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08.07.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra performs Mozart’s Grand Mass in C minor

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On 18 and 19 June 2019, the International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra, UNESCO Artist for peace, under the musical direction of Amine Kouider, performed The Grand Mass in C minor by Mozart on 18 June in Saint-Germain-Des-Près Church and the day after in Sainte-Clotilde Basilica.

Yet unfinished, this work from the Austrian composer is masterful. Combining Italian lightness and German severity, his work is loaded with lyricism and spirituality. Nevertheless, Mozart did not achieve it for a lack of time or because he was more inspired by secular creations, more profitable. During the second half of the 19th century, German experts sought to recreate an ensemble closing on The Grand Mass in C minor performed in Salzburg on 6 October 1783 and following some indications given by the composer or creating parts. On 18 and 19 June, the performance of The Grand Mass in C minor was then preceded by the performance of the Symphony n°29 in A major.

In an editorial published in the booklet describing the planning of the two evenings, Monique Ventujol, President of the Musical Ensemble wrote: “As UNESCO Artists for peace, The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra and his musical director Amine Kouider, relay modestly and earnestly the message addressed to the world for the world by the brilliant composer and the International Association”.

Through its concerts, the musical ensemble supports in particular UNESCO’s Programme entitled “Young people World Heritage education” and launched in 1994. This Programme seeks to provide to tomorrow rulers the knowledge and necessary skills to their full involvement in the protection and the preservation of World Heritage. By sensitizing the youth to the richness of the World Heritage, UNESCO tough seeks to raise awareness among young people about the importance of this Heritage and the 1972 Convention on World Heritage.  A cartoon series “for youth, by youth” has even been launched. Entitled “Patrimonito’s adventures”, it invites young people to transmit their messages thanks to story-boards competitions through this little character imagined in 1995 by a group of Spanish-speakers students during a workshop of the first World Heritage Forum held in Bergen, Norway.

In key heritage sites, the musical ensemble undertakes numerous awareness-raising activities among young pupils of elementary schools by inviting them to attend the rehearsal and describe what they remembered.

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