photographs by Annie Watt
Greenwich Christian and Jewish institutions came together with Polyphony Foundation founders Craig and Deborah Cogut to host a concert and reception at First Presbyterian Church. The church was packed with 400 music lovers, as acclaimed Israeli conductor Karin Ben-Josef delighted the audience with the Polyphony Youth Orchestra’s renditions of Bach, Barber, Grieg and Handel. The student musicians ages nine to seventeen wowed the audience with their talent.
The Polyphony Foundation is an organization that believes that music has a unique power to transcend cultural and social boundaries, educating both performer and audience in the art of listening and communicating. Polyphony was founded in 2011 by the Coguts, Nabeel Abboud-Ashkar, and award-winning singer, songwriter, actress, producer and activist Cher. This was the orchestra’s second U.S. tour and its first since being awarded the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts in February at a ceremony at MOMA. Greenwich was the orchestra’s first stop on the tour that heads to Manhattan, the Hamptons and Aspen. polyphonyfoundation.org