MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

Michael Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble

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My story on Michael Barenboim and the new West-Eastern Divan Ensemble for Stanford Live. The Ensemble is an offshoot of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra his father, Daniel Barenboim, cofounded with Edward Said.

To mark the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra’s 20th-anniversary season, violinist Michael Barenboim is touring the United States with the newly formed West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, a chamber group of string players who will bring the organization’s cross-cultural vision to Stanford in March.

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Filed under: West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra

Divining Harmony: West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra at 20

Tonight and tomorrow, at Berlin’s Philharmonie, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra celebrates the 20th anniversary of its founding by Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said — with a program including guest soloists and longterm artistic collaborators Anne-Sophie Mutter and Yo-Yo Ma.

I was honored to be asked to write the notes for the Beethoven-Bruckner program.

Tune in at 8pm CET time for a livestream on Arte or on fidelio. The performance will also be available to view on arte between 23 and 30 October here (VPN might be needed, not sure).

Filed under: Anton Bruckner, Beethoven, Daniel Barenboim, West-Eastern Diwan Orchestra

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