Celebrate MLK Day with a free virtual concert from Off-Broadway’s NYTF and a musical release by Miri Ben-Ari and Flo Rida

In honor of Martin Luther King Day on Monday, two free online offerings — one a replay of an annual concert, the other a new music/video release — that capture the shared experiences of African American communities and Jews in the spirit of the reverend’s elevation and always timely message of peace and harmony among peoples.

When Israeli-born, Grammy Award-winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari was invited to the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama to perform her violin song “Symphony of Brotherhood” inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., she hadn’t anticipated that a decade later she would be joined by multi-platinum recording artist, international superstar and business mogul Flo Rida and entertainment visionary Erik “E Smooth” Hicks to release a complete lyrical version with Sparta, now available on all popular music platforms.

Artist and producer, United Nations Goodwill Music Ambassador and TED speaker, Ben-Ari, known as The Hip-Hop Violinist, has created her own musical style with a groundbreaking fusion of classical, hip-hop and hop, soul, and dance as you collaborate with other Grammy-winning artists including Jay Z, Wyclef Jean, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Britney Spears, Maroon 5, Patti Labelle, Janet Jackson, and John Legend.

She began writing “Symphony of Brotherhood Rise” after visiting the MLK Museum in Atlanta and describes it as “a musical statement to a society yearning for harmony, empowerment, and good news. It’s a song that brings together different universes: gospel, rap, violin and MLK’s iconic “I Have a Dream”. As a descendant of grandparents who survived the Jewish Holocaust, I was deeply touched by the lyrics of Dr. King and, together with my brother Ohad, I produced a moving violin song about his timeless message.I am honored to be part of the conversation about healing, harmony and positivity.

Flo Rida, who has sold over 100 million records worldwide, offers a meaningful musical performance that is noticeably different from her many hit songs. “It’s a real honor to be a part of this Dr. King inspired song,” he said. “We did this to reach and inspire people around the world to collectively promote peace, love and happiness, especially in these uncertain and tumultuous times, because the world needs uplifting and positive energy more than ever. .”

“Dr. King’s message is just as powerful and relevant today as ever, and it continues to stand the test of time. And for me personally, I am deeply grateful to be part of this incredible movement that I hope everyone joins,” said Hicks, a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer, and self-made entrepreneur All agree that amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has impacted our society in many ways, music offers the power to heal, inspire and unite.

You can watch the “Symphony of Brotherhood” video here:

On January 16 and 17, the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene will rebroadcast an encore presentation of its virtual concert soul to soul, celebrating the music and shared experiences of African American and Jewish communities through a mix of Yiddish folk songs, civil rights anthems, English-language spirituals, show tunes, jazz and klezmer. All Yiddish songs will include subtitles with English translations.

Now in its eleventh year, this crowd favorite, first conceived and directed by NYTF Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek in 2010, has sold out New York every year and performed across the country (Los Angeles , Boca Raton, Denver, Baltimore, Chattanooga) and internationally (Bucharest, Toronto, Montreal, Winnipeg), before going virtual during the pandemic in 2021. It has evolved to include updated multimedia images and videos, organized by NYTF Associate Artistic Director Motl Didner (who wrote the script for the concert), which reflect the continued need for unity and healing in today’s socio-economic climate.

The cast includes Broadway veteran Elmore James (Disney on Broadway’s The beauty and the Beast), Cantor Magda Fishman (B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton), Tony Perry (NYTF’s Shpiel! Shpiel! Shpiel!), Lisa Fishman (Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish) and Tatianna Wechsler (love in hate), who also produced and directed the virtual performance, which lasts approximately 67 minutes.

soul to soul airing from Sunday January 16 to Monday January 17, 2022 on the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene website. Viewing is free and no registration is required.

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