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Famed Jewish Conductor Establishes Youth Orchestra for Palestinians
Old 23rd August 2005
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This is a story that really caught my attention, (especially since I've only recently begun to change some of my rather conservative opinions on Palestinian/Israel relations .) We need a lot more of this. Music is our universal language, and it transcends all nationalities, religions, and politics. Hopefully the progress currently being made will continue and Palestinians will achieve their goal of a Palestinian State. I can only hope that once that goal becomes attainable, that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians will reject militants and the use of terrorism, and focus on co-existence in the future, rather than the destruction of Israel (which is what Hamas preaches unfortunately.) I do believe that once they're given the opportunity to be free, the majority of them will renounce terrorism and Hamas militants and focus on following Abbas's lead and the Palestinian Authority.

A more detailed version of the story below can be found at:
http://thedialogueproject.org/Featur...InRamallah.htm

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Originally Posted by www.guardian.co.uk- August 22nd, 2005
In a concert hall atop a dust-swept, sun-beaten hill yesterday afternoon, Daniel Barenboim (conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) was putting an orchestra through its paces.

One could forgive the players for being a little distracted: the concert hall in which they were rehearsing was the Cultural Palace in Ramallah, and the ensemble the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - the youth orchestra founded in 1998 by Barenboim and his close friend, the Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, consisting of musicians from Israel and Arab countries.

This was a historic day. Few had dared hope that the orchestra - which aims to foster dialogue and reconciliation through music - would succeed in performing in the West Bank. A similar attempt by the orchestra to play in Ramallah last year was abandoned because of security fears.

It is not every day that one sees a rehearsal being guarded by troops armed with semi-automatic weapons, but the atmosphere among the musicians was relaxed and excited.

To enter Ramallah, each musician was issued with a diplomatic passport by the Spanish government (the orchestra's summer training camps are based in Seville). "Believe me, the logistics of this concert are worth writing a book about," said Barenboim.

But, standing beneath the West Bank barrier on Saturday at Ramallah's Qalandiya checkpoint, he praised the governments involved. "We have had the utmost cooperation - and I'm not exactly shy; believe me, I would certainly take this opportunity to complain if I needed to."

Nabeel Abboud Ashkar, a 20-year-old Israeli-Arab born in Nazareth, said after the rehearsal: "It's incredibly exciting to be here. All along the idea of the orchestra was to play in Arab countries, and I hope now that it will fill its whole potential; and I hope we will play in Israel.

"It takes great courage for the Israelis to come to Ramallah, and finally get to see the reality of how the Palestinians live. It's a very symbolic and strong gesture."

Last night the concert hall filled up half an hour before the concert began, and then kept on filling.

In the end people were sitting three-deep in the aisles and standing at the sides and the back of the hall, even the great and the good of Ramallah reduced to a perch on the floor.

The first standing ovation came as Barenboim walked on stage. Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for oboe, horn, clarinet and bassoon was embarked upon to a chorus of clicking shutters.

After the final thunderous notes of a passionately committed performance of Beethoven's Fifth the next standing ovation lasted over five minutes, before the Palestinian information minister, Nabeel Shath, praised Barenboim as "a humanist and a peacemaker".

Finally, an emotional Barenboim stepped onto the platform. "It is our belief that the destinies of these two peoples, Israel and Palestine, are inextricably linked ... either we all kill each other or we share what there is to share. It is this message that we have come here to bring."

The final message of peace was brought not with speeches but with music, with, as an encore, Nimrod from Elgar's Enigma Variations.
Old 23rd August 2005
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glenn gould is my favourite, but d.b. would always be a close second - what he's
doing in this context is fantastic.....i bet it was a great night of music...




i'm surprised that more information from the human genome project hasn't been
brodcast in this arena - namely that we are 99% alike......


be well


- jack
Old 23rd August 2005
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Originally Posted by jordan19
Hopefully the progress currently being made will continue and Palestinians will achieve their goal of a Palestinian State. I can only hope that once that goal becomes attainable, that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians will reject militants and the use of terrorism, and focus on co-existence in the future, rather than the destruction of Israel (which is what Hamas preaches unfortunately.)

I think the death of Arafat could really be major turning point as well. He was helping lead the whole Palestinian society in a vicious cycle of hate and despair. Not helpful to have such a terrorist as your leader. Will the Palestinian leaders of the future move the people in the direction of peace and tolorance? Stranger things have happened.

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