Two prestigious international orchestra’s to perform in Abu Dhabi, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra under Daniel Barenboim and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra under Gustavo Dudamel. The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded by Daniel Barenboim and the late Edward Said, will perform on January the 23d. The orchestra consists of young musicians from Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Syria and incidentally Iran. The ensemble was named the ensemble after the anthology of poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who was inspired by the 14th century Persian poet Hafez. The orchestra started in Weimar, Germany, in 1999. The program consists of Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Four days later the other internationally renowned youth orchestra with an ideological connotation will visit Abu Dhabi, the Simon Bolivar Orchestra with conductor Gustavo Dudamel, as – early – part of Abu Dhabi Festival, on January the 27th. The orchestra is part of El Sistema, publicly financed voluntary sector music education program in Venezuela, founded in 1975 under the name of Social Action for Music, enabling underprivileged youth to take up an instrument and giving chances to excel in music as part of a general education and perhaps enter a professional career.  The orchestra will perform Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest Symphonic Fantasia and the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, as well as Beethoven’s Symphony No.5.

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The East-Western Divan Orchestra. Courtesy ADMAF.

IMG_2687 IMG_2695 IMG_2698 IMG_2683The Simon Bolivar Orchestra in London rehearsing. Photos courtesy of the orchestra.

Author: Neil
Location: Posted on: Sunday, January 19th, 2014