Sunday, August 26, 2007

Musicians Without Borders

German Orchestra make rare visit to Iran in cultural exchange!

The German symphony orchestra will play classics by Beethoven, Elgar and Brahms in Iran this week — a rare visit from a European ensemble amid political tensions between the Islamic republic and the West.

The 60-member Osnabrueck Symphony Orchestra, led by conductor Hermann Baeumer, will arrive Monday and perform Wednesday and Thursday in Tehran as the return half of an exchange that saw the Tehran Symphony Orchestra perform to a packed hall last year in Osnabrueck. read more ...


Sophia said...

Hi Naj,

Sorry to send you this link to this silly interview of Delia Sofer in the NYT.

Naj said...


Silly is an understatement. It just shows how far mediocrity can go if riding the right political tide! :)

I just wish all Iranians who have not been back to Iran for the past twenty years or so, shut up, and do not claim any knowledge of what Iranian society is today! Well they can write their memoirs as much as they wish, as long as they do not sell it as contemporary politics!

But this little girl is simply not very bright :))

Monte said...

Ah, what a wonderful story this is - about the orchestra visiting Iran. Nothing is as powerful as people meeting people. My first career was in classical music, and Brahms 4 is great stuff to build bridges with!
How vastly more constructive is such an interchange than is ridiculous isolation!

David said...

This musical exchange sounds wonderful! Even when governments can't get along, people can still reach out and make connections. I really hope that this sort of cultural exchange will continue and increase in frequency.

Daniel said...

Music soothes the savage beast (at least for a few hours).

If only music not dollars was the currency of our world.

We might become noble eventually!

Anon-Paranoid said...

Sorry this is off topic, but I wanted to let you know, which you may know already, Der Fuhrer Adolph Bush is more than likely going to attack Iran within the next 6 months.

Please be prepared and please stay safe.

God Bless.

enigma4ever said...

Hello naj....I love your blog....the Cave...and the music post...wonderful....thank you..( sorry about is always a nightmare..)Keep writing and educating us...and sharing your light.