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Palestine’s first orchestra since 1948

This BBC News article notes that a Palestinian orchestra will begin playing concerts in Ramallah, Haifa, and Jerusalem this week, the first such orchestra since 1948.   The group will play classical Palestinian pieces, classic pieces, and one composition by a Hungarian Jew whose parents died in the Holocaust.


Powerful art

A contest is currently taking place to design renewable energy sources that double as art installations.  The story is in this New York Times article.  It reports that

The first-place winner, to be announced in January at the 2011 World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, will receive an award of $15,000, sponsored by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi government-backed renewable energy company.

Mr. Ferry and Mrs. Monoian say they hope that the U.A.E.’s first energy-producing artwork will be built in the next three or so years. They are in discussions with investors but are not limiting those talks to the jury’s selections. “We’re showing potential stakeholders everything, focusing on the projects that are the most pragmatic and buildable,” Mr. Ferry said.