Thursday, February 6, 2014

Guest Announcement: San Diego Opera Presents Duo Amal in Free Concert (25 Feb 2014)

San Diego Opera Presents Duo Amal in Free Concert
Israeli and Palestinian Piano Duo Bridges Borders, Cultures and Differences Through Music
Free Concert on February 25, 2014 to Launch San Diego Opera’s “50 Events for the 50th Anniversary”
San Diego, CA – San Diego Opera is proud to present Duo Amal, an Israeli and Palestinian piano duo who bridge borders, cultures and differences while creating a dialogue of peace through music.
San Diego Opera is honored to be presenting a free concert to the public on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7 PM at Congregation Beth Israel (9001 Towne Centre Dr., San Diego, CA 92122). This concert will launch San Diego Opera’s “50 Events for the 50th Anniversary” which the Company will celebrate during the 2015 season. Duo Amal’s appearance is made possible by the generosity of San Diego Opera board member Moses Urbano and Eckard Weber

Although this concert is free, attendees must RSVP online at

About Duo Amal
Protégés of Maestro Zubin Mehta, Palestinian Bishara Haroni and Israeli Yaron Kohlberg decided to join forces for a peace concert at the Oslo Opera House in 2011. The concert’s tremendous success resulted in a permanent partnership, aptly titled Duo Amal - a musical collaboration that transcends political and national differences. Amal - the Arabic word for ‘hope’, reflects the meaningful message behind this duo's work. Together, they are not only a unique collaboration, but also aim to spread the urgent message for peace, within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Duo Amal have performed before enthusiastic audiences in many significant venues worldwide. Among these are the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Beethovenfest Bonn, Melbourne Arts Festival, Beijing Concert Hall, Tokyo’s Musashino Center, and Korea’s Goyang Center of the Arts. They have also performed with some of the world’s leading orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO). As soloists, each of the duo’s members is an accomplished virtuoso in his own right. Haroni completed his studies at the Hanover Hochschule für Musik und Theater. He has performed under the baton of such prominent conductors as Lorin Maazel and Daniel Barenboim, and collaborated with major orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestras.
Kohlberg is the winner of ten prestigious international piano competitions, among them the Cleveland International Competition (second prize), Parnassos International Competition (first prize), and Top of the World, Norway. He has performed worldwide in some of the most renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, the Kremlin in Moscow, the UN Hall in Geneva, among many others.
Their repertoire, ranging from baroque to modern, also includes commissioned works by both Israeli and Palestinian composers. 

Known for their mixture of humor, playfulness, and absolute meticulousness, Duo Amal are rapidly becoming a highlight in the international scene of classical music and a true testament that music can indeed break through the greatest of boundaries.   

Purchasing Tickets
Tickets for the Duo Amal concert are free but a reservation is required. Visit to reserve tickets. Single tickets for all mainstage operas are on sale. Single ticket prices start at $35 and can be purchased by calling (619) 533-7000 or online at
Subscriptions range from $105 - $1,120 and can be purchased by calling (619) 533-7000 or online at
Tuesday Night Senior Discounts are also available for a full series four-opera subscription. Proof of age is required. Call (619) 533-7000 or online at for more information.

The 2014 International Season
Pagliacci                                                              Ruggero Leoncavallo                  January 25, 28, 31 and February 2 (mat), 2014
The Elixir of Love                                               Gaetano Donizetti                      February 15, 18, 21 and 23 (mat), 2014
A Masked Ball                                                   Giuseppe Verdi                            March 8, 11, 14 and 16 (mat), 2014
Verdi Requiem                                                   Giuseppe Verdi                            March 20, 2014
Don Quixote                                                       Jules Massenet                             April 5, 8, 11 and 13 (mat), 2014

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