Israeli musician conducts concert in Gaza
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Last Updated: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 13:40
United Nations: Renowned Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim led a team of European musicians in a concert featuring several pieces of Mozart to express solidarity with Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.

Barenboim, 68, who is also a messenger of peace for the UN, said that the aim of the concert, held yesterday, was to express solidarity with Palestinian residents in the region.

"Maybe by doing this, all the people in this area, Palestinians, Israelis, Egyptians, will realise that we are here to live somehow next to each other in this part of the world and we can live side by side and not back to back," the maestro said, as quoted by the UN News Service.

"They are musicians who care about humanity; they are musicians who care about the problem," he added, alluding to members of his orchestra.

The 'Orchestra for Gaza' is drawn from the ranks of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, La Scala of Milan and Staatskapelle Berlin, according to the UN

The performance was reportedly attended by hundreds of people.

"The Secretary-General (Ban Ki-moon) appreciates the efforts of Daniel Barenboim and the many musicians who gave their time and talent to bring music to Gaza," said a statement from the office of the UN chief.


First Published: Wednesday, May 04, 2011, 13:40

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