Fostering dialogue and inspiring action

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About 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).


Welcome Remarks by Professor Jeffrey Sachs

VIVALDI Spring, first movement Hildesheim – Violin, Hachamoff – Piano, String Quintet

SHAPIRA Changing Reality #1: Spring (World Premiere) Hildesheim – Violin, Hachamoff – Piano, String Quintet. Video Art by Ziv Yonatan and Lily Rattok.

VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, arranged by Alfred Heller for soprano, piano and cello Dudochkin – Soprano, Hass – Cello, Zenteno – Piano. Video Art by Ziv Yonatan and Lily Rattok.

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue, arranged for piano and strings Hachamoff – Piano, String Quintet

IZAKSON/SHAPIRA A time for peace (World Premiere) - for narrator, singer, oud, piano, and violin Shapiro – Narrator and Bass, Shapira – Oud, Hachamoff – Piano, Hildesheim - Violin

SHAPIRA Changing Reality #2, Love and Despair (World Premiere), a concertino for piano and strings Hachamoff – Piano, String Quintet. Video Art by Ziv Yonatan and Lily Rattok.


PDQ BACH Blaues Gras Cantata for two singers and Baroque and Bluegrass bands Florentin – Tenor, Shapiro – Bass, Consolati, Hriesh – Flutes, String Quintet, Bluegrass Band, Amit Moreau – Stage Director

BEN OR Jazz quartet

SHAPIRA Changing Reality #3: Peace Strings for oud, piano and dancer (World Premiere) Yerushalmy – Dance and Choreography, Shapira – Oud, Hachamoff – Piano. Video Art by Ziv Yonatan and Lily Rattok.

Program Notes

In this concert we wish to recall two aspects of “Changing Reality”: One, the changes that our reality undergoes, such as climate change, deforestation and loss of biodiversity, and displacement and forced immigration. The other is our faith in our ability to change reality, by raising awareness of the goals of Sustainable Development.

This concert will be performed by an international group of artists performing canonical pieces in new arrangements as well as three world premiers.

The concert opens with Vivaldi’s Spring (first movement), which represents the love of Nature and its protection, highlights our concern over climate change. It follows by Shapira’s Spring Mix. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, which recalls the challenges faced by immigrants and displaced people worldwide, represents concern for social inclusion. The Bachianas Brazileras No. 5 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, features the voices of lost tribes in the Amazon jungle.

A time for peace, a song by Miron Izakson to the music of Shapira, recalls the anguish and hope of ordinary citizens in time of war.

Shapira’s Changing Reality, on love and despair, is a groundbreaking piece in its wild dialogue between the piano and strings, while combining musical traditions from different part of the world, including Classical, Jazz, Eastern microtonality, Rock and Modern.

PDQ Bach’s Blaues Gras Cantata opens the second half with a comic relief. 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.

Astar by Ben-Or, played by his Jazz Quartet, is a refreshing tribute to the young generation.

Shapira’s Strings of Peace ends the concert with a message of peace. Composed for piano and oud, 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.

At the concert will be screened 5 World Premier Video-Art works, which were created by the artists Lily Rattok and Ziv Yonatan specially for the Carnegie Hall event.

Three of these creations which will be performed in this evening: Bachianas Brasileiras No.5, Changing Reality, Peace Strings will commence with the video art, as the musicians accompany the video projected onto the screen. The fascinating co-operation between Rattok and Yonatan, and the composer Ronen Shapira has been widely acclaimed at the 2017 Carnegie Hall event.


  • 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.

  • Ehud Shapiro

    Ehud Shapiro

    Emcee, Bass-Baritone

    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.

  • 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.

  • Doron Florentine

    Doron Florentine


    The Israeli tenor, Doron Florentin, completed his Bachelor of Music degree in harpsichord at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, where he had studied with David Shemer. Following his army service in the Outstanding Musicians Unit, he applied He took vocal studies at the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music’s vocal department in Tel-Aviv, and about to finish his Bachelor of Music degree there. Recently he went to the Felix Mendelssohn Music Academy in Leipzig in a student exchange program. He is a recipient of AICF scholarship.

    Performing in Israel, Doron Florentin has soloed with the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, Barrocade Ensemble, Raanana Symphonette, Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra, and more. He is a former member of the Moran Singers, with whom he sang at the annual Toronto Bach Festival under the baton of Maestro Helmuth Rilling.

