Cellist Karim Wasfi brings ‘spontaneous compositions’ to the 9/11 Museum

Celebrated cellist Karim Wasfi will perform inside the 9/11 Memorial and Museum’s auditorium on Thursday, October 17 from 7 to 8:30 pm. Wasfi is set to debut a site-specific piece, “Playing for Peace,” inspired by the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the attacks on September 11.

As the former conductor of the Iraqi Symphony Orchestra, Wasfi has gained international recognition for what he describes as “spontaneous compositions” performed at sites of terrorism around the world—e.g., playing in the streets of Baghdad at the sites of car bombings. “Those who can hate do not recognize beauty,” Wasft explains in the video below. “Those who can hate do not recognize beauty… so there is a responsibility on our shoulders to share with everyone the solid, concrete, basic foundation of good-doing and beauty, because it’s something that you can build upon.”

The event is free and RSVP is required. More details and tickets can be found here.

—Emma Fecko