WHAT:  "Seeds of Peace" Benefit Concert in Utah
WHEN:  April 5, 2001 - Wednesday, 7:00 PM
WHERE:  Gardner Hall Ballroom, University of Utah
WHY:  To bring people together in support of an authentic Middle East peace.

     Gifted violinist Gerald Elias (, formerly with the Boston Symphony, is Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony.  He thinks that creative Arab and Jewish citizens working together in sustained dialogue can make a difference.
     Jerry and a growing, new team of Jews and Arabs in Salt Lake City will present a benefit concert for "Seeds of Peace," the Maine summer camp that transcends political borders and limited identification.  The camp has brought together over 1,0000 Arab and Israeli youth in a long-term effort to build peace in the Middle East.
     As important as the exquisite music (described below), Jewish and Palestinian youth, including Muslims and Christians, will work side by side to usher and to host the reception.  The food will be Middle Eastern, exclusively catered by a new Palestinian-owned restaurant.
     This initiative is bringing communities together as never before in Salt Lake City.  It can be a model for other cities, here and overseas.


    Violinist Gerald Elias and pianist Marjorie Janove will present a major recital, Elias' first in Salt Lake in several years, on Thursday, April 5 at 7:00PM at the Gardner Hall Ballroom on the campus of the University of Utah.
     Proceeds from the concert will be donated to "Seeds of Peace," an organization recently featured on "60 Minutes," which in the past several years has brought together more than 1,000 Arab and Israeli teenagers for an annual intensive camping experience in Maine as part of a long-term effort to build peace in the Middle East.
     Mr. Elias is Associate Concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, First Violin of the Abramyan String Quartet, and a faculty member of the University of Utah.  Ms. Janove is one of Salt Lake's most noted keyboard artists and will collaborate with Elias on both piano and harpsichord.
     Said Elias, "Seeds of Peace is an incredible organization so I wanted to create a fantastic recital program to match it.  The ballroom is a spectacular setting for this event and the reception alone is worth the price of admission."
     The musical extravaganza will include beloved compositions by Brahms and Saint-Saens, and as a centennial commemoration of Kurt Weill, the Suite from Three-Penny Opera, including "Mack the Knife," as transcribed by Stefan Frenkel (himself a gifted young contemporary of Weill who died in a World War II concentration camp).  Also on the program will be the American premiere of Partita Intrecciata for violin and tape, composed by Morris Rosenzweig for Elias, and two pieces by Elias' friend, the late composer and conductor Thomas Briccetti.  Rounding out the program is a transcription by Elias himself of Louis Moreau Gottschalk's irresistible Pasquinade for violin and
an ensemble of the University of Utah's finest students.
     The performance will be followed by a generous reception in the ballroom catered by Mazza, a new Salt Lake Middle Eastern restaurant.  An educational presentation will be made by representatives of Seeds of Peace.
     Tickets for the concert alone are $15.00; for the concert and reception combined, $30.00.
     Please call 587-9483 for further information.