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Finally … Peace in the Middle East … if all will follow the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra Path

February 9, 2013 Leave a comment

I was driving around suburban Denver look-alike streets conducting the orchestra with one dancing arm as I listened to Colorado Public Radio Feb 3 Carnegie Hall Live broadcast of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Being a fan of its music – infused with its mission of promoting peaceful co-existence in the ever-saddening Middle East – it was fun hearing the orchestra performing on the Big Stage. Acclaimed Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian-American scholar and activist the late Edward Said founded the Divan Orchestra 13 years ago to bring together musicians from the Israel and Arab world.

Bob Kinney Words

The mid-teens to mid-thirties musicians – sadly – can only be a touring orchestra because the bitter mood of the Mid-East precludes them from yet to play compelling music in their homeland and most other parts of the  Middle-East. Their early 2013 concerts in Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall and at Brown and Columbia universities marked only the second time the group has performed in the US.

Back home in Austin two evenings after that, the exemplary journalists of PBS News Hour had a moving feature story on the Divan Orchestra. Experience Mary Jo Brooks worthy journalism coupled with a few minutes of the orchestra’s powerful music –

on the PBS website page

 Bob Kinney Words

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