WHAT: Melody for Dia­logue Among Civ­i­liza­tions Asso­ci­a­tion (MDACA) will host its world pre­miere con­cert, “Melody for Peace – Rossini, but not only…” The goal of this spe­cial event is to pro­mote peace and a unique bond among humanity through the uni­versal lan­guage of music per­formed by artists from around the world.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is co-​​sponsoring the event.

WHO: The event will fea­ture an orig­inal com­po­si­tion by Anthony Paul De Ritis, Chair of North­eastern University’s Depart­ment of Music. Titled, Melody for Peace, De Ritis’ work will show­case a dia­logue between tra­di­tional, clas­sical and con­tem­po­rary music.

De Ritis, a musictech­nol­o­gist and com­poser, has been described as a “wun­derkind” by San Fran­cisco Mag­a­zine and is inter­na­tion­ally renowned for “widening the palette of orches­tral tra­di­tion,” (The Vil­lage Voice). Hehas been the Chair of the Music Depart­ment and Director of Mul­ti­media Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity since 1998. Some of his most notable com­po­si­tions have been col­lab­o­ra­tions with other inter­na­tional musi­cians that have fea­tured a variety of tra­di­tional instru­ments. His interest in music and musical instru­ments from around the world made his com­po­si­tion a nat­ural choice for the Melody for Dia­logue Among Civ­i­liza­tions Association.

The con­cert will also fea­ture the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, vio­linist Chee-​​Yun (Korea), described as “…utterly mag­ical” by Gramo­phone, and inter­na­tion­ally renowned vio­linist and UNESCO Artist for Peace, Ino Mirkovic (Croatia), in dia­logue with erhu player Guo Gan (China). They will join 20 tra­di­tional musi­cians from 18 coun­tries in an effort to pro­mote respect for cul­tural diver­sity and encourage a dia­logue among civilizations.

WHEN: Monday, December 3, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Avery Fisher Hall, Lin­coln Center for the Per­forming Arts

10 Lin­coln Center Plaza

New York, NY 10023

Avery Fisher Hall Box Office 212–875-5030/Center Charge 212–721-6500 or, visit


For more infor­ma­tion on the con­cert and Anthony De Ritis’ com­po­si­tion, please con­tact Renata Nyul at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.