The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will tour Spain and France in January 2015. Discover programs & learn more and purchasing tickets here.
The January performances begin on January 16, 2015 at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba, where the Divan, led by co-founder Daniel Barenboim, present a program comprising Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Pierre Boulez’s Dérive II, and selected works by Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro. The orchestra takes this program to Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música the following day on January 17. In Sevilla at the Teatro de la Maestranza on January 18, the Divan performs an all-Mozart program, which includes the Austrian composer’s overture to Le nozze di Figaro, Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra KV 314, and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat Major, KV 595. To round out their tour, the Divan appears at the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris on January 19, when they reprise their program of works by Debussy, Boulez, and Ravel.
Founded by Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim in 1999 as an experiment in coexistence, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt – joined by a number of musicians from Iran, Turkey and Spain – to perform music and promote mutual understanding, non-violence and reconciliation. Originally created at the invitation of the Kunstfest Weimar and now based in Seville, Spain, the orchestra derives its name from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems titled West-Eastern Divan, a central work in the evolution of the concept of world culture.