[Marxism] Live from Ramallah: The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim
l.willms at jpberlin.de
Sat Aug 20 16:38:00 MDT 2005
Note this for Sunday, August 21, 2005, 19:00 h Central European
Summer Time (i.e. 17:00 h UTC)[*]:
Those who can receive the Franco-German TV program ARTE via cable
or satellite can follow the first performance of the West-Eastern
Divan orchestra in Ramallah, Palestine.
This orchestra is composed by young musicians from the "Middle
East", Jews and Arabs from Israel, the occupied Palestinian
territories, Libanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt.
They came together in 1999 in Weimar, on the initiative of the two
great friends Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said. This was part of the
special programmes on occasion of Weimar being the Euorpean cultural
capital in 1999. Weimar is that city in the German federal state of
Thüringen, not far from Jena and Erfurt, where Schiller and Goethe
lived and worked and where Goethe wrote his "West-Eastern Divan" which
gave the name to the orchestra.
Young people from both sides of the wall, the checkpoints and the
barbed wire come together and share their passion for music, becoming
one, and transforming themselves in the process.
They already gave concerts in various European countries, and in
Morocco. Today they will perform for the first time in the occupied
palestinian territories, in Ramallah.
For Edward Said, who also was a musician, this was the most
important in his life, reported Barenboim. Unfortunately, Edward Said
died in September 2003, so that Barenboim, the Argentinian Jewish boy,
who in 1952, at the age of 10 years, moved with his parents to Israel,
and later became a concert pianist and one of the worlds most famous
conductors, has to shoulder the leadership of this East-Western divan
I'm looking forward to a unique experience with him and his very
special orchestra on Sunday evening.
We will listen to Beethoven's 5th symphony and Mozart's 'sinfonia
The concert is also carried live by "Deutschlandradio Kultur" and
by France Inter. France Inter can also be listened directly via
On the TV programme, see
<http://www.arte-tv.com/de/kunst-musik/948334.html> in German
Click "français" somewhere upper left corner for a French version.
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