As brothers turn Nazareth into classical music hub, festival strikes a chord / Jessica Steinberg

Saleem and Nabil Abboud Ashkar discovered music on a second-hand piano; now they’re creating generations of classical musicians in their Galilean hometown

Nazareth’s second Liturgical Festival, a three-day feast of religiously-themed classical music, may never have taken place had a Russian immigrant not bartered his piano for a used car some 40 years ago.

The festival, which starts Thursday and will run until Sunday, is produced by Polyphony, the first classical music conservatory in Israel’s Arab community, founded by violinist Nabil Abboud Ashkar, whose father traded the family’s used car for the piano.


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