This January, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin make their long-awaited return to Carnegie Hall, performing for the first time in the venue’s history a complete cycle of Anton Bruckner’s numbered symphonies in a single season (Jan 19–29). Presented chronologically in nine concerts, six of them completed by Mozart piano concertos led by the conductor-pianist from the keyboard, this epic undertaking celebrates the 60th anniversary of Barenboim’s Carnegie Hall debut. Since then, he has built an unparalleled career as a conductor, pianist, and public intellectual, proving himself not only, for many, “the world’s greatest living musician” (Financial Times), but also one of its most influential cultural pioneers. Whether addressing the Arab-Israeli conflict, the reunification of Germany, innovative educational projects, or the current migration crisis, he remains a staunch and visionary advocate for music’s transformative humanity. As he has explained:
“Harmony in personal or international relations can also only exist by listening, each party opening its ears to the other’s narrative or point of view. … People who listen to each other, both musically and in all other ways, can achieve greater things.”
Barenboim’s ideals are further exemplified in two of his newest initiatives in Berlin: the Barenboim-Said Academy, which builds upon the vision of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra by offering training in music and the humanities to students from the Middle East and Europe; and the Pierre Boulez Saal, a Frank Gehry-designed concert hall opening in March 2017. Both are being built across from the home the of the Staatsoper Berlin, the Unter den Linden theatre, which is in the final stages of a renovation and will reopen in fall 2017.
You can see Barenboim talking about the event on You Tube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzOXuaAUPWs