Israeli-Arab Orchestra Performs Near Korean DMZ

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tokyo- (PanOrient News) An orchestra made up of young Israelis and Arabs has held a concert for peace near the demilitarized zone on the Korean Peninsula, a Japanese TV reported.

Led by conductor Daniel Barenboim, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in Imjingak in South Korea on Monday, NHK said.

About 7,000 people gathered for the outdoor event, which took place on Liberation Day when South Koreans mark the end of Japan's colonial rule.

Barenboim, who is an Israeli by nationality, launched the Jewish-Arab orchestra with the late Palestinian theorist Edward Said, "in the hope of seeking Middle East peace through the power of music."

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