Great music is the result of deep listening
Every player listening intently to the voice of the composer and to each other. Harmony in personal or international relations can also only exist by listening. Each party opening their ears to the other’s narrative or point of view.
In 1999, Edward Said and myself formed the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, composed of musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries. Countries where the open ear has been too often replaced by the unsheathed sword, to the detriment of all.
Now, over 10 years later, we have hopefully achieved an orchestra that is worthy of your ear. And one which shows that people who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can achieve greater things.
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Monday 12 August 2013, 21:00
La Roque-d’Anthéron, Parc du Château de Florans
Prelude to "Parsifal"
Chamber Concerto for Piano and Violin with 13 Wind Instruments
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 7 in A major op. 92
Tuesday 13 August 2013, 19:00
Marseille, Opéra de Marseille
Prelude from Act 1 and 3 "La Traviata"
Ouverture from "La forza del destino"
Ouverture from "Les Véspres siciliennes"
Symphony fantastique op. 14
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Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964).
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He received his first piano lessons from his mother at age five. Later, he studied under his father, who would remain his only piano teacher. At the age of seven he gave his first public concert in Buenos Aires.