OUTREACH

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The right to enjoy the arts brings us to neighborhood centers, prisons, refugee camps, and asylum-seeker centers. We provide music-centered workshops in Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Lazio region of Italy.

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Below we document an afternoon with the transitory guests of the Sonnenhof asylum-seekers center in Lucerne, Switzerland. We performed for them; they cooked for us, and hours were spent sharing ideas and personal stories in an atmosphere of intense warmth, frustration, and hope.

Our audience of asylum seekers from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, China and Tibet.

Our audience of asylum seekers from Syria, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Eritrea, Nigeria, China and Tibet.

Performing a work by Czech composer Rudolf Karel, who perished in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

Performing a work by Czech composer Rudolf Karel, who perished in the Theresienstadt concentration camp.

We also performed Bartok, Ligeti, and Mendelssohn, but this Kurdish gentleman had been hoping for Bach and Chopin.

We also performed Bartok, Ligeti, and Mendelssohn, but this Kurdish gentleman had been hoping for Bach and Chopin.

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Otto de Jong of Musicians without Borders working with the children.
 

 
 

The performance by the chefs surpassed that of the musicians.