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Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli-Arab orchestra for Pope

Daniel Barenboim conducts Israeli-Arab orchestra for Pope

Pope Benedict XVI attended a classical concert Wednesday that doubled as a political event in which the leader of the Catholic Church called for peace in the Middle East. Conductor Daniel Barenboim led members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, a group comprised of Israeli and Arab musicians.

The private concert featured performances of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 and 6, and was intended to celebrate the feast day of St. Benedict. The event was held at the Pope's summer retreat in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, south of Rome. The Pope is an avid classical music fan who is also an accomplished piano player. 

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