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The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra performs two Te Deum in Chartres’ Cathedral

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The 7 May 2019, The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artists for peace, gave a performance in Chartres Cathedral to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the monument on UNESCO World Heritage List.

The 7 May 2019, The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artists for peace, gave a performance in Chartres Cathedral to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the monument on UNESCO World Heritage List.

The nave was crowded, the bishop of Chartres, Mgr. Christory, the mayor of Chartres, Mr. Jean-Pierre Gorges, and numerous regional personalities attended the concert. The International Choir and Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artists for peace, performed two versions of the famous Te Deum of two 17th century French composers: Marc-Antoine Charpentier and Jean-Baptiste Lully. The evening, entitled “Hymnes Royales”, was the opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the inscription of the cathedral on UNESCO World Heritage List but also the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Cathedral’s friend Association.

Partly built starting in 1145, and then reconstructed over a 26-year period after the fire of 1194, Chartres Cathedral marks the high point of French Gothic art. Built fairly rapidly and in nearly one stride, Chartres Cathedral, owing to the unity of its architecture and stained-glass, sculptured and painted decoration, constitutes the complete and perfected expression of one of the most characteristic aspects of medieval art. Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral was the destination of a pilgrimage dedicated to the Virgin, among the most popular in all medieval Europe. It influenced many posteriors constructions and thus is one of the most enlightening example one could choose to define the cultural, social and aesthetic reality of the Gothic cathedral. This is one of the man reasons why the Cathedral was included in UNESCO World Heritage List in 1979.

Working through music at raising public awareness of tolerance, rapprochement of cultures and peace messages for 20 years, the musical ensemble has regularly given concerts to celebrate anniversaries of inscription on the World Heritage List.

Since 1972 and the adoption of the International Treaty called “Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage”, the protection and preservation of those sites are one of UNESCO’s priorities. According to the Organization, “Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations”.




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