    Among his operatic roles are Nemorino ‘in The Elixir of Love by Donizetti and Tamino in Die Zauberflöte by W.A. Mozart. Doron Florentin gave an outstanding performance in The Fairy Queen by Henry Purcell, the event that opened the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra’s current season (2015-2016). He currently lives in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

  • Gilad Hildesheim

    Gilad Hildesheim


    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.

  • Abigel Kralik

    Abigel Kralik


    American-born, Hungarian violinist, 20-year-old Abigel Kralik began violin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the age of four, and continued her studies for three years in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Hungary. As a student of Eva Acsne Szily, she won numerous first-place awards, including a first and grand prize at the national Koncz János competition in 2010. She entered the Liszt Academy of Music’s Young Talents Program in 2011; soon thereafter she was accepted into the Perlman Music Program. In spring 2012, Abigel won first place at the international competition Talents for Europe, in Dolny Kubin, Slovakia. In 2013, she began studying under Kristóf Baráti. Abigel has performed as a soloist with several orchestras throughout the world, most recently with the Anima Musicae Chamber Orchestra. She has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Vilde Frang, Nicholas Altstaedt, and Maxim Rysanov. Her most recent accomplishments include winning first prize at the New York International Artists Association, joining the artist roster of Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and being invited as an Academy Artist at the Verbier Festival. In the fall of 2018, Abigel will make her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist. She now studies at The Juilliard School under the tutelage of Itzhak Perlman and Laurie Smukler where she is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship.

  • Lauren Siess

    Lauren Siess


    Lauren Siess began viola studies at age 11, after starting her musical studies on guitar and violin. Lauren is currently an undergraduate violist at Juilliard as a student of Carol Rodland. A native of Portland, Oregon, her former teachers include Brian Quincey, Helen Callus, and Paul Neubauer. An alumnus of Colburn Music Academy, Lauren was featured as soloist with the Colburn Academy Virtuosi Orchestra and Colburn Chamber Orchestra, and served as principal viola of both orchestras.

    Lauren has been a member of the Perlman Music Program since 2012. During summer of 2017, Lauren attended Banff Centre’s “Ensemble Evolution,” and “Chamber Music,” programs, where she studied contemporary chamber music works with ICE, JACK Quartet, Imani Winds and Miro Quartet. Lauren will be attending the Yellow Barn Program during the Summer of 2018.

    Passionate about community engagement, Lauren has created and participated in numerous musical/artistic outreach projects. In summer 2017, Lauren co-founded the Joining Hands Project with violinist Leerone Hakami, where they taught music at schools in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Her and Leerone also presented a workshop/masterclass at Pacific University, titled “Research in the Performing Arts,” on diverse ways of building community engagement projects involving music. In spring 2018, her quartet, the Uhuru Quartet, conducted a workshop at the WIN (Women in Need) Shelter in NYC, and later presented a program of all women-composers as a benefit concert for the WIN Shelter.

    Lauren is a proud recipient of a Kovner Fellowship at the Juilliard School.

  • Daniel Hass

    Daniel Hass


    A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Daniel Hass is an up and coming young cellist currently residing in Toronto and New York City. He has received training at the Israel Conservatory, the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and the New England Conservatory in Boston. In the spring of 2017 Daniel graduated from the Juilliard School under the tutelage of Joel Krosnick as a recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. Daniel has played with a number of orchestras in Israel, Canada, and the United States, including the Israel Camerata Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2016, Daniel brought home two major awards, the $25,000 Michael Measures Award from the Canada Council of the Arts, and the First Prize at the Stulberg International String Competition. An avid chamber musician, Daniel has performed with various ensembles around the world, traveling to Amsterdam, Budapest, Lisbon, Montreal, and Stanford. Travels have also brought Daniel to international masterclasses, where he has played for Gary Hoffman, Ralph Kirshbaum, Frans Helmerson, Janos Starker, and Leon Fleisher. Since the age of 13, Daniel spends his summers at the Perlman Music Program, where he studies with Ron Leonard and Paul Katz. Daniel plays on a 1914 Eugenio Degani Cello on loan through the course of his education.

