2017 Musical Postcards in Carnegie Hall
How do you convey the story of a Syrian refugee to a large audience without emphasising victimisation?
By asking young refugees to transform their dream into a piece of music, then working with high school students to expand those compositions and having them performed in the most prestigious concert halls, we can break the stereotype of a child seeking refuge. We emphasise the imagination, beauty and openness for the future and thus build direct contact and exchange between people in a vulnerable situation and others who live in a privileged position.
Musical Postcards is, for me, a new way to view the role of a composer within society. Not (always) doing everything yourself, but designing models for the creative power of others and telling the most important and urgent stories of our time. It is wonderful to work together with musicians such as the New York Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, Philharmonie Zuidnederland and many others!
View the performance in Carnegie Hall.