"Listen to the other": Divan orchestra honoured by UN

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Maestro Daniel Barenboim, pianist and conductor and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra during a concert in Geneva in 2015. UN File Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A ground-breaking orchestra which unites Israeli and Arab musicians "has learned to listen to the other" and play together as one, despite their cultural differences.

That's the key lesson of the success of the West-East Divan Orchestra, according to its world-renowned conductor, and concert pianist, Daniel Barenboim.

He was speaking at a ceremony in which the unique orchestra he co-founded was designated a UN Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding.

Matthew Wells has the story.

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