Miri Ben-Ari poses with US President Barack Obama 370.
(photo credit: Noam Galai)
WASHINGTON – Israeli musician Miri Ben-Ari said she wanted her performance
opening a fundraiser for US President Barack Obama Monday night to start the
event on “a very high note.” And that is what she literally did with her violin,
on which she reaches high up the scale playing jazz, hip-hop and other musical
riffs not traditionally associated with this instrument.
performance before Obama at Boston’s Symphony Hall, she played “Symphony of
Brotherhood,” which samples Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream”
Ben-Ari, who is also a US citizen, herself speaks of the dream
she made come true by moving to America soon after finishing her service with
the IDF. She told The Jerusalem Post
that was why she wanted to help ensure that
Obama remained president.
“I came her with a violin and a dream,” she
said. “I was pursuing the American dream. I believe that President Obama is the
only one in this race with a vision for... protecting and keeping this
Obama has come under criticism from some quarters of the Jewish
community for not being supportive enough on Israel and his approval ratings in
Israel have at times been very low.
But Ben-Ari said she hoped that she –
as an Israeli musician honored by opening his event Monday night solo – could
help change the less-positive views that some Israelis might have of
Ben-Ari’s performance Monday night was her first before Obama, but
the 33- year-old Grammy winner has previously played at the White House, where
first lady Michelle Obama chose her as one of 22 “remarkable women” for a 2011
event marking Women’s History Month.
Obama praised Ben-Ari for her
performance once he took the stage.
“I want to thank Miri Ben-Ari for her
outstanding talent,” he said. “We appreciate her appearing here
After the Symphony Hall event, Obama went to a second fundraiser
at a private residence in a well-to-do Boston suburb. Among the guests was
Massachusetts state Treasurer Steve Grossman, a major fundraiser for Jewish and
Democratic causes who backed Hillary Clinton to be the Democratic nominee in
2008 but now supports Obama.