- Special Programs
The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University and The Cogut Center for the Humanities (CCH) at Brown University present
Remembering Edward W. Said: a conversation with Daniel Barenboim and Ara Guzelimian, and performance by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
This event is the first in a series of activities at Columbia University in 2013 remembering Edward W. Said on the 10th anniversary of his passing. A 7pm conversation between Daniel Barenboim and Ara Guzelimian (Dean and Provost, The Juilliard School) will be followed by an 8pm performance by Daniel Barenboim and members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Co-sponsored by the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.
(photograph of Edward W. Said used with permission of photographer Brigitte Lacombe)
7pm Remembering Edward W. Said
A conversation between Daniel Barenboim and Ara Guzelimian (Provost and Dean, The Julliard School)
8pm Daniel Barenboim and Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform:
P. Boulez: Mémoriale
P. Boulez: Messagesquisse
K. Azmeh: “Prayer, a tribute to Edward Said“
F. Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major D.667, "The Trout"
Tickets for the 7pm conversation and 8pm performance are available for purchase at the Miller Theatre Box Office or from the Miller Theatre website.
$25 general admission, $12 with student CUID (limit two tickets per student CUID)
January 27, 2013 at 5:30pm
The Leonard Nimoy Thalia at
Peter Norton Symphony Space
(2537 Broadway at 95th St.)
Free screening of "Knowledge is the Beginning" (a documentary by Paul Smaczny), followed by a Q&A with Kinan Azmeh, Nicole Foster, and Shai Wozner. More information.
February 1, 2013, 4:00pm-6:00pm
501 Schermerhorn Hall, Columbia University
Free panel discussion on "Edward Said's Music" with Kinan Azmeh, Stathis Gourgouris, Ara Guzelimian, Ilham Khuri-Makdisi, and Michael Steinberg.
About the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Founded by Daniel Barenboim and Edward W. Said in 1999, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra brings together musicians from Israel, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt – joined by a number of musicians from Iran, Turkey and Spain – to perform music and promote mutual understanding, non-violence and reconciliation. The orchestra regularly performs in leading international music festivals and concert halls and has given historically unprecedented performances in Ramallah, in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and most recently at Castel Gandolfo at the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI. Since Edward W. Said’s untimely death in 2003, his widow, Mariam C. Said, has taken on an active role in the projects of the Barenboim-Said Foundation as vice-president of its US branch in New York. Originally created at the invitation of the Kunstfest Weimar and now based in Seville, Spain, the orchestra derives its name from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s collection of poems titled West-Eastern Divan, a central work in the evolution of the concept of world culture. An Emmy Award-winning documentary, Knowledge Is the Beginning, was made about the orchestra in 2006. Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has hailed the orchestra as "a source of inspiration and a model for the Middle East and the rest of the world," and current Secretary General Ban Ki-moon named Barenboim a UN Messenger of Peace for his work with the Divan.