Renowned Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim will present a "peace concert" in the Gaza Strip. Barenboim, a Palestinian activist, will direct an organization of 25 European musicians on Tuesday, the French news agency AFP reported. The so-called "Orchestra for Gaza" was announced Monday by the United Nations special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.
Conductor Daniel Barenboim was awarded a German peace prize for his efforts to bring Israelis and Palestinians together.
Conversations in Hebrew, Russian, German and English fill the air. Two of the orchestra's musicians play chess, loudly clapping down on the timer after each move. The creative chaos is just a little heady.