  • Eddy Khaimovich

    Eddy Khaimovich


    Eddy Khaimovich is an Israeli award-winning bassist extraordinaire, composer, producer, and educator living in New York. He has recently received the prestigious Hot House Jazz Magazine Award 2014 in bass category (Best Bassist 2014). He released his debut album featuring multi-Grammy-award winner Roy Hargrove to raving acclaim. The CD was awarded a place among the “Best Releases of 2008” by New York City Jazz Frecord (formerly All About Jazz). Mr. Khaimovich’s virtuosity on acoustic and electric basses, unique musical voice, rich tone, and stylistic versalitily earned hima n outstanding reputation in Jazz Classical, Commercial/Contemporary and World Music within New York’s demanding music scene and around the globe. Being an in-demand, much sought-after sideman, he has performed and/or recorded in world’s major venues with Jazz and Commercial music greats, such as multi-Grammy-award winner Roy Hargrove, multi Grammy-award winner Gloria Estefan, Grammy-award winner Yolanda Adams, Latin Grammy-award winners Fernand Otero and Paquito D’Rivera, Fred Hersch, James Moody, Francisco Mela, Harlem Gospel Choir, Antonio Sánchez, Etienne Mbappé, Oz Noy, Jason Lindner; classical music luminaries Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zuckerman, Martha Argerich, Yuri Bashment, Maxim Vengerov, Daniel Barenboim, Marivonne Le Dizes, Vladimir Spivakov, Kurt Masur, Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta, Valery Gergiev, and Lorin Maazel. He currently resides in New York.

  • Manuel García Orozco

    Manuel García Orozco


    Manuel García-Orozco is a music producer and composer from Colombia. Including the GRAMMY® and Latin GRAMMY®-awarded El Orisha de la Rosa (Magín Díaz), he has dedicated his career to produce significant musical documents that enrich the world and preserve cultures in resistance under his label Chaco World Music. His career spans across many genres and cultures working with traditional artists, symphonic orchestras, and mainstream acts including Petrona Martínez, Magín Díaz, Carlos Vives, Aterciopelados, the Colombian National Symphony, the Bogota Philharmonic, Celso Pina, Xenia Ghali, and Chango Spasiuk, among others. He is the recipient of the Colombian Ministry of Culture’s National Award for Music Research, The Latin GRAMMY® Foundation’s Music Research Grant, and the ASCAP Foundation’s Cy Coleman Award. As a composer and performer, he has been featured in international venues including Cannes Film Festival, Lincoln Center, Blue Note, Symphony Space, and major TV networks such as Sony Entertainment and MTV Latino. In regards to Colombian music, Garcia-Orozco has authored two books and, a digital educational platform dedicated to the historical, structural and creative framework of bullerengue music, an Afro-Colombian traditional genre led by elderly women in the Caribbean. Garcia-Orozco is a Ph.D. student in Ethnomusicology at Columbia University and holds an M.A. in Film Scoring from New York University and a B.A. in Music Composition from Universidad El Bosque.

  • Flynn Cohen

    Flynn Cohen


    Acoustic Guitar and mandolin player Flynn Cohen can be seen in concert with the American folk band Low Lily and legendary Irish Accordion player John Whelan, as well as duo shows playing music from his four solo albums. Flynn has also performed with Ruth Moody, Halali, The Sevens, Aoife Clancy, Cathie Ryan, Lawrence Nugent, Skip Healy, Dylan Foley, Joe Derrane and Frank Ferrel, John McGann, Matt Glaser, Brian Wicklund, Tony Watt and Southeast Expressway, Adrienne Young, Jake & Taylor Armerding, Laura Orshaw, Duncan Wickel, Gail Davies, Jilly Martin, Malibu Storm, Bruce MacGregor, Lissa Schneckenburger, Laura Cortese, Mark Simos, Women of Ireland, The Vancouver Symphony, the Orchestra of Indian Hill, Revels, and Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble, among others. A former guitar student of John Renbourn (Pentangle) and Paul Binkley (Modern Mandolin Quartet), Flynn has degrees in Music from Dartington College of Arts in Devon, England and Mills College in Oakland, California. He taught classes in Music Theory and History for many years at Keene State College in New Hampshire and Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.

