A Crescendo in the West Bank

A Crescendo in the West Bank

A rising tide of interest in western classical music enables young Palestinians to escape the walls surrounding the territories. (NYT)

Classical music is thriving in the West Bank, a place marked by generations of turmoil and economic hardship. Driven by international and local donations, several new music schools have been established in the past few years and students are crowding into classes.

Young Palestinians see music as a way to escape the walls surrounding the Palestinian territories and to connect with the outside world. Dalia Moukarker, 16, has been playing the flute almost obsessively for three years, which she says helps transport her to a more beautiful world.

The demand for music lessons is so great in the West Bank that schools are often short on instruments and teachers. In this New York Times video, Moukarker attends a master class with visiting French international soloist Emmanuel Pahud.

This story also looks at others impacted by the music revival, including Shehade Shelaldeh, 18, who is learning the craft of violin repair. Thanks to his enthusiasm and natural talent, visiting experts took him in and trained him in the craft. Now he sees a future in teaching others this skill.

CHANNEL: New York Times

Length: 4:39

By Dan Wakin, Reem Makhoul & Emily B. Hager