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29.11.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, performed “The Nere Legend” at The Church of St Eustache

©Monique Ventujol

On 29 November, the International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra and their director Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artists for peace, performed a work of Tarik Benouarka “The Legend of Nere” at The Church of St Eustache.

This organ and voice oratorio told the story of Néré, a smuggler, who through his songs had the power to push back the river that divided two worlds.

The piece is an original creation of Algerian-born composer Tarik Benouarka, of Arabic and French speaking culture, who combines classical music and lyrical singing in Arabic and Latin.

On the occasion of this concert, the 120 choristers of the International Philharmonic Choir joined French organist, Christophe Guida, Jordanian soprano Dina Bawad, and French tenor of Moroccan and Hungarian descent, Yanis Benabdallah.

Once again, the Choir’s goal was in accordance with its mission as UNESCO Artists for Peace: to bring cultures together through music.

Monique Ventujol, President of the Ensemble wrote in the evening's programme: "In the unusual union of the two languages, melodic accents from the East and the West, we will find the ancient and Mediterranean cradle of civilization... it is therefore a real challenge that the International Philharmonic Choir and its artistic director are trying to meet".

Together, the musicians carried a message of peace and intercultural dialogue and thus echoed the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), for which UNESCO is the lead agency.




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