ORU Hosts Arab-Jewish Ensemble Shesh Besh

Written by Chandler Elmore '14

Shesh BeshOral Roberts University was selected to host the Arab-Jewish ensemble Shesh Besh. The unique musical group performed in Christ’s Chapel on April 10, 2013.

Shesh Besh also held a workshop in Timko Barton for music students. The Oklahoma Israeli Exchange (OKIE) was instrumental in bringing the ensemble to the ORU campus.

Shesh Besh, an Arab-Jewish Ensemble searching for an elusive balance of East and West through music, embodies two cultures living in harmony. It is comprised of three members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra alongside four musicians from Israel’s Arab community.

“We are deeply honored to have these world class musicians and their excellence with Arab-Jewish music on ORU’s campus. Our goal is to give ORU students and the Tulsa community a deeper look into the Arab-Jewish world” said Director of the ORU Center for Israel & Middle East Studies John Swails.

The Arab-Jewish ensemble is under the auspices of The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Their music reflects their belief that the language of music can build bridges between peoples. They aim to show that people of different nationalities and beliefs can produce beautiful music despite difficult political situations and cultural differences. For more information about the event and OKIE visit OKisrael.org.