerings PLUS Canada RoamingCricket Wireless Adds New Caribbean, Central and South American Countries to International Offerings PLUS Canada Roaming
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

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Hershey Felder Plans Full Season of Shows at Royal George TheatreHershey Felder Plans Full Season of Shows at Royal George Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Aug 24, 2015

Hershey Felder is setting up camp on Royal George Theatre's mainstage for a full season of shows starting September 8. The season includes the record-breaking production of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin; a new production of the award-winning, internationally-acclaimed play Jamaica, Farewell, and the Midwest premieres of London import I Found My Horn and audience favorite Baritones Unbound. (more...)

Flow Football App Scores Big With Caribbean Football Fans Flow Football App Scores Big With Caribbean Football Fans
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

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Olympians Usain Bolt & Allyson Felix Headline 2015 IAAF WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS This WeekendOlympians Usain Bolt & Allyson Felix Headline 2015 IAAF WORLD TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS This Weekend
by TV News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

NBC and Universal Sports Network present coverage of premier track & field action from the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 21, through Sunday, August 30. NBC's coverage begins this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and continues this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. (more...)

Puff Daddy & The Family To Headline The 2015 REVOLT Music ConferencePuff Daddy & The Family To Headline The 2015 REVOLT Music Conference
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Adding more heat to the already impressive lineup, REVOLT announced the first round of all-star performers who will take the stage during the second annual REVOLT Music Conference (RMC). (more...)

Center Stage Sets PRIDE AND PREJUDICE CastCenter Stage Sets PRIDE AND PREJUDICE Cast
by BWW News Desk - Aug 20, 2015

Center Stage announces the cast and creative team of Pride and Prejudice, the first show of its 2015/16 Season. The play begins performances Sept. 11, with opening night set for Sept. 18. (more...)

COUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION and LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER Get Ready to Make WavesCOUNTRY'S FAMILY REUNION and LARRY'S COUNTRY DINER Get Ready to Make Waves
by BWW News Desk - Aug 2, 2015

Stop imagining Nadine in a swimsuit – your dreams can now become a reality. Join hit RFD-TV television series Larry's Country Diner and Country's Family Reunion as they set their clocks to island time from January 31 to February 7, 2016 and embark on the 2016 Country's Family Reunion and Larry's Country Diner Cruise. The seven-night tropical escape will set sail from Port Canaveral, FL and journey throughout the Western Caribbean about Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas cruise liner. Sight-seeing and shopping stops include Haiti, Jamaica, Grand Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico, all in-between LIVE performances from some of country, bluegrass and gospel music's biggest stars, comedy shows and more. (more...)

Ed Robinson Releases New Album 'Yard Magic'Ed Robinson Releases New Album 'Yard Magic'
by BWW News Desk - Aug 19, 2015

Known for being one of Reggae music's most consistently great contributors, Ed Robinson's highly anticipated new album, Yard Magic, is available now on Amazon, GooglePlay, edrobinsonmusic.com and through iTunes on September 4th, 2015. (more...)

Chicago Humanities Festival Sets Complete Schedule for 26th Fall Season, CITIZENSChicago Humanities Festival Sets Complete Schedule for 26th Fall Season, CITIZENS
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

The Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF) announced today the complete schedule for the 26th Fall Festival, 130 events which will explore the theme of Citizens, Oct. 24-Nov. 8, 2015 at venues across Chicago. (more...)

USA World Masters Team Wins 57 Golds, 160 Medals, Sets 6 World Records at Lyon WMA ChampionshipsUSA World Masters Team Wins 57 Golds, 160 Medals, Sets 6 World Records at Lyon WMA Championships
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

LYON, France, Aug. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The USA's Track & Field team won 57 golds and 160 medals overall at the World Masters Athletics (WMA) Championships just concluded over a two week span in Lyon, France. The American team of 426 also set six world records, four individual and two relays. 8078 athletes from a record 98 countries participated. (more...)

AffordableSchools.net Releases Its Ranking of Affordable Communications Bachelor's Degrees for 2015AffordableSchools.net Releases Its Ranking of Affordable Communications Bachelor's Degrees for 2015
by BWW News Desk - Aug 18, 2015

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Melissa Ritz Brings 'BOMBSHELL OF RHYTHM' to SoHo Playhouse thru 8/30Melissa Ritz Brings 'BOMBSHELL OF RHYTHM' to SoHo Playhouse thru 8/30
by BWW News Desk - Aug 13, 2015

On the heels of receiving the coveted 'Pick of the Fringe' award for her one-woman show, Melissa Ritz brings Bombshell of Rhythm: The Life & Secrets of Ina Ray Hutton to NYC's SoHo Playhouse, now through August 30th. (more...)

OMI to Perform Hit Song 'Cheerleader' on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, TodayOMI to Perform Hit Song 'Cheerleader' on AMERICA'S GOT TALENT, Today
by TV News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

Multi-platinum pop star OMI will perform his breakout hit single 'Cheerleader' during the “America's Got Talent” live results show on today, Aug. 12 (8-9 p.m. ET) from Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark Set 2015-16 Art ExhibitionsMiramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark Set 2015-16 Art Exhibitions
by BWW News Desk - Aug 11, 2015

 Valerie Norman Gammon, Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Miramar, today announced five upcoming art exhibitions that will be presented at the popular, multipurpose Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark Ansin Family Art Gallery. (more...)

The Free for All Concert Fund Selects Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar as the Recipient of the 2015 Charles Ansbacher Music for All AwardThe Free for All Concert Fund Selects Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar as the Recipient of the 2015 Charles Ansbacher Music for All Award
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

The Free for All Concert Fund, a nonprofit organization providing access to free classical and orchestral music to all Bostonians, is pleased to announce the selection of Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar as the recipient of the 2015 Charles Ansbacher Music for All Award. Mr. Abboud-Ashkar is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Polyphony Foundation, whose mission is to help bridge the divide between Arabs and Jews in Israel through the power of classical music.  Many of the Arab and Jewish musicians he has taught have received top music prizes in Israel and are now pursuing classical music careers. (more...)

C&W Communications Begins Countdown to Rio 2016 C&W Communications Begins Countdown to Rio 2016
by BWW News Desk - Aug 10, 2015

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