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Classical music meets politics: Palestinian rock-thrower turns violist and uses music to seek peace

July 18, 2010
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By Jacob Stockinger

Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Iran, Israel, the Palestinian territories, Syria, Lebanon  — there is so much gloom, death and bad news coming out of the Mideast that it is good to hear something  upbeat.

Like a good news story.

A humane story about a specific person who is making a difference — one Ramzi Hussein Abduredwan (below, in a  photo by George Bartoli).

It is a good news and humane story that is inspiring and gives me hope.

And, moreover, it is a story — with political ramifications — that  involves music.

Classical music, at that.

It aired on National Public Radio — which henceforth is apparently to be officially called only NPR — a week ago yesterday, on Saturday’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.

I hope you will take a few minutes and listen to the story, which will also take you to another story about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which was established by the Jewish conductor Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian scholar Edward Said. Here is a link:

And I hope you will let me know what you think.

The Ear wants to hear .

Posted in Classical music

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