A panel discussion with members of the West Eastern Divan Ensemble, in conversation with Dr Joanna Lee.
Although the name of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra comes from the title of a collection of lyrical poems by Goethe inspired by the Persian poet Hafez, the true inspiration behind the Orchestra's formation is the shared vision and hope of its two founders, conductor, pianist, activist and visionary Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian academic and literary critic Edward Said. Daniel Barenboim has conducted the Orchestra on the greatest musical stages of the world and their impassioned performances have touched the hearts of audiences everywhere. As the first person ever to hold simultaneously Jewish Israeli and Palestinian citizenship, Daniel Barenboim embodies his profound commitment to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East.
In the panel discussion, the founder of the West-Eastern Divan Ensemble Michael Barenboim will share his experience of working in this remarkable body of musicians, as well
as his personal encounters with seemingly irreconcilable differences and the way in which the act of music-making takes place in a safe haven of neutrality.
Ticket holder(s) of “West-Eastern Divan Ensemble (Hong Kong Debut)” can present a valid ticket (electronic or physical) to attend the Tai Kwun Conversations without registration.