Daniel Barenboim and His Project of Mutual Understanding: The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra “We are an orchestra against ignorance”

– Stasov

The great Israeli musician and peacemaker, Daniel Barenboim unites conflicting cultures in harmony and beauty.  Together with the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said, he formed the West-Eastern Divan orchestra.  It is made of young musicians from divided nations who are working toward the united goal of music making.
Barenboim does not expect to forge bonds of peace between these young Israeli and Arab artists, but instead creates an inspirational atmosphere of mutual commitment to music making.

Barenboim speaking about the orchestra:
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Young Israeli and Arab artists join forces in Beethoven:
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Anthony Tommasini’s NYT review of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s performance

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