With so many politicians debating America’s foreign policy, others may be wondering what they can do for international relations. For its part, Columbia’s music department has come up with a cool event to interact more with friends across the Atlantic. It is partnering with the Conservatoire National de Musique de Paris and the two Berlin Academies of Music to put together a series of concerts that will be held in Berlin, Paris, and New York this fall.

In each city, students and professors will work with graduate student composers on their original works, which will premier at the concerts. Professors will also travel between the various institutions to give lectures in the run-up to the concerts.

Maybe it’s just Friday optimism, but Bwog finds the cross-continental collaboration inspiring. The New York concert is scheduled for Saturday, November 1st (Election Day weekend), at Merkin Hall on West 67th. Admission will be free.