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The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble
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Performance Today - January 30, 2024

The West-Eastern Divan Ensemble includes talented young players from Israel and Arab countries. They're a musical ensemble, but they're also a project of cultural diplomacy. Divan founder Daniel Barenboim says, "[In the face of recent violence] ...our message of peace must be louder than ever." Hear their story and a highlight from their recent U.S. tour on today's show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Valerie Coleman: Afro-Cuban Concerto: Afro
Imani Winds
Album: The Classical Underground
Koch 7599

Nathalie Joachim: Seen
Imani Winds
Chamber Music Northwest, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR

Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata No. 7 in B-flat Major, Op. 83
Clayton Stephenson, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, TCU Van Cliburn Concert Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Maurice Ravel: La Valse
The Orchestra Now | Naomi Woo, conductor
Bard College and The Orchestra Now, Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Hour 2

Paul Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: March
Kansas City Symphony | Michael Stern, conductor
Album: Miraculous Metamorphoses: Hindemith, Prokofiev, Bartok

Paul Hindemith: Trauermusik
West-Eastern Divan Ensemble | Michael Barenboim, conductor
University of Georgia Performing Arts Center, Hodgson Concert Hall, UGA Performing Arts Center, Athens, GA

Albert Roussel: Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43, Suite No. 2
WDR Symphony Orchestra | Stephane Deneve, conductor
Philharmonie, Cologne, Germany

Joaquin Turina: Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67
Hyeyeon Park, piano | Bella Hristova, violin | Matthew Lipman, viola | Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute, Spieker Center for the Arts, Menlo Park, CA

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