Musicians from all over the world came to help. A violist left the London Symphony Orchestra, in part to work with Ramzi at his new school, Al Kamandjati. An aspiring British opera singer moved to the West Bank to teach voice lessons. Daniel Barenboim, the eminent Israeli conductor, invited Ramzi to join his West Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he founded with the late Palestinian intellectual, Edward Said. Since then the two have played together frequently.
"Ramzi has transformed not only his life, his destiny, but that of many other people," Barenboim said. "This is an extraordinary collection of children from all over Palestine that have all been inspired and opened to the beauty of life." Children of the Stone chronicles Ramzi's journey-from stone thrower to music student to school founder-and shows how through his love of music he created something lasting and beautiful in a land torn by violence and war. This is a story about the power of music, first, but also about freedom and conflict, determination and vision. It's a vivid portrait of life amid checkpoints and military occupation, a growing movement of nonviolent resistance, the prospects of musical collaboration across the Israeli-Palestinian divide, and the potential of music to help children everywhere see new possibilities for their lives.
Please note the special day and time of this not-to-be-missed event! ------------- Sandy Tolan is an author, journalist, and public radio documentary producer with extensive experience covering the Middle East. His work from the region has been honored with several prestigious awards. Tolan has written for FreshAir, The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Audubon, Los Angeles Times Magainze, USA Today, and dozens of other publications.
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