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             Guest For  Thursday April 14,  2005


                                      JOSEPH EGER    






                     Einstein’s Violin: 
       A Conductor’s Notes on Music, 
            Physics, and Social Change




More About: JOE EGER  and "Einsteins Violin"


Maestro Joseph Eger is Music Director/Conductor of the Symphony for United Nations (SUN) in New York and Florida, and Guest Conductor for Life in Beijing, China. In addition to countless guest conducting engagements around the world, Maestro Eger has been active in the movie industry and in commercial radio and television.

Keith Emerson of 
Emerson, Lake & Palmer 
with Maestro Eger

Eger toured through the U.S. and internationally as a solo concert artist on the French horn and was called "the greatest French horn player alive" by the New York Times. In addition to numerous world class recordings, Eger has initiated city-wide festivals and free concerts in New York City, winning two NYC Mayoral Awards and the prestigious "Eleanor Roosevelt Man of Vision Award".

Maestro Eger continues to work tirelessly to promote world peace and understanding through an appreciation for other cultures. SUN is deeply concerned with human rights and is active against war, poverty, and the deterioration of the environment.


Tarcher/Penguin publishers set March 17, 2005 
release date for new book by SUN Founder

Einstein’s Violin: 
A Conductor’s Notes on Music, 
Physics, and Social Change

by Joseph Eger, founder and musical director of 
the Symphony for United Nations (SUN)

To read about the book, including an excerpt, 
scroll below the book jacket cover.

Joseph Eger’s life is a testimony to the power of music. Among the most widely traveled and venerated classical conductors of his generation, Eger has discovered within music a universal language that not only unites people across cultures but also suggests something about the physical rules of life itself. 

In Einstein’s Violin: A Conductor’s Notes on Music, Physics, and Social Change (Tarcher/Penguin hardcover: March 17, 2005), the internationally renowned conductor looks back on more than half a century of music making and what it has taught him about individuals, the world, and the very nature of reality.

“For me,” writes Eger, “music, physics, and social concerns are intertwined tightly together like a Navajo rug. This book is woven from these three threads into patterns illuminating the effects of each on the other.” Eger shares the lessons learned from his 70-year-long romance with music:

• The symphony orchestra as a model both for society and for the entire universe.

• Music as a force for change across enemy lines in the Middle East.

• Classical music as a bridge between peoples through fusion concerts with musicians
  such as Keith Emerson (Emerson, Lake & Palmer) and John Lennon, and through
  performances at venues such as Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

• The sources of music, the unifying language of the universe, found in the ancient
   music of the Hebrews, Egyptians, ancient Chinese, and the schools of Pythagoras.

• Music’s uncanny similarity in design to “string theory” so popular in today’s
  theoretical physics. Instead of just using music as a means of illustrating the concepts
  of string theory, perhaps the universe itself is music, as it expands and contracts like
  the waves emanating from a plucked guitar string.

• As well as Eger’s intimate portraits of such celebrated figures as Leonard Bernstein,
  David Bohm, Albert Einstein, Queen Noor al Hussein, and, above all, Beethoven.

Einstein’s Violin is an astounding survey of music’s tremendous power—from cultures using it to improve harvests, cure the outbursts of the mentally ill, and worship God; to Eger’s personal experiences of bridging nations; to its far-reaching implications for twenty-first century physicists. 

"Einstein's Violin is an extraordinary -- and richly entertaining -- look at how music reveals the inner workings of our world. Maestro Joseph Eger, one of the pioneering classical conductors of the twentieth century, shows how music, science, and social issues are intimately connected -- and how the structure of music unites each. Whether you are interested in classical or other forms of music, leading-edge quantum physics, or the social issues facing our warring planet, Einstein's Violin will teach you to look at each in a different way -- indeed because it is the same."
                                                                                   MARVIN HAMLISH


Music Opens the Door
Here I must give some background. Shortly after a series of my articles on Middle East peace appeared across the country, the Arab American Cultural Foundation, realizing that I was not an inveterate Arab hater, asked me to visit Lebanon to meet with the most popular musical star in the Arab worlds and, if I found her worthy, bring her to the U.S. for a tour. Even the Israelis enjoyed her music. The foundation sent me to Beirut, Lebanon, where I met the famous singer Fayrouz. 

After hearing her music, I invited her to the States. She readily agreed, and I subsequently became her music director for sold-out concerts at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and in the United Nations. At the UN, her troupe of seventy dancers and singers joined my Symphony for United Nations orchestra in musical exchanges and performances. For that performance, I arranged, with difficulty (the Arabic musical scale is different from ours), the works in which our two groups collaborated. The international audience of diplomats, UN personnel, and invited VIPs applauded enthusiastically, for was not that what the UN was about? The Arab delegates beamed with pride.

Now let us fast-forward to the Jordanian military hut.

Seeing that we were acquainted with Fayrouz’s music, the soldier dropped his gun to the table, perked up, and in halting English, “You…like…Fayrouz?

We nodded our heads, yes.

The soldier had no idea I actually knew Fayrouz and had been her music director. It was enough that we liked her music. His face became wreathed in smiles. To put it in American vernacular, we immediately became soul brothers.

When the commander returned to the hut, the soldier spoke to him in Arabic, and now his formerly sour face was also transformed. He became friendly and cooperative, though he regretfully informed us that he could not reach an official in the palace and so had no authorization to let us continue that day.

But the moral of the story is clear; music had come to the rescue with its powers to cross the artificial barriers that keep peoples apart.

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    Penguin Group (USA)

Einstein's Violin

A Conductor's Notes on Music, Physics, and Social Change
Joseph Eger - Author
Einstein's Violin

  Joseph Eger's life is a testimony to the power of music. Among the most venerated classical conductors of his generation, Eger has discovered within music a universal language that not only unites people across cultures but also suggests something about the physical rules of life itself.

In Einstein's Violin, Eger distills more than half a century of personal experience and what it has taught him about how music is uncannily similar in its design to the concepts of "string theory" that have become overwhelming popular in today's theoretical physics. Eger deals with how music relates not only to the physical world but to the social one as well. He was among the first classical performers to see music as a force for change, leading him to cross enemy lines in the Middle East, to perform fusion concerts with rock stars including John Lennon, and to become a voice for social advocacy from the hearing rooms of the House Un-American Activities Committee to the stage of Harlem's Apollo Theater.

Eger's life is a tour through the music and science of the twentieth century. In Einstein's Violin, readers encounter intimate portraits of prominent figures such as Leonard Bernstein, David Bohm, and Albert Einstein. Eger also probes the origins of ancient music in the hands of the Hebrews, Egyptians, Hindus, ancient Chinese, and the schools of Pythagoras to plumb the sources of this unifying language of the universe.



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