The Orchestra as Example of Transcultural Coexistence

If Nations have borders, music does not

May 14th, 2019
Giulia Mohammad Abdellatif, News from Berlin
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Binational and multinational youth orchestras from all over the world will perform at the Young Euro Classic 2019 in the Berlin Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt from July 19th to August 6th.

At its 20th edition, the Young Euro Classic represents one of the most important platforms for the best international young musicians in the European classical music tradition.

More and more orchestras have joined the event: this year ensembles from Chile, the Dominican Republic and Tatarstan appear for the first time. Another debut is the Galilee Chamber Orchestra, composed by Israeli and Palestinian young talents, which shows how music, and culture in general, can represent a means of communication between two populations in conflict and contribute in overcoming political obstacles.

The Galilee Chamber Orchestra is the result of the efforts of many pioneers in this kind of dialogue, notably Daniel Barenboim, legendary conductor and co-founder with Edward Said of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together Palestinian and Israeli musicians. Barenboim and Said’s idea to address conflicts in alternative way has inspired the creation of the Young Euro Classic.

This initiative is even more successful because it involves young people who have the opportunity to understand that a coexistence among different cultures is possible and to learn how to build it starting with peaceful and sustainable solutions.


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