Bridge to peace through music

Music, it is often said, has the power to transcend cultural differences. Five musicians and a dancer will put that theory into action in three Middle East peace concerts. Performers include Iraqi-Israeli oudist and violinist Yair Dalal, Jordanian-Palestinian musician and singer Naser Musa, Israeli-American dance artist Miriam Peretz (pictured), Iranian composer, santoorist and singer Hamid Saeidi, and Israeli singer and percussionist Dror Sinai. The Oct. 27 concert is sponsored by Temple Sinai of Oakland, the Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation, the Graduate Theological Union and Congregation Netivot Shalom of Berkeley.

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at Koret Pavillion, 564 Lane A, Stanford University. $10, students free. Also 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St., Oakland. $15-$25. And 7:30 pm. Sunday, Oct. 28 at First Congregational Church, 900 High St., Santa Cruz. $15-$25.


Oneg Shemesh Band. Folk, rock, Jewish music. At Chabad of Greater Sacramento, 945 Evelyn Lane, Sacramento. 3 p.m. Free.

Ben Sidran. Host of NPR’s “Jazz Alive” and author of “There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream” discusses the development of American popular music and performs selected classic American songs. At Osher Marin JCC, 200 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. Also Oct. 23 at Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. $10-$15.