Santa Barbara Debut
Michael Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble
$40 / $9 UCSB students
Schubert: Rondo in A Major, D. 438
Benjamin Attahir: Newly-commissioned work TBA
Mendelssohn: String Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20
No fine words were necessary, no heartfelt plea for peace… Young Israelis and Arabs joined… in a musical expression of solidarity.
— The Guardian (U.K.)
Formed in honor of its parent orchestra’s 20th year, the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble draws upon the orchestra’s highly-praised artistry in an intimate chamber formation. The orchestra, founded by renowned conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian scholar/author Edward Said, brings together outstanding young Palestinian and Israeli musicians in a collaboration that supersedes national and cultural boundaries. The ensemble, created by violinist and concertmaster Michael Barenboim (Daniel’s son) extends the orchestra’s youthful energy, unique personality and profound message – “Equal in Music” – to a diverse program of works by Schubert and Mendelssohn and a recent composition by contemporary French composer Benjamin Attahir, who draws inspiration from both the West and East.