Harmony Across a Divide – New York Times
IT was an immensely appealing experiment, both in its idealism and in its simplicity: Let young Israeli and Arab musicians play together in an orchestra to show that communication and cooperation were possible between peoples who had long fought each other.
Oh my, please do read the whole article in the NYT. What a bright light in the darkness. I love the photograph of their performance in the Bullring.
“I once asked Manuel Chaves why he did it,” Mr. Barenboim said of the Andalusian president, “and he said: ‘It’s very simple. If Spain today is what it is, and especially Andalusia, it’s because Muslims, Jews and Christians lived and created here for many centuries. And if I can give a little back, it’s my duty.’ ”
Flamenco is unthinkable without those three elements.