The West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, an experiment in coexistence co-founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward Said in 1999, will tour Spain and France in January 2015.
The January performances begin on January 16, 2015 at the Gran Teatro de Córdoba, where the Divan, conducted by Daniel Barenboim, present a program comprising Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Pierre Boulez’s Dérive II, and selected works by Maurice Ravel: Rapsodie espagnole, Alborada del gracioso, Pavane pour une infante défunte, and Boléro. Barenboim and the orchestra take this program to Madrid’s Auditorio Nacional de Música the following day on January 17.
In Sevilla at the Teatro de la Maestranza on January 18, Barenboim and the Divan perform an all-Mozart program, which includes the Austrian composer’s overture to Le nozze di Figaro, Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra KV 314, and the Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in B-flat Major, KV 595. To round out their tour, Barenboim and the orchestra appear at the newly opened Philharmonie de Paris on January 19, when they reprise their program of works by Debussy, Boulez, and Ravel.