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  • January 2014 concerts announced
    Photo © Monika Ritterhaus

West-Eastern Divan reunites for concerts in Spain this January

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.

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  • Weizmann Institute awards Barenboim honorary doctorate
    © Uwe Arens / DG
  • Weizmann Institute awards Barenboim honorary doctorate
  • Weizmann Institute awards Barenboim honorary doctorate
    © Decca / Ben Ealovega

Weizmann Institute in Israel awards Daniel Barenboim honorary doctorate

The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel awarded Daniel Barenboim with an honorary doctorate on 4 November, 2013.

I am deeply grateful to all the members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Israelis, Palestinians and other Arabs, for participating with me in this unique adventure that defies all accepted norms of political thinking and is willing to spare itself no effort in order to achieve the highest degree of musical excellence paired with the acceptance and participation of the other.

Read the full text of Barenboim’s keynote address.

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  • Barenboim to receive Freedom Award
    © Felix Broede
  • Barenboim to receive Freedom Award
    Guy Braunstein © Ofer Plesser
  • Barenboim to receive Freedom Award
    Saleem Abboud Ashkar © Peter Rigaud

Daniel Barenboim to be honored with Freedom Award of Freie Universität

Pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim, co-founder of the West-Eastern Divan, will receive the Freedom Award of Freie Universität Berlin in an October 23, 2013 ceremony that will include performances by two former members of the West-Eastern Divan: Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein (former concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic) and Israeli-Palestinian pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar. The Freedom Award honors persons who have advanced freedom in a political, social, or academic context.

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  • Remembering Edward Said
    Photo courtesy of Mariam Said

Remembering Edward Said

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  • 2014 Waldbühne Concert
    Photo © Manuel Vaca

2014 Waldbühne Concert:

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s annual concert at the Waldbühne Berlin will take place 24 August, 2014.

Orchestra co-founder Daniel Barenboim will lead the orchestra in a program comprising Mozart’s overture to Le nozze di Figaro and Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra No.10 in E-flat Major, KV 365. The Orchestra and Barenboim will also perform Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro.

Reserve your place now.

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  • In performance online: Opéra de Marseille

In performance online: Opéra de Marseille

Captured in a live performance at the Opéra de Marseille on 13 August, 2013, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s concert of Verdi’s overtures to Les vêpres siciliennes and La forza del destino, as well as the composer’s preludes to Acts I and III of La traviata and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is available for streaming through February 24 on France TV’s Culturebox. Enjoy the concert here.

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  • Composer’s preface: At the Fringe of Our Gaze
    Photo: Schott Promotion / Astrid Ackermann

Composer's preface: At the Fringe of Our Gaze

In order to bring the orchestra into my world I decided to start from MUSIC, or what we usually think about as MUSIC, with melodies, harmonies, counterpoint, etc., and then gradually stop the MUSIC, peelings its layers away so that one suddenly faces what is underneath the MUSIC, what is the undercurrent moving in the air on which “music” rides, which is where my music really starts.

In this sense, the piece is really trying to make the foreign familiar.

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  • Live broadcasts August 12 & 13 from Marseille, 2013 European Capital of Culture
    Parc du Château de Florans
  • Live broadcasts August 12 & 13 from Marseille, 2013 European Capital of Culture
    La Alhambra

Live concert broadcasts August 12 & 13 from Marseille, 2013 European Capital of Culture

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  • 2013 Summer Tour & Workshop
    Photo Monika Ritterhaus

2013 Summer Tour & Workshop

This August the musicians of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will come together for their annual summer workshop in Spain and their 2013 European tour, giving 12 concerts in ten cities across Spain, France, Switzerland, Austria, and Germany under the baton of their co-founder Daniel Barenboim.

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  • Beethoven for All races up the German charts
    Photo by Darrin Higgins.

Beethoven for All races up the German charts Beethoven para todas las carreras hasta las listas alemanas בטהובן לכל הגזעים עד במצעד הגרמני بيتهوفن لجميع الأجناس حتى المخططات الألمانية

The WEDO’s 5 CD box jumps the number two slot as a new entry.

Caja de CD de la WEDO 5 salta el puesto número dos como una nueva entrada.

תיבת התקליטורים של WEDO 5 קופצת מספר חריץ שתיים כערך חדש.

5 مربع مؤتمر نزع السلاح ليدو في يقفز عدد اثنين من فتحة كإدخال جديد.

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