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Daniel Barenboim Provokes Backlash Over Iran Concert

 

artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com – Michael Cooper

News that one of the most respected — and outspoken — Israeli musicians in the world, , is hoping to conduct a concert in Iran with the Berlin Staatskapelle drew a furious reaction this week from Israel’s right-wing culture minister.

Such a concert would most likely be seen as part of a greater cultural exchange with Iran after the United States and five another nations, including Germany, reached an accord with Tehran earlier this summer aimed at limiting Iran’s nuclear capabilities.

Another orchestra from one of the nations that negotiated the nuclear deal, the China Philharmonic Orchestra, performed in Tehran earlier this month. But the participation of Mr. Barenboim, an Argentine-born pianist and conductor who holds both Israeli and Palestinian citizenships, would give the proposed Staatskapelle concert added significance, as Israel strongly opposes the nuclear accord.

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