NPR Music and WQXR present a special concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) and conductor Daniel Barenboim at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Watch the archived video below.
This eclectic chamber music program spans the Western classical tradition and the sounds of the Middle East. It's an entirely apt combination for this groundbreaking ensemble of young musicians, drawn together from Israel, Palestine and across the Arab world under the leadership of Barenboim, who founded the group in 1999 alongside his friend and frequent collaborator, the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said.
Only its second tour to America, this rare visit is part of the orchestra's ambitious "Beethoven for All" project, which took it to London this past summer to perform the complete Beethoven symphonies at the Proms, a feat it will be repeating at Carnegie Hall in the week following this performance. The orchestra's Feb. 3 performance of Beethoven's Second and Ninth Symphonies will be broadcast live as part of our ongoing "Carnegie Hall Live" series, in collaboration with NPR and American Public Media.
Pierre Boulez: Antheme I
— Michael Barenboim, violin
Kinan Azmeh: “Prayer, A Tribute to Edward Said”
— Kinan Azmeh, clarinet
Bartok: Contrasts, Second Movement: "Relaxation"
— Michael Barenboim, violin; Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Daniel Barenboim, piano
Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20
This concert takes place in collaboration with the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University.