This multi-cultural piece explores world music using a unique and exciting format. Two side-by-side orchestras share one conductor, with one group performing traditional American songs and the other playing folk songs from the Middle East. A total of eight songs are presented as each section from the two orchestras is featured. As the piece unfolds, what emerges is not only a tapestry of beautiful music, but an intense commentary on the power of music to unite diverse cultures. Whether you split your orchestra in two or combine with another orchestra, Hemispheres is sure to educate your students and your audience. A suggested seating chart is included. Also playable by one orchestra in a traditional set-up.