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01.02.2020 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

UNESCO's education programme supported by La Traviata

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The International Philharmonic Choir and its Artistic Director Amine Kouider, UNESCO Artists for Peace, performed Verdi's famous opera La Traviata on 1 and 2 February at La Seine musicale on Ile Seguin in Boulogne-Billancourt.

The musical ensemble, made up of 150 chorus singers of various nationalities, was accompanied by the Colonne Orchestra and guest soloists including soprano Perrine Madoeuf as Violetta and tenor Avi Klemberg in the role of Alfredo.

The International Philharmonic Choir regularly support UNESCO’s missions. This time, as underlined by President of the Choir Monique Ventujol during her opening remarks, la Traviata invited us to reflect on UNESCO’s actions to help those left behind by society by the promotion of education. In effect, she continues, “The Traviata, which means, ‘the misguided’, embodies the one who could not take the right path.”

Her tragic fate as a courtesan echoes the 260 million children and young people who are not in school around the world, as reported by Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Education, in her interview for the concert program. According to her, “six out of ten children never acquire, after years of studies, basic reading, writing and numeracy skills. 750 millions of adults are illiterate, which fuels poverty and marginalization. UNESCO works with its partners around the world to strengthen equal opportunities and universal access to education. Its action focuses on those who are the most vulnerable and focuses on the development of education from preschool to higher education”.

The fruitful collaboration between UNESCO and the International Philharmonic Choir has materialized with several concerts whose varied repertoire includes sacred songs, gospels, Arabic Andalusian music, Asian songs and universal classical music.

The International Philharmonic Choir, UNESCO Artist for Peace, has been working for over 20 years to raise awareness through music to its faithful public our Organization’s messages of tolerance, reconciliation of cultures and peace.

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