• Thursday, Dec 20, 2012

    Daniel Barenboim Conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven Symphony Cycle at Carnegie Hall, January 30–February 3 

    Featured Soloists Include Diana Damrau, Kate Lindsey, Piotr Beczala, and René Pape 
    Image of Daniel Barenboim © Monika Rittershaus
    From January 30 through February 3 in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, acclaimed conductor Daniel Barenboim leads a complete Beethoven symphony cycle over four concerts at Carnegie Hall, performed by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—the lauded ensemble of young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries that Mr. Barenboim co-founded in 1999 with his late friend, the Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said. The performances are part of the orchestra’s multi-year “Beethoven for All” tour, which seeks to take the composer’s message of common humanity to audiences around the world.

    Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said created the original West-Eastern Divan Orchestra workshop in 1999 with the aim of fostering intercultural exchange between Israelis and Arabs and creating an opportunity for them to work together on a matter of common interest: music making at the highest level. The founders named the orchestra and workshop after German scholar and author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems entitled West-Eastern Divan, which they considered to be a central work for the evolution of the concept of world culture.

    Over the years, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has matured into a world-class ensemble, performing at leading international concert halls and music festivals and releasing a number of critically acclaimed recordings. The orchestra made its New York debut at Carnegie Hall in 2006. Maestro Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan last performed the full Beethoven symphony cycle in July 2012 at London’s BBC Proms as part of the London 2012 Festival, the cultural celebrations of the Olympic Games. To coincide with the Proms appearances, Decca released a box set of Barenboim leading the orchestra in all nine symphonies, titled Beethoven for All: Symphonies 1-9. For a video of the orchestra’s Proms performance, click here. Launched in 2010 at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the orchestra’s “Beethoven for All” tour will have spanned four continents by 2013.

    The orchestra’s Carnegie Hall series begins on Wednesday, January 30 at 8:00 p.m. with Maestro Barenboim conducting Beethoven’s First, Eighth, and Fifth symphonies. The Third and Fourth symphonies follow on Thursday, January 31 at 8:00 p.m. On Saturday, February 2 at 8:00 p.m., the orchestra performs the Sixth and Seventh symphonies before concluding the cycle on Sunday, February 3 at 2:00 p.m., with the Second Symphony and the majestic Ninth Symphony, with soprano Diana Damrau, mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey, tenor Piotr Beczala, bass René Pape, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the direction of Joe Miller.

    The final concert on February 3 will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.


    About the Artists
    Daniel Barenboim is one of the most compelling figures in the music world today. As well as being renowned as a conductor and pianist, he is a noted author, lecturer, and intellectual whose work aims to foster an appreciation for music’s vital humanity in an increasingly interdependent world. Serving as Music Director of the Staatsoper Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, the maestro is also in great demand with leading orchestras and opera houses around the world. In 1999, he and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said co-founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries to perform music and promote reflection and mutual understanding. Barenboim’s prodigious career as a symphonic and operatic conductor and a solo and collaborative pianist has included more than 90 recordings, eight Grammy Awards, music directorships with the Orchestre de Paris and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, as well as frequent performances at the Bayreuth Festival. Born in Buenos Aires in 1942, Barenboim moved to Israel at the age of ten and presently holds citizenship in Argentina, Israel, Palestine, and Spain.

    In November 2012, Maestro Barenboim announced the formation of the Barenboim-Said Academy in Berlin, Germany, which will, upon its opening in 2015, translate the experience of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra into a permanent, year-round institution for young musicians from the Middle East, building on the legacy of Edward W. Said’s work. In addition to music instruction, students will receive a core curriculum in arts and humanities. Housed in a building adjacent to the Staatsoper, the Academy will feature a concert hall designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

    Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said in 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt—joined by a number of musicians from Iran, Turkey and Spain—to perform music and promote mutual understanding, non-violence, and reconciliation. The orchestra regularly appears at leading international music festivals and concert halls and has given historically unprecedented performances in Ramallah, in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and most recently at Castel Gandolfo at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI. Since Edward W. Said’s death in 2003, his widow Mariam C. Said has taken on an active role in the projects of the Barenboim-Said Foundation as Vice-President of its US branch in New York. Originally created at the invitation of the Kunstfest Weimar and now based in Seville, Spain, the orchestra derives its name from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems entitled “West-Eastern Divan,” a central work in the evolution of the concept of world culture. An Emmy Award-winning documentary titled “Knowledge is the Beginning” was made about the orchestra in 2006 (a clip is available here).

    Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has hailed the orchestra as "a source of inspiration and a model for the Middle East and the rest of the world," and Ban Ki-moon named Barenboim a UN Messenger of Peace for his work with the Divan.


    Program Information
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA

    Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21
    Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93
    Symphony No. 5 in C Minor, Op. 67

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Debs in support of the 2012-2013 season.
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    Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA

    Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, Op. 60
    Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 55, "Eroica"

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Linda and Earle S. Altman in support of the 2012-2013 season.
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    Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA

    Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, "Pastoral"
    Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92

    The Trustees of Carnegie Hall gratefully acknowledge the generosity of James Thurmond Smithgall in support of the 2012-2013 season.
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    Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
    WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA

    Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
    Diana Damrau, Soprano
    Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano
    Piotr Beczala, Tenor
    René Pape, Bass
    Westminster Symphonic Choir
    Joe Miller, Conductor

    ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
    Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36
    Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125

    Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    This concert is being broadcast live on Classical 105.9 FM WQXR, and streamed on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series. It is also broadcast on radio stations across the country, courtesy of American Public Media.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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