Arab-Israeli Orchestra Makes It to Ramallah

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The Birth of the Orchestra

The hope of peace through separation is driving Israel's pullout from Gaza. But for some time a group of young Israeli and Arab musicians have sought to foster peace together. They're members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a project that grew from the friendship of conductor Daniel Barenboim, an Israeli citizen, and the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said.

Daniel Barenboim on the cover of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra's first CD

Daniel Barenboim, pictured on the cover of the CD, conceived the orchestra with the late Edward Said. Warner Classics hide caption

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Earlier this month, the orchestra released its first recording. And Sunday night, in Ramallah, the musicians will perform for the first time in its home region, after three years of touring abroad.

Barenboim tells John Ydstie about the extraordinary timing of the concert and the challenges of bringing the musicians together.

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