The World Orchestra is a dynamic group of young musicians from over 50 different countries who get together twice a year to live and make music together. Managed by East-West Music, and conducted by Maestro Josep Vicent, it uses the medium of music not only to entertain, but as a communicator of ideas and a platform to spread the social involvement of the young members of the orchestra. During the 2012/2013 season, The World Orchestra will take their project UNITED IN MUSIC to South Africa, Netherlands, Spain and Balkans with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union.
The World Orchestra will tour South Africa in February 2013. The tour kicks off in Durban with a concert at the Durban City Hall on the 7th February. This special concert, in partnership with the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, will see collaboration on a grand scale as part of the KZN Philharmonic’s 30th Anniversary celebrations. From there they make their way to their next concerts – in Plettenberg Bay on the 10th February; at the Knysna NG Church on the 11th February; at the Endler Hall in Stellenbosch – as part of The Endler Concert Series on the 15th February; and finally in Cape Town at the Cape Town City Hall on the 16th February, joining the 7th Cape Town International Summer Music Festival.
In addition to these concerts, The World Orchestra will also host community workshops in Inanda, East London, and Heideveld. Named “Cultural Ambassadors for Peace” by the Spanish Fundación Cultura de Paz, these young musicians will bring the power of music and their message of hope to previously disadvantaged communities.
The World Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Director, Maestro Josep Vicent, says “It was through my active interest in the musical influences from different cultures, that I first realized, and started learning about, the important role of music as a tool for social empowerment and intercultural exchange. There is no better way of finding understanding and opening sincere communication between human beings than with music. The “sound message”, when used properly, is pure and directly related to the highest senses and the deepest feelings. The World Orchestra is really a very unique project. Each and every one of our members has an amazing story to tell, our commitment is really profound and I hope South African audiences will be able to feel that. I hope to meet many of you in February, and to welcome new orchestra members from South Africa in the future.”
Tickets for Durban, Stellenbosch and Cape Town concerts are available through Computicket. For other concert tickets, more information about the upcoming tour, or to find out how you can get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/TWO.world.orchestra.
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