In honor of Martin Luther King Day, Grammy award-winning violinist, Miri Ben-Ari pays tribute to the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr with her hit single “Symphony of Brotherhood”.
[embedyt]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfz1hJZPsxM[/embedyt] Ben-Ari composed and produced “Symphony of Brotherhood” after visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta a decade ago. She was deeply touched by the message and legacy of MLK Jr. commenting, “Growing up in Israel as a third generation to Holocaust Survivors and visiting the site inspired me to use one of my original compositions as a soundtrack for the timeless “I Have A Dream” speech from the march on Washington in August 28, 1963.
My experience taught me how important it is, especially in today’s society, to fight against racism and discrimination and music can deliver the message of social justice in a very powerful way.” “Symphony of Brotherhood” features Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech weaving in and out with Ben-Ari’s unique music production, replacing the R&B lead vocalist with her solo violin and string arrangements fill in as the church choir.
The gorgeous track was the first instrumental single ever to appear on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop charts where it spent 12 weeks in the Top 10 peaking at the number 2 position. It went on to become the first instrumental video to air on MTV and VH1 and was also featured in a Viacom commercial for the “Dream Concert” at Radio City Hall in New York City. In 2008 Ben-Ari was invited to perform “Symphony of Brotherhood” at the President House in Jerusalem, Israel and to be honored with the “Martin Luther King Award” by Israeli President, Shimon Peres.
In 2011, Ben-Ari was invited by America’s First Lady, Michelle Obama to the White House for a special performance of this song and to be honored as a “Remarkable Woman”. Miri Ben-Ari, originally from Israel, has a strong connection to the song’s message. Being a third generation to Holocaust survivors, she co-founded “Gedenk”, a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to educate, raise awareness and encourage self-expression among youth about Anti-Semitism, racism and their brutal consequences. This year Ben-Ari has partnered on behalf of “Gedenk” with “Scholastic Arts & Writing to launch the second year of the “Gedenk Award for Tolerance” campaign.
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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.