한국에 다녀온 동안 밀린 뉴스가 너무 많은데 그 동안 클래식음악세계에는 재미있는 일들이 많이 있었습니다. 하루에 한 가지씩만 추려도 서른 개가 넘기 때문에 이미 지나간 기사들을 올리는 건 포기했는데...그래도 그 중 제일 흥미로운 뉴스라서 올려봅니다. 1월 13일자니까 이미 꽤 시간이 흐른 기사지만 그냥 봐주세요 ㅎㅎ
바렌보임이 팔레스타인 시민권을 획득함으로써 이스라엘과 팔레스타인 국적을 동시에 가진 최초의 지구인(^^)이 되었군요. 실로 대단하고 굉장한 일이 아닐 수가 없습니다.
* 관련글: 서동 시집 오케스트라, 다니엘 바렌보임, 12/19/06 (클릭)
Barenboim becomes first to hold Israeli and Palestinian passports
Kate Connolly in Berlin
Tuesday January 15, 2008
The Israeli pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has been granted Palestinian citizenship for his work in promoting cultural exchange between young people in Israel and the Arab world.
The Argentine-born musician is believed to be the first person in the world to possess both Israeli and Palestinian passports after receiving his new documentation at the end of a piano recital in Ramallah in the West Bank at the weekend.
"Under the most difficult circumstances he has shown solidarity with the Palestinian people," Mustafa Barghouti, a Palestinian MP and presidential candidate, said at the recital held to raise money for medical aid for children in the Gaza Strip.
Barenboim, 65, who is musical director of the Staatsoper in Berlin and Milan's La Scala opera house, established his West-Eastern Divan orchestra with the American-Palestinian intellectual Edward Said in 1999 following a workshop in Germany. The orchestra's aim is to bring together musicians from Israel and Arabic countries to exchange ideas and perform together.
Barenboim, a regular and lively commentator on the Middle East conflict, said he was "moved and very, very happy", adding that he accepted it because it "symbolises the everlasting bond between the Israeli and Palestinian people".
In a pointed reference to US President George Bush's recent comments on the Middle East conflict in which he talked of Israel's "occupation" of the West Bank, Barenboim added: "Now even not very intelligent people are saying that the occupation has to be stopped."
Barenboim is a controversial figure to many in Israel, but less for the sympathy he openly shows towards the Palestinians than for his promotion of the music of the 19th-century antisemitic German composer Richard Wagner, which he has conducted in Jerusalem.
He criticised the Israeli government when he was forced to cancel a concert in Ramallah after Israel said it could not guarantee his safety. More recently, he held a press conference to protest at Israel's refusal to allow musicians from his Divan orchestra to enter Ramallah.