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  • Barenboim-Said Akademie’s Pierre Boulez Saal announces inaugural season

Barenboim-Said Akademie's Pierre Boulez Saal announces inaugural season

The Pierre Boulez Saal, the public face of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, announces its inaugural season today.

“We want to bring you close to extraordinary music of many different kinds, performed by some of today’s finest musicians,” say Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim and Boulez Saal Founder and Director Ole Bækhøj. “And we want to do this in an intimate setting that will allow you to listen closely–a place where contemporary music thrives and naturally co-exists with the Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century repertoire, where world premieres will share the stage with Arab music, jazz, lectures and more.”

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  • Divan Orchestra embarks on European tour
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Divan Orchestra embarks on European tour

This August, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra embarks on a four-city, six-concert tour across Europe following their annual residency at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires. Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim leads the orchestra and pianist Martha Argerich is the featured guest soloist.

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  • Secretary-General designates West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding

Secretary-General designates West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today designated the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding. The designation took place at an event at the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), attended by the Secretary-General and Daniel Barenboim, the Orchestra’s co-founder and a UN Messenger of Peace.

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  • Orchestra of Mideast Musicians Builds Bridges for Peace

Orchestra of Mideast Musicians Builds Bridges for Peace

“It is not easy to come face to face with human beings you normally grow up viewing or thinking of as your enemy,” [Palestine born violinist Tyme] Khleifi said. “Just confronting that and reckoning with it and coming to terms with it is a huge thing, and so that is why actually every member of the orchestra, the people who decide to come back, are very courageous for doing so and for making that decision.”

Another member of the orchestra, Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein, said it is naive to think music can bring peace, but he said it can break down barriers among communities.

“The acceptance of what we do with the instruments is important,” he said. “It should be escorted by the acceptance that we are equal, with and without the instruments.”

Read the article by The Voice of America.

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  • Barenboim-Said Foundation Seeks Music Theory Teacher

Barenboim-Said Foundation Seeks Music Theory Teacher

The Barenboim-Said Foundation seeks an accomplished teacher to teach Music Theory to children and youth in the Palestinian Territories. The applicant shall give individual and group music theory lessons starting at beginner level to children and youth. The applicant shall cooperate with the instrumental teachers and be ready to provide a curriculum for music theory. The applicant shall prepare yearly exams and participate in student evaluation and meetings. The applicant shall support the students and the school in development towards excellence in music. The applicant shall be motivated and flexible.

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  • Co-Founder Daniel Barenboim Awarded “Golden Victoria 2015”

Co-Founder Daniel Barenboim Awarded "Golden Victoria 2015"

On November 2, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra co-founder Daniel Barenboim was honored by the German Magazine Publishers association with the “Golden Victoria 2015” for his life’s work. With this prize, the association values Barenboim’s musical work as well as his unique commitment to international understanding, in particular his work towards the reconciliation and mutual understanding between Israelis and Arabs through the language of music.

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