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West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Don Quixote, Op. 35


Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64


Performance Information

As profiled on CBS’s 60 Minutes earlier this year

“We aspire to total freedom and equality between Israelis and Palestinians, and it is on this basis that we come together to play music.” – Shared statement of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Embodying the motto “Equal in Music,” the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra unites young Arab and Israeli musicians in the art of performance and the practice of dialogue, understanding, and collaboration. Founded in 1999 by the renowned Argentine-Israeli conductor/pianist Daniel Barenboim and the late, distinguished Palestinian scholar/author Edward Said, “the Divan” pairs its inspirational message with first-rate artistry—its Hommage à Boulez CD on Deutsche Grammophon was named one of the New York Times’ “25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017.” In the words of the Berliner Morgenpost, “Not only do they send a signal of international understanding. Artistically, they also offer an unforgettable evening.” The Divan makes its D.C. debut with cellist Kian Soltani, winner of the 2017 Leonard Bernstein Award, in the “role” of Strauss’s Don Quixote, with the beloved “Tchaik 5” balancing the program.

Co-presented with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of Morton and Norma Lee Funger, Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather, and Northern Trust.

Washington Performing Arts orchestral performances in the 2018/19 season are made possible through the generous support of Betsy and Robert Feinberg