UN / WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ENSEMBLE

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In an event, entitled “Equal in Music,” the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, performed Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat major, Opus 20 at UN Headquarters. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded in 1999 by the Israeli conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian author-scholar Edward Said. UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 23 FEBRUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY / RECENT

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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1.Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

23 FEBRUARY 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2.Various shots, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Barenboim, Concertmaster of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra:
“We have musicians that come from countries that are in conflict with each other in one way or another. And we show that by cooperating in a project such as this one, which is, you know, performing a string orchestra in this case, it's possible to bring together these people from conflicting States so that they're able to work together to, to and to this goal.”
4. Various shots, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Barenboim, Concertmaster of West-Eastern Divan Orchestra:
“I think that's showing an alternative model and alternative way of thinking for the Middle East region. Which is not based on arms, bombs, war, blood and conflict, but based on understanding and on dialog and on listening to the other. That's very important. When you play music, you play, but you also have to listen to the others.”
5. Various shots, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariam C. Said, Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA:
“The message I think that it sends to the world is that by living, by getting an education, by having a career, by having something in common with the people who are in the same field as you are, you are bound to overcome many, many hurdles. And the humanism is behind this idea of being open, being ready to listen to the others, to have various ideas.”
7. Various shots, West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performing

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In an event, entitled “Equal in Music,” the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble, performed Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet in E-flat major, Opus 20 at UN Headquarters. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was founded in 1999 by the Israeli conductor-pianist Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian author-scholar Edward Said.

Michael Barenboim, the son of Daniel Barenboim led the Ensemble’s performance today (23 Feb).

He said “we have musicians that come from countries that are in conflict with each other in one way or another. And we show that by cooperating in a project such as this one, which is, you know, performing a string orchestra in this case, it's possible to bring together these people from conflicting States so that they're able to work together to, to and to this goal.”

Barenboim added, “I think that's showing an alternative model and alternative way of thinking for the Middle East region. Which is not based on arms, bombs, war, blood and conflict, but based on understanding and on dialog and on listening to the other. That's very important. When you play music, you play, but you also have to listen to the others.”

Mariam C. Said, Vice President of the Barenboim-Said Foundation USA, also attended the event. She is the wife of the Palestinian author-scholar Edward Said.

She said, “The message I think that it sends to the world is that by living, by getting an education, by having a career, by having something in common with the people who are in the same field as you are, you are bound to overcome many, many hurdles. And the humanism is behind this idea of being open, being ready to listen to the others, to have various ideas.”

Founded in 1999, the orchestra’s origins lie in the conversations between its creators, Edward W. Said and Daniel Barenboim. Over the course of their friendship, the Palestinian author-scholar and Israeli conductor-pianist discussed ideas on music, culture, and humanity. In their exchanges, they realized the urgent need for an alternative way to address the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The opportunity to do so came when Barenboim and Said initiated a workshop for young musicians using their experience as a model. This evolved into the West Eastern Divan Orchestra that global audiences know today. The group is comprised of Arab and Israeli members, defying fierce political divides in the Middle East and globally. Through its work and existence, the orchestra demonstrates that bridges can be built to encourage people to listen to the narrative of the other.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was designated by SG Ban Ki-moon in 2016 as a United Nations Global Advocate for Cultural Understanding.
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