Daniel Barenboim Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize

Famed pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim has been nominated for the Nobel Prize for working with Edward Said to bring together young Arabs, Israelis and Iranians to form the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Read Barenboim Peace Prize Nomination (straitstimes.com)

Others See Barenboim In A Different Light

While Barenboim works to reach across cultural divides, he also has his critics, politically speaking.

Read Barenboim, Outspoken Critic of Israel, Set for Nobel Nomination (Israelnationalnews.com)

Beyond The Four Seasons: Vivaldi gets vocal

Antonio Vivaldi wrote over 500 concertos, but what do we really know about him?  He was relatively unknown to modern audiences until the 1950s and would probably be dismayed that we play such a small sampling of his enormous output.

The Santa Fe Opera is out to change that, with what they are billing as the first major American production of Vivaldi’s “Griselda,” a remarkable work first performed in Venice in 1735.

Read One Cruel King, by way of Vivaldi (NY Times)

Watch Cecelia Bartoli sing Agitata da due venti from Vivaldi’s Griselda