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Friday, 03 June 2011 06:38

Great music is the result of deep listening

Every player listening intently to the voice of the composer and to each other. Harmony in personal or international relations can also only exist by listening. Each party opening their ears to the other’s narrative or point of view.

In 1999, Edward Said and myself formed the West-Eastern Divan orchestra, composed of musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries. Countries where the open ear has been too often replaced by the unsheathed sword, to the detriment of all.

Now, over 10 years  later, we have hopefully achieved an orchestra that is worthy of your ear. And one which shows that people who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can achieve greater things.


West-Eastern Divan on the road again!

WEDO starts first of two concert tours with a festival in Doha, Qatar including concerts, film...

Edward W.Said

Edward W. Said was born in Jerusalem, raised in Jerusalem and Cairo, and educated in the United States, where he attended Princeton (B.A. 1957) and Harvard (M.A. 1960; Ph.D. 1964).

Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He received his first piano lessons from his mother at age five. Later, he studied under his father, who would remain his only piano teacher. At the age of seven he gave his first public concert in Buenos Aires.

Next Concerts

Friday 01 July 2011, 20:00

Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin

Staatsoper im Schiller Theater, Berlin
Igor Stravinsky, The Soldier’s tale

Wednesday 10 August 2011, 20:00

Seoul Arts Centre, Seoul

Ludwig van Beethoven:
Symphony No. 1 in C major op. 21
Symphony No. 8 F major op. 93
Symphony No. 5 C minor op. 76

Ahdaf Soueif to hold 2011 Edward Said Memorial Lecture at Columbia University

Renowned novelist and political and cultural commentator will comment upon the ongoing popular revolution in Egypt

New York, February 28, 2011 – The prestigious Edward Said Memorial Lecture at Columbia University will be held this year by the eminent woman of letters Ahdaf Soueif on March 28.

Born in Cairo and educated in Egypt and the UK, Soueif was present in person throughout much of the exciting developments on Cairo’s Tahrir Square and will share her “Notes from the Egyptian Revolution”.

While she is perhaps best known to a wider audience through her second novel The Map of Love (1999) which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, translated into 20 languages and sold over 1 million copies world-wide, she often engages with Palestinian themes in both her literary and her non-fiction work.

In 2008, she initiated PalFest (Palestine Festival of Literature), an annual event that aims to bring a cultural festival of international standard to audiences in Palestine to assert "the power of culture over the culture of power." The Festival travels throughout Palestine, staging events in several cities.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or registration necessary. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday 8 March 2011, 8:30pm

Altschul Auditorium, 417 International Affairs Building, Columbia University, New York





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