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Online Talk and Music: Light of Understanding w/Peter Gyori

Date: 30 September 2021 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM, Venue: Online

Classrooms Without Borders, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, invites you to join us online for a talk with musician/composer Peter Gyori and founder of the project Light of Understanding on September 30, 2021, at 4:30 pm EDT. Delve into the beauty and connections of his music during this online event.

With humor and nostalgia, musician/composer Peter Gyori tells the story of his life and various projects trying to unite communities from all possible and impossible corners of the earth. He focuses on the current challenges facing European communities and the growing feeling of “discomfort” of being Jewish in Europe. Through his project Light of Understanding, he brings together artists and audiences of different ethnicities, religions, and cultural backgrounds, for concerts simultaneously recorded in a church and a synagogue. Join us as Peter performs samples of his work and leads us through the intricacies of his life – from growing up in a Communist country, ignorance of his Jewish origin, playing piano in the lobby of a Dead Sea hotel and meeting Rabbi Mordechai who changed his life forever.

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Date/Time: September 30, 2021 at 4:30 pm | ONLINE

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Peter Gyori is a composer, musician, and vice president of the Federation of Czech Jewish Communities. He founded the project Light of Understanding, bringing together communities of different faiths and nationalities to perform concerts.

Among others, he is the recipient of an award from the mayor of the European City of Culture for his contribution to tolerance and co-existence. He describes his work as Diplomacy through Art. He actively participated in the work of the WJC Jewish Diplomatic Corps, European Day of Jewish Culture, European Shoah Legacy Institute. He also serves as executive director of Bejt Praha, headed the Czech Council for the Victims of Nazism, to name a few.    

Light of Understanding is a unique project which creates a platform for the meeting of artists and audience of various ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds and his music, which often uses motifs from Jewish prayers. Peter often manages to unite elements which might seem incompatible at first. Not only does he bring together on stage musicians who work in very different genres, but in the audience, there are representatives of states that often find it hard to communicate. Next to one another, one can see, for instance, ambassadors and representatives of not only various European countries, but also Israel, Morocco, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, United States, Jordan, and Iraq, Japan, South Africa and others.  https://youtu.be/H8aOWqj5KGY

CZECH EMBASSY SERIES: Through this series, the Embassy of the Czech Republic brings a broad selection of Czech artists, intellectuals and professionals connected to Jewish life, history, art and culture to engage, educate and inspire audiences in the United States and beyond. The series incorporates book talks, film screenings, lectures, musical performances, exhibitions, and more.

The full inclusion of people of all abilities is a core value of Classrooms Without Borders. For questions or to make requests for special accommodations contact melissa@classroomswithoutborders.org