Fostering dialogue and inspiring action

The Concert

Adopted by all countries in September 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) call on us all to eradicate poverty, ensure that all children reach their full potential, support peaceful and healthy communities, and conserve nature. The vast majority of people around the world support these goals, but many do not know about them or have difficulty relating to them.

The artists who bring you Concert for a Sustainable Planet hope to address this gap, by fostering a dialogue and inspiring us to action. This concert will inspire hope, dedication, and commitment among groups of people worldwide to build a better planet together and foster positive change in society. The concert will build active connections between the performers on stage and the audience.

We hope you will join us!

The concert is presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).


**Tentative Program **

  • Ronen Shapira, Changing Reality #1: Spring
  • Vivaldi, Spring
  • Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5
  • Ronen Shapira, Changing Reality #2: Rhapsody in Blue
  • Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue
  • Ronen Shapira, Changing Reality #3, Love and Despair


  • Ronen Shapira, Changing Reality #4: Johan Sebastian
  • PDQ Bach, Blaues Gras Cantata
  • Yotam Ben Or, The young generation
  • Ronen Shapira, Changing Reality #5: Strings of Peace

Program Notes

The first half of the concert will include two mixes on the theme of Changing Reality, adjacent to the two canonical pieces they echo. Vivaldi’s Spring, that represents the love of Nature and its protection, highlights our concern over climate change, while Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, that recalls the challenges faced by immigrants and displaced people worldwide, represents concerns for social inclusion. The Bachianas Brazileras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which features the voices of lost tribes in the Amazon jungle, will be played in an arrangement made by the protégé of Villa-Lobos, Alfred Heller. This version is written for soprano, piano, and cello, and will be accompanied by video art about the Amazon and its people. The third part of Changing Reality, called “Love and Despair,” will engage most of the musicians participating in the concert in a wild Bolero, a kind of prayer that surges as the piece progresses.

The second half opens with the Changing Reality mix “Johan Sebastian”, that introduces PDQ Bach’s Blaues Gras Cantata. PDQ Bach is a fictitious composer invented by musical satirist “Professor” Peter Schickele. NY-based Schickele developed a five-decade-long career, performing the “discovered” works of the “only forgotten son” of the Bach family. Schickele’s music combines parodies of musicological scholarship, the conventions of Baroque and classical music, and slapstick. Blaues Gras Cantata tells the story of a stranded “Georgian cracker” that arrives in unfamiliar Kentucky to meet his “fairy Kentucky colonel”. The staged dialogue between the two is hilarious, not only because it consists of Appalachian slang translated to German (subtitles will be projected), but also because it is sung in an impossible mixture of Bach cantata style and bluegrass music, which only Schickele can produce. Of courses, this piece resonates Schickele’s family’s changing reality as German immigrants, as well as that of the Georgian cracker, who, disillusioned with Kentucky, returns to his home in Savannah.

One twist of this wild piece is that it uses a harmonica instead of an organ to accompany the recitatives. The harmonica player, together with his New York-based Jazz quartet, will perform a short Jazz piece of his own composition. It will be a tribute to the young generation.

The composition ending the concert will be the fifth and final part of Changing Reality, called Strings of Peace. This piece, composed for piano and oud by Ronen Shapira, will be played by a Palestinian oud player and an Israeli pianist, ending the concert with a message of peace. The piece consists of a moving dialogue between east and west, in which the piano is played at the beginning and the end of the piece directly on the strings, not via the keyboard. A dancer will join the piece in the middle and perform an original choreography accompanied by video art. At the end of the piece, while the piano strings and the oud are played softly, the dancer will escort to stage all the musicians-turned-dancers, for a memorable message of hope ending the concert.


  • Revital Hachamoff

    Revital Hachamoff

    Piano, Artistic & Musical Director

    Acclaimed Israeli pianist Revital Hachamoff has performed as a soloist and chamber music player across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She has played as a soloist with all of the leading orchestras in Israel and with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (Tchaikovsky Hall), Berliner Symphoniker (Konzerthaus Berlin), Salzburg Chamber Soloists, The Solti Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, The Bucharest Philharmonic, Transylvania State Philharmonic Orchestra, Neuss Chamber Orchestra, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, The NDR Symphony Orchestra, national orchestras in South America, and more.

    Revital has played under the baton of Zubin Mehta, Sergio Comissiona, Maxim Shostakovich, David Stern, Dan Ettinger, Omer Welber, Lior Shambadal, Zsolt Nagy, and many others. She has cooperated with leading Israeli composers who have dedicated eight piano concerti to her.

    Revital appeared as a soloist at many international festivals. She has recorded extensively and had her own television program. Her recording of Elgar’s violin sonata with Maxim Vengerov received editor’s choice of Gramophone magazine. Revital is a faculty member at the piano department of the Jerusalem Academy for Music and Dance.

