West Eastern Divan Orchestra

September 25 to 28


From September 25 to 28, Stingray Brava celebrates the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra featuring young Palestinian, Syrian, Israeli, Egyptian, Lebanese, Jordanian, and Iranian musicians! Founded in 1999 by maestro Daniel Barenboim, he dedicated himself to bring music as a solution for world peace, aiming to make way for a peaceful and fair solution for the Arab–Israeli conflict. Get to know the orchestra in the four brand-new broadcasts, like documentary Music Across All Borders, various live concert performances and the complete cycle of world-changing symphonies by Beethoven!

Tuesday, September 25 at 21:00 CEST | The Marseille Concert

Music as a language of peace is the vision unifying the young musicians in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, who hail from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Europe. They perform side by side in the orchestra formed in 1999 by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, which has taken on the complex challenge of performing music to promote peace. From the Festival International de Piano La Roque d'Anthéron, recorded at the Opéra de Marseille, Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to I vespri siciliani, Preludes to La Traviata Acts I & III, and Overture to La forza del destino, Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and excerpts of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1.

Wednesday, September 26 at 14:00 CEST | Music Across all Borders

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has left an indelible mark on the 2007 edition of the Salzburg Festival. The symphonic concerts presented at the Großes Festspielhaus, the Mozarteumm chamber music concerts and the listening workshops in the Great University Hall under the direction of Daniel Barenboim were all highlights of this politically ambitious project that began in 1999 as a chamber music workshop. The Music Across All Borders documentary features musicians in rehearsal, political issues, and even excerpts from the legendary soccer match between the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Wiener Philharmoniker. The sold-out West-Eastern Divan Orchestra concert at the Berlin Philharmonic is the grand finale of this captivating documentary.

Thursday, September 27 at 21:00 CEST | Nine Symphonies That Changed the World

Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is composed of young musicians from Israel, Palestine, several other Arab countries, and Spain. The musicians band together at least once a year to rehearse and perform on stage, where their shared love of music crosses national, ethnic, and religious boundaries. For three years, Daniel Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed a world tour to present all nine of Beethoven's symphonies. Director Michael Waldman captured the orchestral rehearsals in Spain and his stint in South Korea and China to produce this unique and captivating documentary that presents memorable musical moments, punctuated by the reflections of the young musicians on Beethoven ... and on maestro Barenboim.

Friday, September 28 at 21:00 CEST  | West Eastern Divan Orchestra Live from Geneva

To transcend the political and ideological divides between their respective countries, Daniel Barenboim, an Argentinian Jew and Israel's most famous pianist and conductor, and Edward Said, a Palestinian philosopher and Christian, created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an ensemble of young musicians between the ages of 13 and 26 who have as many Israelis as there are Arabs. Despite this great symbolism, the objectives and ambitions of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra are first and foremost musical: the political divisions of the Middle East are setting aside the time of the union of these young musical talents which speaks volumes about the power of cultural interaction. This performance delivered to Victoria Hall in Geneva features two famous masterpieces: Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5. The concert ends with the Sad Waltz of Sibelius and the opening of La Forza del Destino of Verdi.