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Israeli composer and pianist to teach at FSU this spring

Roee Ben Sira, a globally acclaimed Israeli composer and pianist, will serve as visiting lecturer at Florida State University this spring.

Ben Sira, who will be in Florida from Jan. 5 to May 5, is currently on the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he is also working on his Ph.D dissertation in ethnomusicology. He is lecturing at FSU through the Schusterman Visiting Israeli Artists Program, which is bringing 14 Israeli artists for residencies at top universities across the United States during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Ben Sira was trained in classical and jazz and is an expert in Brazilian music. His 2015 album, lauded in Israel as one of the year’s best, was recorded in Rio De Janeiro alongside leading Brazilian artists of Choro music. Ben Sira has also performed jazz piano around the world and has composed original music for Israeli dance and theater companies.

Florida State has one of the country’s largest music programs in higher education. During his time there, he will participate on March 3 in the Rainbow Concert of World Music, a presentation of FSU’s diverse world music program.

The Visiting Israeli Artists program, an initiative of the Israel Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based academic institute that aims to enhance the study of modern Israel, brings Israeli filmmakers, choreographers, musicians, writers and visual artists for residencies at top universities and other cultural organizations in North America.

The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation founded the program in 2008 to foster interactions between the artists and their communities, exposing a broader audience to contemporary Israeli culture.

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