  • Ronen Shapira

    Ronen Shapira

    Ethnic Instruments

    Ronen Shapira is one of the leading composers of our time. In his non-conventional virtuoso piano recitals, Shapira plays on a non-tempered piano and non-tempered keyboards, Classical pieces from the Western tradition along with oriental masterpieces, with Jazz, Rock and Oriental classical pieces. After getting his B.A. piano performance at the Tel- Aviv Academy of Music, Shapira studied Composition with Andre’ Hajdu and Joseph Dorfman and Piano with Leah Agmon, Pnina Zaltsman and Walter Houfhoizer. Shapira graduated M.A. degree in Jazz from the University of Michigan and His Doctorate from Northwestern University. Ronen teaches in Levinsky College of Education and teaches generations of artists, teachers and music therapists.

  • Yelena Dudochkin

    Yelena Dudochkin


    Yelena Dudochkin, is a Ukrainian-American soprano known for her rich, expressive and warm voice. Her recent roles include Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, Violetta in La Traviata, Snow Maiden in Snow Maiden, Iolanta and Brigitta in Iolanta, Gilda in Rigoletto, Chernyafka in Magic Mirror, Manon in Manon, Podtochina’s Daughter in The Nose, and Marfa in Tsar’s Bride, with a wealth of companies including Opera Boston, New Opera NYC, Commonwealth Lyric Theater, Opera Classica Europa, and The Mariinsky Opera Young Artists. A recipient of over 20 awards and honors, Yelena has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Jordan Hall, The Majestic Theater, and Boston’s Symphony Hall among others. Yelena concertized extensively abroad in Russia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and France, with radio and television appearances including the Russian Radio, Russian Television RTVI and Rai Italian television. Yelena additionally works to expand the scope and impact of music and culture in society, with recent talks at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at the first Music X Summit.

  • Gilad Hildesheim, Violin

    Gilad Hildesheim, Violin


    Israeli-born violinist Gilad Hildesheim started playing at the age of 6 in Belgium. In Israel Gilad studied with Haim Taub, Gad Kogan, Yair Kless, and Ilona Faher. Gilad has won grants from the American-Israel Foundation and has been the leader of many orchestras and musical groups in Israel and abroad, including The Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Soloists Ensemble, the Kaprizma Ensemble, and the San Carlo Opera in Naples, Italy. For the last eight years Gilad has led the NKO Chamber Orchestra and played with them as a soloist on tours in Israel, Croatia, Italy, France, Germany, and China. A passionate chamber player, Gilad has collaborated with Pinchas Zuckerman, Guy Braunstein, the Jerusalem Quartet, the Jerusalem Trio, Bernard Greenhaus, and pianist Revital Hachamoff, with whom he has toured the U.S.A and Bulgaria, and performed numerous live radio broadcast concerts.

  • Ramsis Kasis

    Ramsis Kasis


    Ramsis Kassis is an oud soloist, composer, and songwriter who lives in Haifa. His musical talent started to surface at the age of six when he began studying western classical music mainly playing the piano. He went on to pursue studying Arabic music independently. In 2001, Ramsis entered the Academy of Music in Jerusalem where he completed his undergraduate studies summa cum laude, specializing in the oud. Today, in addition to his musical projects, Ramsis teaches future generations of musicians at the Beit Almusica conservatory in Shefa-Amr. In addition, he is an experienced composer of music for the theatre. His debut project, “Dajal,” combines two of his compositions: “Birth” and “Deception.”

  • Doron Florentine


  • Ehud Shapiro

    Ehud Shapiro

    Bass-Baritone & Narrator

    Ehud Shapiro is a multi-disciplinary scientist, artist, and entrepreneur. A Professor of Computer Science and Biology at the Weizmann Institute of Science with an international reputation, he made fundamental contributions to many scientific disciplines including machine learning, inductive inference, algorithmic debugging, logic programming, concurrent programming, molecular computers, molecular programming, synthetic biology, and single-cell genomics. Ehud was also an Internet pioneer and a successful Internet entrepreneur, founding Ubique Ltd., perhaps the first Internet social networking software company. Ehud is a recipient of the World Technology Award for Biotechnology and a member of “Scientific American 50” as a Research Leader in Nanotechnology. Ehud is a Bass singer and the founder of the Ba Rock Band, for which he conceived the original artistic program.

  • Netta Yerushalmy

    Netta Yerushalmy

    Choreography and Dance

    Netta Yerushalmy is a dancer and choreographer who works across genres and disciplines. She is currently working with composer Julia Wolfe and cellist Maya Beiser on “Spinning,” she contributed to artist Josiah McElheny’s project for the Madison Square Park Conservancy, she choreographed a ‪Red Hot Chili Peppers music video, and has collaborated on evenings of theory and performance at the Institute for Cultural Inquiry (Berlin). Yerushalmy is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a ‘Grant to Artists’ from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, a Jerome Robbins Bogliasco Fellowship, a NYFA Fellowship, and the Toulmin Fellowship for Women Leaders in Dance at NYU’s Center for Ballet.

