Miri Ben-Ari to connect generations with violin music “Never Forget the Holocaust” at the United Nations’ International Memorial Ceremony
For International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
On Wednesday, January 28th 2015, Grammy Award-winning violinist & producer Miri Ben-Ari, will join world leaders with a special violin performance at the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall for the International Day of Commemoration dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
To watch the event live broadcast visit http://webtv.un.org/
Ben-Ari, UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations Associations of Brazil, Global Brand Ambassador for Harman Kardon is the co-founder and CEO of www.gedenkmovement.org
And will perform on behalf of Gedenk (“remember” in Yiddish) to demonstrate Gedenk’s mission; utilize cultural outlets such as music, art and poetry in order to promote tolerance and encourage the younger generations of today to learn about genocides, such as the Holocaust.
The event will be attended by: Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; H.E. Mr. Reuven Rivlin, President of Israel, H.E. Mr. Sam Kahamba Kutesa, President of the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly; H.E. Ms. Samantha Power, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations.
Mr. Avner Shalev, Chairman of Yad Vashem Directorate; Youth Representative of UK Holocaust Commission; Mrs. Jona Laks, Holocaust survivor; Nikolay Zaytsev, Red Army veteran; as well as Cantor Shimmy Miller, Congregation Ahavath Torah; and Mr. Maher Nasser, Acting Head, Department of Public Information.
“As a third generation to Holocaust survivors, it is important to me that we, the young generation “Never Forget” the past, so history mistakes won’t be repeated. I am looking forward to paying respect with a special violin composition dedicated to the Holocaust “Never Forget” at the UN International memorial ceremony. My organization, Gedenk, is approaching its second annual campaign with “Scholastic Art and Writing Award” for the “2015 Gedenk Award for Tolerance”. The incredible amount of student submissions last year showed us that the young generation is inspired by the lessons learned from the Holocaust and are passionate about promoting tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society”
The ceremony will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City General Assembly Hall and air on UN television (UNTV), Time Warner Cable Channel 228 and webcast by the United Nations at www.un.org via webtv.un.org
About Miri Ben-Ari:
Ben-Ari, a classically-trained violinist known for her revolutionary fusion of classical soul and dance music, has worked with artists such as Kanye West, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, Wynton Marsalis, Donna Summer and Armin Van Buuren. Originally from Israel, Ben-Ari is a “UN Goodwill Ambassador of Music to the United Nations Associations of Brazil”, Global Brand Ambassador for Harman Kardon, a featured blogger for the Huffington Post and the CEO of the nonprofit Gedenk, which promotes tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society based on lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides.
Ben-Ari has been the face of many promotional campaigns, including Reebok’s “I Am What I Am” global print and TV advertisements, Vodafone, Pepsi, Coca-Cola and now Harman Kardon. She was honored as an “Apollo Legend” by the Apollo theater in New York City, “International Jewish Woman To Watch of 2007 Award,” “2008 Israel Film Festival Visionary Award,” the American Society for Yad Vashem Award, “Young & Powerful for Obama” 2011 Rising Star Award, the “Martin Luther King Award” from Israeli President Shimon Peres the “2012 Big Vision Awards”and the “2014 Aviv Award” by The America-Israel Cultural Foundation.
In 2011, Ben-Ari was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama to the White House for a special performance and to be honored as a “Remarkable Woman” and in 2012, Ben-Ari was invited to perform for President Barack Obama.
Ben-Ari spent much of 2014 in the studio creating a new sound for her comeback album in 2015. She was featured on the title track of Armin Van Buuren’s (#1 DJ in the world) latest album, Intense, which was chosen as the “Tune of the Year” in 2013 by the ASOT community in Electronic Dance Music.
Up next, Ben-Ari will release her own solo album in 2015. This is her second year partnering with Scholastics Art and Writing Awards for a campaign sponsored by her non-profit organization Gedenk to educate kids about tolerance.