"Daniel Barenboim may be the biggest figure classical music possesses."

The Telegraph, London

Orchestra & Chamber Music
Daniel Barenboim and
the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, conductor

Kian Soltani, cello
Miriam Manasherov, viola

A not-to-be-missed season highlight! One of the towering figures of classical music leads a stellar international ensemble in its Berkeley debut. Daniel Barenboim, revered pianist, conductor, activist, author, and director of the Berlin State Opera and the Staatskapelle Berlin, has had close ties with the music world's most august institutions over his 60-year career, from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Teatro alla Scala. In this rare Bay Area appearance, Barenboim visits with one of his proudest accomplishments, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded nearly 20 years ago with Palestinian scholar Edward Said as a model for cooperation across the political and religious divides of the Middle East. The Arab and Israeli musicians in the orchestra span generations and geopolitical boundaries and have been praised for the vitality of their performances.

Don Quixote
Symphony No. 5

This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >

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Within and Without
Addressing Citizenship through Artistic Engagement
by Thomas May

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On April 1, CBS' 60 Minutes reported on the extraordinary work of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—Israeli, Palestinian, and other Arab musicians performing together under the guidance of Daniel Barenboim—and the philosophy of Equal in Music. If you missed the broadcast, watch the segment online.

Related Events

Post-performance Talk
Sat, Nov 10, 2018, 5pm
Zellerbach Hall
With conductor Daniel Barenboim and former Cal Performances executive and artistic director Matías Tarnopolsky. A 2018/19 Season Berkeley RADICAL Citizenship event. Free to ticket holders.

Major support for public programs provided by Bank of America.

Donor Benefits

Donor Event: Pre-Performance Reception
Sat, Nov 10, 2pm
Bear's Lair Tavern (Next door to Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus)
(Donors of $1500+)
In anticipation of Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s historic performance, we have planned a gathering of friends to toast this remarkable occasion.

As so many of our loyal Producer's Circle donors are attending the performance we are not able to accommodate an intermission reception on the mezzanine level of Zellerbach Hall, and instead invite you to join us before the concert at the Bear's Lair Tavern.

Membership benefits like these are our way of thanking our supporters for their much needed contributions. To find out how you can become a Donor, please call 510.643.8783 or visit our Support section.

Mt. Beautiful wines generously donated by Leigh Teece in appreciation of Cal Performances' education outreach.

Donor Parking
As a service to our donors at the $750 level and above, we offer the opportunity to reserve parking for our performances. Reserve parking online 5 business days or more in advance of the performance, or by contacting Cal Performances' Development Department at 510.642.8653 or email donate@calperformances.org.

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Additional information regarding donor parking benefits can be found on our Donor Services/Parking page.

Program Notes

Program notes are available online. [PDF]