January 14, 2013Join us for an intimate evening of music that spans both great Western and Middle Eastern music with members of an inspiring orchestra, led by one of classical music's most eminent artists.
How often do you get a chance to experience an evening of music with one of the world's greatest classical musicians and his proteges in the intimate and relaxed setting of a small New York nightclub?
On Jan. 29th, you'll have that chance when NPR Music, New York's WQXR and (Le) Poisson Rouge, working in collaboration with the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University, present members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) and conductor Daniel Barenboim in a live video webcast of a music-filled evening spanning both the Western classical tradition and the sounds of the Middle East. It's an entirely apt combination for this groundbreaking ensemble of young musicians drawn together from Israel, Palestine and across the Arab world under the leadership of Barenboim, who founded the group in 1999 alongside his dear friend and frequent collaborator, the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward W. Said.
The orchestra is making a rare tour to the United States as part of its ambitious "Beethoven for All" project, which took it to London last summer to perform the complete Beethoven symphonies at the Proms, a feat that they'll be repeating at Carnegie Hall in the week following this performance. In fact, their Feb. 3 performance of Beethoven's Second and Ninth Symphonies will be available in a live audio webcast as part of our ongoing "Carnegie Hall Live" series, in collaboration with WQXR and American Public Media.