Transformations™: Musical Diplomacy
Violinist William Harvey is well aware that he is the only American many of his music students have ever met. Harvey was a student at Juilliard in New York when the World Trade Center towers fell in 2001. Music, he decided, was not something to be appreciated from afar, but something that through active participation can help us to understand and appreciate other people and cultures. Today, Harvey is spending the year in Kabul, Afghanistan teaching kids to play stringed instruments, learning how to play Afghani instruments himself, and working to build a bridge between the two cultures. .