19 August 2018, 7:00 pm
For almost 20 years, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said, has been known throughout the music world as a global ambassador for cultural understanding. The young artists from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Iran, and other Middle Eastern and North-African countries bring to the table a willingness not only to engage for the sake of music, but to develop an open ear for the experiences and perspectives of their colleagues, through conversation and discussion. As in previous years, one highlight of the annual summer tour is their performance at Berlin’s Waldbühne, where the unique atmosphere and enthusiastic audience provide an especially appropriate background for this orchestra’s joyful playing.
The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is joined this time by an artist who has worked closely with Daniel Barenboim for a number of years: the violinist Lisa Batiashvili. She will perform the Violin Concerto by Johannes Brahms, one of the central works of the Romantic repertoire, which harbors equal challenges for the orchestra and the soloist. The first encounter of this exceptional artist and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra promises to be an intriguing and compelling instance of musical collaboration.
The program is completed by two of the most famous compositions by Claude Debussy, who died 100 years ago. Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, perhaps his most popular work of all, rose to fame far beyond the concert hall when it was used by the legendary Ballets Russes, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky. In the symphonic poem La Mer, Debussy’s music captures nothing less than the character of the sea itself. The highly atmospheric score, which coaxes a wealth of colors from the orchestra, is a perfect fit for the summer atmosphere of an August night at Berlin’s Waldbühne.
Tickets for the Waldbühnenkonzert 2018
Tickets 25 – 75 Euro
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