"Daniel Barenboim may be the biggest figure classical music possesses."—The Telegraph, London
the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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.
This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >
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.
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Program notes will be available approximately one week before the performance.