West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Beethoven’s 2nd and 9th Symphonies at Carnegie Hall

I was at Carnegie Hall this afternoon for performances of Beethoven’s 2nd and 9th Symphonies by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.  This was the concluding concert of their series of  all the Beethoven symphonies over the past week, led by their music director and conductor, Daniel Barenboim.  I have not previously heard this orchestra in concert, although I’ve heard some recordings.  The orchestra brings together young Israeli Jewish and Palestinian musicians, who rehearse intensively together each … <Read More>