Daniel Barenboim Conducts Arab-Israeli Orchestra for Pope
Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his name day with a concert of Beethoven symphonies led by Daniel Barenboim on Wednesday.
The maestro led the West-Eastern Divan, a youth orchestra made up of Israeli and Arab musicians, at Castel Gandolfo south of Rome.
Benedict said in a speech, "Music unites people beyond every division."
The concert was also attended by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano and his wife.
The Argentine-born Israeli conductor founded the orchestra in 1999 with the late Palestinian-American academic Edward Said.© 2016 The Classical Art, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.