Carnegie Hall Presents

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim brings this group of Israeli, Palestinian, and other Arab musicians to Carnegie Hall with a complete cycle of Beethoven’s symphonies. Buy all four concerts and save 20% off the price of single tickets.

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 1
Symphony No. 8
Symphony No. 5
Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony begins with some of the most memorable and awe-inspiring notes in music history. It’s bold music, perfect for this fearless group of young Arab and Israeli musicians dedicated to making great music as a matter of common interest. The sprightly First and the Eighth complete the concert—the first night of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's complete Beethoven symphony cycle.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 (Allegro con brio)

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West Eastern Divan Orchestra | Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor
Warner Classics

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Thursday, January 31, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
For co-founder Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra—made up of both Arab and Israeli musicians—is proof “that people who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can achieve greater things.” Completing a Beethoven symphony cycle in under a week is a mighty feat, and Barenboim and the orchestra continue here with the Fourth and the mighty “Eroica.”

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 3, "Eroica" (Finale. Allegro molto)

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Staatskapelle Berlin | Daniel Barenboim, Conductor
Teldec Classics

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Saturday, February 2, 2013 | 8 PM

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim, Music Director and Conductor

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral"
Symphony No. 7
This orchestra of Israeli and Arab musicians continues its Beethoven cycle with the Seventh Symphony, a work that runs the emotional gamut from deepest despair to triumphant joy. Also on the program is the “Pastoral” Sixth. With a bucolic “Scene by the Brook” and rousing storm music—made famous as Zeus’s “thunderbolt” music in Fantasia—this tuneful, evocative symphony will have you longing for a springtime trip to the country.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, "Pastoral" ("Merry gathering of the country folk")

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BBC Symphony Orchestra | Arturo Toscanini, Conductor
EMI Classics

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Sunday, February 3, 2013 | 2 PM

Performers

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

Program

ALL-BEETHOVEN PROGRAM
Symphony No. 2
Symphony No. 9
As one of its members aptly puts it, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is “a human laboratory that can express to the whole world how to cope with each other.” Established in 1999 as a workshop for young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries, the group is celebrated for its interpretations of Beethoven, which exude “youthful gusto and enthusiasm” (The Independent, London). On this program, it performs Beethoven’s symphonies nos. 2 and 9.

Listen

Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 (Presto)

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Warner Classics