A concert tour to East Jerusalem and the West Bank
From the 30th of May until the 2nd of June the Dresdner Sinfoniker and the Italian conductor Andrea Molino will, for the first time, perform Symphony for Palestine by the Iranian composer and Kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhorin Ramallah, East Jerusalem and Jenin.
“Symphony for Palestine” is an extraordinary collaboration between a German orchestra and Palestinian and Azerbaijani musicians. As the piece was composed especially for Palestine, and is dedicated to its people, it will be of particular relevance to perform it there.
Musically, Kayhan Kalhor’s “Symphony for Palestine” transcends as many borders as the concert tour, itself. It combines traditional Persian melodies and elements of Arabic folk music with the sound of a European string orchestra- accompanied by traditional Oriental instruments, such as Oud, Kamancheh or Qanun. The eclectic and multi-layered opus is stirring, full of both sorrow and hope.
“Symphony for Palestine” is dedicated to two Palestinians: Juliano Mer-Khamis, the murdered director of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre, as well as to the eleven-year old Ahmed Khatib, shot dead in 2005 by an Israeli soldier, who mistook the boy’s water pistol for an armed weapon. His story went around the world, because his parents donated Ahmed’s organs to five Israeli children.
The Italian conductor Andrea Molino is the tour’s artistic director. The Dresdner Sinfoniker will perform together with Mehri Asadullayeva (Kamancheh), Kamil Shajrawi (Arabic violin), Nermin Hasanova (Quanun), Emil Bishara (Oud) and Naif Serhan (Percussion).
“Symphony for Palestine” is sponsored by the ‘Kulturstiftung des Bundes’, the city of Dresden (department of culture and heritage), the ‘Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen’ as well as the ‘Kulturstiftung Dresden der Dresdner Bank’ and is a co-production of the ‘Dresdner Sinfoniker’ and Ben Deiß.