    Her current project, Paramodernities, which will have its world premier in August 2018 at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, received the National Dance Project award from the New England Foundation for the Arts. Yerushalmy’s works have been presented by venues such as the Joyce Theater, American Dance Festival, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Watermill Center, Danspace Project, New York Live Arts, Suzanne Dellal Center (Tel-Aviv), and Hebbel am Ufer (Berlin). She has received commissiones from repertory companies and universities all around the USA. As a performer, Netta danced with Doug Varone and Dancers, Pam Tanowitz, Joanna Kotze, and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet. A New Yorker for the past 22 years, Netta grew up in Israel and received her BFA with Honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.

  • Yotam Ben-Or

    Yotam Ben-Or


    Yotam Ben-Or is a NYC-based Israeli-Belgian harmonica player and composer. Ben-Or was born and raised in a small village called Nataf in the Jerusalem area. He started playing the harmonica at the age of 11, taught by his uncle.

    After graduating high school, Ben-Or moved to Tel-Aviv to attend the collaborative program of the Tel-Aviv Conservatory and The New School for jazz studies (New York). During his studies, Ben-Or performed throughout Israel and shared the stage with Israel’s finest musicians, won the America-Israel Grant between 2014-2016, took the first prize in the Rostov International Jazz competition (Russia 2013), and recorded with his group “Jupiter” for the album “All Original – Best Young Israeli Jazz, presented by Avishai Cohen” (2013).

    In August 2014, Ben-Or moved to NYC after winning a full scholarship to study at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music ,where he graduated in May 2016. In March 2015 he attended the prestigious Betty Carter Jazz Ahead at John F. Kennedy Center, directed by pianist Jason Moran. Shortly after moving to NYC Ben-Or started leading his own group with which he performed in some of the city’s most renowned venues such as Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (Jazz at Lincoln Center), Cornelia Street Cafe, and Rockwood Music Hall, and toured Europe and Israel. Besides his activity as a bandleader Ben-Or is also a member of the TM Street Band and appears as a sideman in different projects.

  • Gabriel Chakarji

    Piano, Yoram Quartet

    Gabriel Chakarji is a young pianist and composer who is deeply passionate and committed to music as a cultural expression. Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, he grew up in a multicultural environment full of music that expands from afro-Venezuelan Folk, Caribbean, and Brazilian music to Jazz and Gospel. At the age of 21 Gabriel moved to New York with a scholarship to study at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music under the guidance of great masters such as Reggie Workman, George Cables, Billy Harper, and Jane Ira Bloom. He quickly became active in the scene of the city performing in the most famous venues and concert halls. Gabriel was a Latin Grammy nominee for his participation on the album Tiempo by Linda Briceño. He has also toured Europe, Africa, and South America. The influences of cultures, rhythms, and harmonies became Gabriel’s own personality. His compositions and playing are rooted in social justice and multiculturalism.

  • Noam Israeli

    Drums, Yoram Quartet

    Noam Israeli is a NYC based drummer, producer, and recording artist from Israel. He has been fascinated with music since his childhood, trying different instruments until he fell in love with the drums at age 12. Israeli has studied at the Rimon School of Jazz, the Israel Conservatory of Music, and the Berklee College of Music, from which he graduated with a Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Production. Through his studies in Berklee, Israeli was a member of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, led by virtuoso pianist Danilo Perez. In 2013, Israeli was a finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition, held in Washington DC. Noam has performed in major festivals and famous venues around the world, and performed with notable musicians such as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Ben Street, and Miguel Zenon.

  • Alon Near

    Bass, Yoran Quartet

    Alon Near is an Israeli-based bass player, currently residing in New York, where he performs with various bands. Alon graduated from the New School For Jazz with an Honorary Degree. Amongst many others, Alon has played with Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Liebman, and Eli Degibri. Alon also attended the prestigious “Berklee Workshops” Led by Terry Lynn Carrington, was awarded a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music, won first prize in the “Rostov Jazz Competition,” played in New York’s Winter Jazz Festival with the Eli Degibri Quartet, and played with Multi Grammy Award winner Billy Childs and his Quartet.

  • Ziv Yonatan and Lilli Ratosh

    Video Art


Tickets will be available soon on the Carnegie Hall website. The site also includes a seating chart. Please direct any questions relating to ticketing directly to Carnegie Hall.


Concert for a Sustainable Planet
7:30 pm, September 26, 2018
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, New York, USA
Entrance on Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets (Map)


This concert is presented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) in partnership with SDSN Youth’s Arts TwentyThirty initiative.