West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at Southbank Centre

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Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 and Strauss' Don Quixote in tribute to Jacqueline du Pre, for the MS Society

Daniel Barenboim and academic Edward Said formed the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra to open dialogues between Israeli and Palestinian musicians.

Under Barenboim's leadership, the ensemble goes from strength to strength, delivering performances as profound as the philosophy behind its formation.

Tchaikovsky's Symphony No.5 certainly demands such insight. Throughout the work, Tchaikovsky charts what he called 'the inscrutable designs of Providence', played out as a tussle between despair and hope.

Inspired by the novel by Miguel de Cervantes, Strauss retells on Quixote in music of ravishing beauty. The eponymous central character is represented by the solo cello, performed by exciting young Iranian cellist Kian Soltani.

October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the death of cellist Jacqueline du Pre, whose life was so intertwined with Daniel Barenboim's.

She was 42 and had multiple sclerosis (MS).

Proceeds from this tribute concert will go to the MS Society's Stop MS Appeal to raise funds for groundbreaking research. Through fundraising and generous donations the charity aims to revolutionise treatment and ultimately transform the lives of people affected by MS.

Performers

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Daniel Barenboim conductor

Kian Soltani cello

Repertoire

R Strauss: Don Quixote

Interval

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.5

Venue Details & Map

Southbank Centre

Address
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 8XX
Telephone:
0844 847 9910
Public transport:
Underground and Rail Stations: Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross, Waterloo East. Buses stop on Waterloo Bridge, on York Road, on Belvedere Road and on Stamford Street.

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