Barenboim jumps in at refugee concert

Barenboim jumps in at refugee concert


norman lebrecht

June 23, 2022

The recuperating conductor played piano in the Boulez Hall together with his son Michael and musicians from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a twice-cancelled benefit concert for the UN refugees agency.

Eleonore Buening reports that it was a last-minute decision on his part.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    What a weird picture of dummies, architects model?

  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Where is the Boulez Hall? I can’t be bothered to search.

    • trpcs says:

      A few thoughts:

      (1) Boulez Hall is in Berlin, where it’s known as the “Pierre Boulez Saal”. It’s affiliated with the Barenboim-Said Akademie.

      (2) Yes, it would’ve been best for Mr. Lebrecht to write “the Boulez Hall in Berlin”, for the convenience of readers not in the know.

      (3) On the other hand, it would arguably have been more seemly for you to write as your comment a sentence like “The Boulez Hall, for the benefit of those lesser cognoscenti to whom Mr. Lebrecht does not seem to wish to cater, is in Berlin”. (Note the deliberate slight snideness.) Your existing comment risks making a less-than-ideal impression on some readers, suggesting as it does a high-water mark in Information-Age intellectual laziness.

    • Una says:

      It is in Berlin, as far as I know.

    • Filharmonika says:

      why not to bother if you are interested?
      Boulez Hall- Berlin, and idea came form Daniel Barenboim

  • Una says:

    The hall looks like an audience of corpses!! Do hope the concert goes well.