January 24, 2012
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Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC AND WQXR.ORG OFFER LIVE VIDEO WEBCAST
OF CONCERT FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE
WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA AND DANIEL BARENBOIM;
JANUARY 29 AT 8PM (ET) FROM (LE) POISSON ROUGE IN NEW YORK CITY

WATCH LIVE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC, IN NPR MUSIC APPS, AND AT WQXR.ORG

On Tuesday, January 29, while on a rare tour of the U.S., pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra - the ensemble of young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other Arab countries he co-founded in 1999 with the late Palestinian scholar Edward W. Said - will take the stage at New York City's downtown club (Le) Poisson Rouge, and NPR Music and WQXR, New York's all-classical station, will bring it to audiences everywhere. Working in collaboration with the Cogut Center for the Humanities at Brown University, the three co-presenters - NPR Music, WQXR, and (Le) Poisson Rouge - will make the performance available as a live video webcast at NPR.org/music, in the NPR Music mobile apps, and at WQXR.org, beginning at 8PM (ET). The concert will also be archived after the show at both the NPR Music and WQXR websites.

Continuing NPR Music's commitment to offering access to the best in live performance, the broadcast will spotlight this groundbreaking ensemble of young musicians performing music from both the Western classical music and Middle Eastern traditions. Featured performers on this program include two rising stars of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra who are quickly gaining international reputations as soloists: clarinetist Kinan Azmeh and violinist Michael Barenboim, the latter of whom is the pianist/conductor's youngest son.

The event coincides with Barenboim and the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's "Beethoven for All" tour, which took them to London last summer to perform the complete Beethoven symphonies at the BBC Proms as part of the London 2012 Festival. The orchestra will repeat this cycle during a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall in the week following the (Le) Poisson Rouge performance. On February 3, the orchestra's performance of Beethoven's Second and Ninth Symphonies will be broadcast and streamed live on WQXR 105.9FM and WQXR.org, as well as on public radio stations nationwide, as part of the Carnegie Hall Live series, produced by WQXR and American Public Media. NPR Music will also live stream the audio online and host a live web chat.

NPR Music's "Live In Concert" series offers performances from today's top artists, including the recent SFJAZZ Center Opening Night Concert and the Philadelphia Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The Emmy Award-winning free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers new features daily and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community. The NPR Music iPad App joins the ever-expanding suite of NPR Mobile, allowing anyone with a mobile device to enjoy NPR News, NPR Music and Member station content for free.