  • August Watters

    August Watters


    August Watters is a multi-stylistic, improvising mandolinist, composer/arranger, conductor and teacher who is deeply involved in today’s revival of this elegant instrument, and has made significant contributions to the recovery and advancement of its traditions. His work as an interpreter, improviser, composer and arranger bridges contemporary classical music, jazz, folk music traditions, and the historical concert mandolin repertoire. August was a professor at Boston’s Berklee College of Music for 18 years, where he taught ear training and ensembles in bluegrass and jazz styles, as well as string labs and private mandolin lessons. As a clinician he has lectured and performed widely in Europe and the USA on the American mandolin and its roots in Italian folk and classical concert music traditions. He is the founder of the New England Mandolin Ensemble and the Festival of Mandolin Chamber Music, and is also an Emmy-award winning arranger, currently focused on music for mandolin ensembles.

  • Alon Near

    Alon Near

    Bass, Yotam 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.

  • Yotam Ben-Or

    Yotam Ben-Or

    Harmonica, Yotam Quartet

    Yotam Ben-Or is an 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

    Gabriel Chakarji

    Piano, Yotam 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

    Noam Israeli

    Drums, Yotam Quartet

    Noam Israeli is an 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.

  • Pedro Zenteno

    Pedro Zenteno


    Pedro Zenteno is a Chilean award-winning pianist, educator, and non-profit leader based in Brooklyn. He has concertized extensively across the Americas and Europe, and his playing has been described as a “very effective combination of force, virtuosity, and extreme sensitivity” (Visiones Críticas). Recent professional highlights include touring with YOA Orchestra of the Americas throughout the Caribbean and Eastern Canada, being featured as soloist in Chile’s Radio Beethoven, and speaking at Civic Hall NYC and NYU.

    Pedro was raised in a place where music making was an essential part of family life. The juxtaposition of a guitar teacher for a mother, a composer for an older brother, and a vinyl collector for a father, created a constellation that fostered his profound appreciation for diverse kinds of music. A natural outgrowth of this environment, he is an enthusiastic proponent of both traditional and contemporary literature.

    Pedro completed an undergraduate degree with a certificate in arts leadership at the Eastman School of Music and the Institute for Music Leadership on full scholarship. He also completed a master’s degree in Piano at NYU and received a certificate in social entrepreneurship from Oxford University.

    An avid advocate for community engaged arts, Pedro is Co-Director of the Global Leaders Program; an affiliate of the Orchestra of the Americas that is empowering a rising generation of performers who are interested in harnessing the power of music to create social value in their communities. In collaboration with Harvard’s Doctor Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Duke’s Social Science Research Institute, and El Sistema USA (among others), Pedro has co-developed a program that centers around teaching artistry, music for social change, cultural agency, and business management; one that is reinvigorating the notion of what it means to be a musician in a civil society.

  • 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.

  • Giorgio Consolati

    Giorgio Consolati


    Praised for his “lustrous tone” (Musical America), Giorgio Consolati is the first flutist in the Milan Conservatory of Music’s 211-year history to graduate with top honors. He is now completing his Master of Music under the guidance of Carol Wincenc at Juilliard, where he is a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship. As the winner of the 2018 Juilliard Concerto Competition, Giorgio performed the Flute Concerto by Christopher Rouse in David Geffen Hall with Alan Gilbert. He was also heard as a soloist with the National Repertory Orchestra in Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto. Giorgio is a laureate of many competitions, including the De Lorenzo, Krakamp and NSAL 2018 Woodwind Competition. Giorgio has also served as principal flute of the Juilliard Orchestra in Carnegie Hall, David Geffen Hall, and Alice Tully Hall, and performed at Juilliard’s ChamberFest, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, and the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival.

  • Mais Hriesh

    Mais Hriesh


    Mais Hriesh is a flutist from Nazareth. She began playing the flute at the age of thirteen at the Barenboim-Said Conservatory, which later became the Polyphony Conservatory, with Avichai Ornoy. Three years later, she began studying with Roy Amotz. She took part in several master classes in Austria with Michael Kofler, in the United States with Carla Ordoniez, and in Germany with Guy Eshid and Gili Schwarzman.

    In 2011, she played with the Polyphony Ensemble on its first U.S. tour, performing in California, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington D.C. Following that year, Hriesh played with the Andalucía Orchestra in Spain under Maestro Daniel Barenboim. In 2013 Mais enrolled at Bard College to study flute with Tara Helen O’Connor. In 2014, Hriesh toured with the Bard Conservatory Orchestra all around Eastern and Central Europe. Later on that year Hriesh was nominated to the Kempinski Young Artist Program and was awarded to study with Peter Lukas Graf’s master class at the Mozarteum. In 2016, she studied with Claudia Stein and Pirmin Grehl in Berlin. Later that year, she performed solos with the Polyphony Ensemble under the direction of Zubin Mehta and Saleem Ashkar. Today, Mais is active as a chamber musician and member of the Bard Conservatory Orchestra and the Galilee Orchestra.

