3 May 2010

Noa's concert in Skokie (USA)

Noa In Concert with Special Guest Mira Awad will appear on Monday, May 3 at the North Shore Center for Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie. The program is presented by Hadassah Chicago Chapter.

Backed by musician Gil Dor, the concert will feature Noa in collaboration with Israeli Arab singer, actress and songwriter, Mira Awad. The two women work together, singing and playing, in an effort to promote peace. Noa believes this collaboration enables her to express musically her belief in the power of communication and dialogue as a means of promoting peace and understanding.

In November, 2009, Awad and Noa were awarded the Haviva Reik Peace Price from Givat Haviva to honor their commitment to peace and dialogue between Israelis and Arabs. The Givat Haviva Institute educates and acts to promote the values of equality and human dignity as well as to develop the experience of equality between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East.

Noa, who sings and plays percussion, guitar and piano, claims her strongest musical influences come from the singers and songwriters of the 1960s, such men and women as Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. The music of that time, combined with NoaĆ­s Yemenite roots, and the jazz, classical and rock background of her collaborator and musical partner, Gil Dor, have created a unique sound. The pair have written and performed hundred of songs which are popular not only in Israel but demanded by the international public.

Together, they wrote, performed and produced four major Israeli albums of music and four more international albums. Noa has performed in one album with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.

Noa was born in Tel Aviv in 19969, but grew up in New York City from age two until her return to Israel at the age of 17. She served her mandatory two years in the Israeli army (in a military entertainment unit), and then studied music at the Rimon School where she met Gil Dor.

She has performed all over the world including appearances in London, Barcelona, Stockholm and Rome. In the United States, she has appeared in San Francisco, Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall in New York City, and at both Ravinia and Northwestern in the Chicago area.

Mira Awad, who sings and plays guitar, has performed on Israeli television and in films. On stage, she was Liza Doolittle in the Israeli production of "My Fair Lady." She was the first Arab to represent Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, singing the first Israeli Eurovision song with Arab lyrics.

Born in Rameh, in Galilee, she now lives in Tel Aviv.

Noa has been a featured performer at world-wide music festivals in Switzerland, Morocco, Brazil, Japan and Canada. She sang her version of "Ave Maria" for Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and sang for President and Mrs. Clinton at the White House.

Known in Israel by her given name of Achinoam Nini, Noa is now married to Dr.Asher Barak and the mother of two children.

Ticket prices for the concert are $45 and $55. Sponsorships are available.

Tickets are on sale at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts. Visit them at 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie or call the box office at 847-673-6300. Ticket buyers can also go the web site at www.northshorecenter.org

For information call the Hadassah Chicago Chapter office at 847-675-6790 or check out the web site at www.chicago.hadassah.org.

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