Meet the most influential figures in the Jewish world
Barenboim's Arab-Israeli orchestra plays for pope
ByREUTERS
July 11, 2012 23:44
Pope Benedict calls for Mideast peace at concert of young musicians from Israel, the PA and Arab countries.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim

Conductor Daniel Barenboim 370. (photo credit:REUTERS)

CASTEL GANDOLFO - Pope Benedict called for peace in the Middle East on Wednesday at a concert by conductor Daniel Barenboim's West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, made up of young musicians from Israel, the Palestinian territories and Arab countries.

"The message that I would like to draw today is this: to achieve peace one has to be committed, leaving behind violence and weapons, committed to the conversion of people and communities, to dialogue, to the patient search for possible understandings," he said at the end of the concert.



Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


The concert, held in the courtyard of the papal summer residence south of Rome, was attended by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.

The orchestra, which Barenboim founded together with the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said, brings together young musicians from various ethnic and national backgrounds in the Middle East each summer.

The idea is to let music be the food of dialogue among Arabs and Israelis.

The orchestra played Beethoven's symphonies numbers 5 and 6 at the concert, held on the feast of Saint Benedict.

In his address, the German pope noted that he and Barenboim's parents were from the generation that lived through World War Two and the Shoah.

"The great symphony of peace among people is never totally complete," Benedict said.
Relevant to your professional network? Please share on Linkedin

Tags:
  • Peace
  • Middle East
  • Prev Article
    Annan: Iran backs plan for Syria-led transition
    U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan.
    Fares being sworn in as ambassador to Iraq in 2008
    Syrian ambassador defects, joins revolution
    Next Article
    Share this article via
    from around the web
    Related Content
    Muslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque ahead of the annual haj pilgrimage
    February 22, 2017
    Iran sends delegation to Saudi for talks on rejoining haj

    By REUTERS

    Top Stories
    Israel Weather
    • 8 - 16
      Beer Sheva
      9 - 17
      Tel Aviv - Yafo
    • 6 - 14
      Jerusalem
      8 - 16
      Haifa
    • 11 - 20
      Elat
      9 - 20
      Tiberias