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Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
November 10, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
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.
This event is part of the 2018/19 Berkeley RADICAL programming initiative, Citizenship. Learn more and watch videos >