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Atzilut Brings the Sounds of Peace to BlackRock



As part of its most diverse season ever, BlackRock Center for the Arts embraces that unique moment where current affairs and art intersect as the progressive Germantown venue brings the ATZILUT (also known as Middle East Peace Orchestra) to the Mainstage on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 pm.

This nine-member high-energy Middle Eastern ensemble, comprised of Arab and Jewish musicians, will hold one of their powerful “Concerts for Peace” as they continue their creative crusade for understanding and tolerance through music.

Co-led by Hebrew vocal specialist, Hazzan Jack Kessler and Arabic vocal specialist Maurice Chedid, ATZILUT is able to seamlessly blend the musical traditions of both cultures into what audiences call a “magical performance.” The unique musical fusion is the only international touring ensemble that features virtuoso instrumentalists equally proficient in the rhythms and inflections of both Hebrew and Arabic music.


Known as the Middle East Peace Orchestra in Europe, the group has frequently toured internationally, performing in countries like France, Austria, Germany, and the United States. The internationally renowned troupe was even given the opportunity to showcase one of their “Concerts for Peace” at the United Nations.

Following recent events in the United States, there is no more appropriate time to welcome ATZILUT’s unusual harmony as they collaborate in concert to make an important statement for conciliation through shared music.

“How wonderful it was to witness the building of such powerful mutual feelings between yourselves and your audience. As one audience member put it, ‘it was like a gulf one thousand years wide had been bridged,’” said Melody Reeves with the Jubilee Community Arts in Knoxville, Tenn.

To purchase tickets go to the BlackRock Center's website.

BlackRock Center for the Arts is a cultural cornerstone and the leading venue for the performing and visual arts in Upper Montgomery County Maryland. Since 2002, the nonprofit arts center has been providing the community with diverse performing arts programs, free gallery exhibitions and arts education experiences in a welcoming and intimate setting close to home. The dynamic facility houses two art galleries, two theaters presenting more than 40 performances per year, and numerous classrooms and studios where year-round classes in the arts are offered for all ages.