  • 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 commissions 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.

  • Ziv Yonatan

    Ziv Yonatan

    Video Art

    Ziv Yonatan is a musician, a multi-disciplinary artist and a radio broadcaster.  Born in kibbutz Sarid in Israel, Ziv Yonatan grew up in the U.S. and Israel. He began his musical career as a singer/song writer and a sound designer. He created a unique body of work which included sound tracks for films and video art. Yonatan lectured in the film department at Tel Aviv University. At Mana Contemporary, N.J. he created Large-scale site-specific installations. He composed the soundtrack for "Strata" - a collaborative dance performance of the choreographer Shen Wei and visual artist Eugene Lamay. The video art of Yonatan was on display at "Artists House" gallery, "Epos” - international festival for art films at Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, Art Basel – Miami Florida, Carnegie Hall – New York, Pyramid Art Museum Haifa.

  • Lily Rattok

    Lily Rattok

    Video Art

    Lily Rattok is a multi-disciplinary artist, a writer and a professor of literature at Tel Aviv University in Israel and had been a visiting professor at Yale University, U.S. Rattok was born and lives in Israel, but had lectured extensively on Israeli Culture, Art and Literature in France, the U.S., Russia, China, the Ukraine and Taiwan. At Mana Contemporary Art Center, N.J. Rattok created Large-scale site-specific art installations and collaborated with choreographer Karole Armitage. The video art of Rattok was on display at "Epos” international festival for art films, Tel Aviv Museum, Israel, “On the Seam” Museum, Jerusalem, Art Basel – Miami Florida, Carnegie Hall – New York, “Beyond Words” International festival, Pyramid – Art Museum, Haifa. Her latest works screened on Israeli national T.V.

  • Rogério Boccato

    Rogério Boccato


    Brazilian percussionist and educator Rogério Boccato plays in projects led by some of today’s leading jazz players, among them Maria Schneider, John Patitucci, Fred Hersch, Danilo Perez, Ben Allison, Kevin Hays, and many others. He has also collaborated with top-ranking Brazilian artists, such as Toninho Horta, Dori Caymmi, Moacir Santos, and Vinicius Cantuária.

    He is featured on two Grammy-award winning albums: “The Thompson Fields“, with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, and on Billy Childs’ “Rebirth”. He is also featured on three Grammy-nominated albums: Kenny Garrett’s “Beyond The Wall”, John Patitucci‘s “Remembrance“ (alongside Joe Lovano and Brian Blade), and on Alan Ferber’s “Jigsaw“.

    As a longtime member of the “Orquestra Jazz Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo”, Brazilian percussionist Rogério Boccato has played with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Milton Nascimento, Egberto Gismonti, João Bosco, Joe Zawinul, among many others.

    Rogério Boccato has been a faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music , NYU and of the Percussion department of The Hartt School (University of Hartford) teaching Brazilian Music and Ritmica.

  • Agustín Uriburu

    Agustín Uriburu


    Agustin Uriburu is a NYC based Argentinian Cellist, Guitarist, Composer and Arranger graduated from the National University of the Arts (Universidad Nacional de las Artes) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Over the last years he performed with renowned projects in Jazz, Tango, Classical, World Music and Theater Music. He Toured in the US, South Korea, Colombia, Costa Rica and performed in the most outstanding Concert Halls in Argentina. He has played at renowned venues in NY such as Minton’s, Joe’s Pub, Rockwood Music Hall, National Sawdust, 92Y, C’mon Everybody, Cornelia St. Cafe, Consulate General of Argentina in NY and Chicago, among others. Some of the artists he collaborated with are the prolific Jazz Pianist Leo Genovese; legendary former Piazzolla´s and Pugliese´s bandoneonist Daniel Binelli & the Astoria Tango Orchestra; soul singer Sol Liebeskind; Marco Sanguinetti Jazz Quartet; Yotam Ben-Or Quartet; world-music singer Hervé; and singer song-writers such as Silvina Moreno, Juana Luna, Rodrigo Aranjuelo among many others.


Tickets are available 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.