Posted by on May 03, 2011 in Blog

Renowned Israeli composer and Pro-peace activist, Daniel Barenboim will conduct a "peace concert" in Gaza Tuesday. Barendoim said his concert is not politically motivated, and is just an effort "to try and bring something to the people of Gaza," JTA reported. Barenboim, a citizen of Israel, has been restricted under Israeli law from entering Gaza as Israel does not allow its citizens to travel to the strip. According to AFP, Barendoim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra will enter Gaza through the newly re-opened Rafah crossing with Egypt.

The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra:

A project of the Barenboim-Said Foundation, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra is a Sevilla-based orchestra of young Arab and Jewish musicians, which grew out of the friendship between renowned pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Columbia University Professor Edward W. Said. Begun as a 1999 workshop in Weimar for young musicians from Israel and various Arab countries, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra was formed to combine musical study and performance with the sharing of knowledge and awareness between people from  different cultures and backgrounds. Its projects span across the Middle East with special attention to new programs for music education infrastructures in Palestine. These include the creation of a Palestinian Youth Orchestra, the Edward W. Said Music  Kindergarten in Ramallah, and the Barenboim-Said Conservatory in Nazareth.

Three of the group's muscians; Kinan Azmeh, Tyme Khleifi and Shai Wosner will perform at the Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity awrads Gala in Washington, DC. 

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