Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to open dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian musicians.
Under Barenboim’s leadership, the ensemble goes from strength to strength, delivering performances as profound as the philosophy behind its formation.
Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.5 certainly demands such insight. Throughout the work, Tchaikovsky charts what he called ‘the inscrutable designs of Providence’, played out as a tussle between despair and hope.
Inspired by the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Strauss retells on Quixote in music of ravishing beauty. The eponymous central character is represented by the solo cello, performed by exciting young Iranian cellist Kian Soltani.
October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of cellist Jacqueline du Pré, whose life was so intertwined with Daniel Barenboim’s.
She was 42 and had multiple sclerosis (MS).
Proceeds from this tribute concert go to the Jacqueline du Pré Tribute Fund as part of the MS Society’s Stop MS Appeal to raise funds for groundbreaking research. Through fundraising and generous donations the charity aims to revolutionise treatment and ultimately transform the lives of people affected by MS. To find out more about the appeal, and to bid on some select silent auction items, see below.
PerformersWest-Eastern Divan Orchestra
RepertoireR Strauss: Don Quixote
Please note start time of 6.30pm on Saturday 28 October
Please note start time of 2pm on Sunday 29 October