In anticipation of his and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s residency at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires next month, Daniel Barenboim spoke with Clarín about the upcoming concerts with Martha Argerich, comedy troupe Les Luthiers, and many others.
We are deeply saddened and concerned by the news reaching us from Israel/Palestine and share the worries of our members. During these trying times, we must stress the importance of the art of listening. Listening skills are learnt and perfected by playing in the orchestra. We must remember how important it is to apply what we learn on stage to other aspects of our lives as well. To quote Schopenhauer, “Nothing will bring us back to the path of justice so readily as the mental picture of the trouble, grief, and lamentation of the loser.” In this conflict, both sides are losers. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a community that is built on trust, respect, empathy, and a culture of listening and understanding. These values are the core of our work together. That is why the Divan is a beacon of hope for all.
Daniel Barenboim & Mariam C. Said
Summer workshop & tour celebrates Divan at 15 with Buenos Aires residency, European festivals and world premieres
In less than one month, the members of the West-Eastern Divan reunite in Buenos Aires for a residency at the city’s iconic Teatro Colón, the first of five cities the orchestra travels to on their 2014 summer tour. In addition to their annual workshop, which this year takes place in the Argentinian capital, the West-Eastern Divan performs at the Teatro Colón in a series of concerts–highlighted this season by esteemed guest artists and two world premieres–before setting out to the Lucerne Festival, BBC Proms, and Salzburg Festival. The Divan’s summer tour culminates once again at the Waldbühne Berlin, which hosts their spectacular concert on August 24.
Founded 15 years ago in 1999 by pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian author/scholar Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is comprised of musicians from Palestine, Israel, and other Arab countries – as well as musicians from Spain and Germany. In joining together to perform, the orchestra reaffirms its commitment to promote mutual understanding, non-violence, and reconciliation through music.
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Join the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and Daniel Barenboim for this summer’s Waldbühne Berlin concert, the finale to their 2014 tour. The open-air concert sees Barenboim conducting and soloing with the Divan in Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat Major, KV 595. The Divan also perform Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro. Purchase tickets here.
While the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra currently has no vacancies for summer 2014, we invite interested musicians to submit recent audio and visual recordings as audition material. Applicants will be contacted directly in the case of cancellations or immediate vacancies. All materials will be kept on file for consideration for the 2015 workshop and tour.
Renowned Palestinian lawyer and writer Raja Shehadeh delivered this year’s Edward Said Memorial Lecture titled “Is There a Language of Peace?” earlier this spring at the British Museum and last fall at Columbia University, where the West-Eastern Divan co-founder held the preeminent position of University Professor of English and Comparative Literature. The London lecture is now available to listen to streaming online.
A new episode of the Voices of the Divan video Q & A series. Click “Read More” to watch.
A new, unique music academy is taking shape in Berlin: Starting in the fall of 2016, gifted young students will embark upon a new course of study. In addition to musical instruction, the Barenboim-Said Akademie will include a core curriculum in music and the history of thought. The pedagogic and musical leadership will be provided by Daniel Barenboim. The renovation of the former stage depot of the Berlin State Opera on Französische Straße began today, May 6, 2014.
The idea of the Academy is deeply rooted in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded in Weimar in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian-American academic and critic Edward W. Said.
The ensemble consists of equal numbers of young Israeli and Arab musicians who, through their shared music making, individually advocate for peaceful coexistence. “Perhaps the Academy is best understood as an unusual attempt to further, through the means of music and thought, a kind of human development that leads to mutual understanding“, said the Academy’s founder Daniel Barenboim in Berlin on the occasion of the Academy’s groundbreaking.
This summer the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will premiere and tour two new commissions: Ramal for orchestra by Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom, and Resonating Sounds for large orchestra by Israeli composer Ayal Adler. Both composers introduce their works in program notes reprinted here for you to read.
As part of their 2014 summer tour, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will return to the BBC Proms, the British Festival announced today. On August 20, 2014 at Royal Albert Hall, the Divan, led by Daniel Barenboim, performs a concert featuring the UK premieres of Kareem Roustom’s Ramal and Ayal Adler’s Resonating Sounds — two works specially commissioned for this year’s tour. Mozart’s Overture to Le nozze di Figaro opens the program, which also includes Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro. Reserve tickets here.
This summer the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performs Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde (Act II, Prelude & Liebestod) in a series of concerts at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires and on tour at major European festivals. The following is an edited conversation about Wagner between the Divan’s co-founders Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim at Columbia University. The conversation appears in full in the Summer 1998 issue of Raritan, a quarterly publication of Rutgers University.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will return to Berlin once again this summer for their annual Waldbühnenkonzert, a magnificent open-air performance that marks the orchestra’s 15th anniversary. This year’s forest stage concert opens with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 27, KV 595, featuring Divan co-founder Daniel Barenboim as conductor and soloist. Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro close out the performance.
2014 Summer Workshop & Tour highlighted by Buenos Aires residency, European tour, and world premieres
The musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will come together this August for their annual workshop & summer concerts: a residency at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, a tour to major music festivals in Europe, Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde in concert (Act II and Liebestod), and the world premiere performances of two new works by Syrian-born composer Kareem Roustom and Israeli composer Ayal Adler.
Founded in 1999 by pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim and the Palestinian author/scholar Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is comprised of musicians from Palestine, Israel, and other Arab countries – as well as musicians from Spain and Germany.
In joining together to perform, the orchestra reaffirms its commitment to promote mutual understanding, non-violence, and reconciliation through music.
Continuing on Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority’s (TCA Abu Dhabi) Encounters between East and West performances that commenced with a celebration of Richard Wagner in December, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will debut will debut in the UAE on 23 January 2014 at Emirates Palace.
This month the musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra reunite for concerts led by Daniel Barenboim in Seville (January 19) and Cádiz (January 21). Their first performance together this year takes place on January 19, when the Divan co-founder conducts the Orchestra in a performance of the Second Act of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro de la Maestranza. Two days later in Cádiz, Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan perform Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra at the city’s Gran Teatro Falla. The January 21 concert commemorates the ensemble’s co-founder, the late Palestinian author and scholar Edward Said, who passed away ten years ago.
On December 1, Daniel Barenboim was awarded the Marion Dönhoff Prize, awarded annually to individuals who foster international relations through cultural initiatives. Barenboim was chosen as the 2013 recipient for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he founded in 1999 with Edward Said.