The innovative performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons included both classical and Arabic-inspired improvisations.
After the performance, Kennedy told the rapturous audience, “Giving equality and getting rid of apartheid gives a beautiful chance for amazing things to happen.”
The Palestine Strings performers, including the brothers Mustafa, Omar and Ghandi Saad, range in age from 12 and 23 and study at the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in the occupied Palestinian territories.
Following the performance of Four Seasons, Kennedy introduced Mustafa Saad, 15, who joined Kennedy to play the slow movement of Vivaldi’s A Minor Concerto for Two Violins.
The performance closed with one of Kennedy’s own compositions titled Falling Forest.
Kennedy has refused to play in Israel citing its violations of Palestinian rights.