LEWISTON – The Apple Hill Chamber Players will perform the music of Beethoven, Ravel and Schubert Monday, Feb. 4, as part Bates College’s two-week effort to expand dialogue among students about Palestinian-Israeli relationships.

The ensemble has earned international praise for vital and eloquent performances and recordings of chamber music literature, from established masterpieces to new works by leading composers.

The 7 p.m. concert in the Bates College Chapel on College Street is open to the public free of charge.

Founded in 1973, the Apple Hill Chamber Players is a group of performing artists and faculty for the internationally celebrated Apple Hill Festival in East Sullivan, N.H., where they are joined by professional, student and amateur participants of all ages from all over the world.

The Apple Hill Playing for Peace Project is dedicated to using Apple Hill concerts, residencies and scholarships to further the causes of world peace and understanding at Apple Hill and worldwide. Annually since 1988, the Apple Hill Chamber Players has toured both nationally and in the Middle East and Europe, performing, conducting master classes and awarding Playing for Peace scholarships that bring musicians of diverse backgrounds and conflicting cultures to Apple Hill.

The dramatic story of the group’s 1992 tour of Israel, Egypt, Jordan and Syria was documented by Emmy award-winning Peter Rosen in the namesake PBS film “Playing for Peace.”

The college’s two-week program, “Art and Alterity: Beyond the Other as Enemy in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” also includes an art experience and a memorial service for civilian victims of terrorism and war. For more details, call 786-8272.

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