The European Union Youth Orchestra to perform at the Opening Ceremony of the 50th World Economic Forum in Davos
10/1/2020 - The European Union Youth Orchestra has been invited to perform at the opening event of the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum that will take place on 20 January 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The EUYO will perform the Scherzo and Finale movements from Beethoven's 9th Symphony, conducted by Marin Alsop, with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir and soprano Eri Nakamura, mezzo soprano Luisa Francesconi, tenor Zwakele Tshabalala and bass Ao Li.
The EUYO supports the theme of the World Economic Forum 2020, Stakeholders for a Cohesive and Sustainable World,and following the guidelines of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy, it has already taken part in initiatives in aid of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The EUYO is delighted to be performing at the opening event of the 50th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos following an invitation from Conductor Marin Alsop”, said EUYO Secretary General Marshall Marcus. “As cultural ambassador for the European Union and a training programme for young Europeans, the Orchestra fully supports the Forum’s focus on sustainability as a vital area of importance for future generations”.
The European Union Youth Orchestra is one of the world's pre-eminent symphony orchestras. Founded in 1976 following a unanimous vote of the European Parliament, it comprises approximately 150 members between the ages of 16 and 26, selected every year from rigorous auditions in each of the (currently 28) Member States of the European Union. The EUYO’s Honorary President is David Sassoli, President of the European Parliament, and its Honorary Patrons include the Heads of Government of the EU’s Member States and the President of the European Commission.
The Orchestra's headquarters, legal seat and residencies in Italy are thanks to support from the Italian Ministry of Culture, the Municipality of Ferrara, the Italian national broadcast organisation RAI, and Bolzano Festival Bozen. Additionally, the EUYO is resident orchestra at its summer home and principal venue partner Grafenegg in Lower Austria, and partner of Campus Grafenegg.
January 20, 18:15 (CET)
Davos, Switzerland - Congress Hall, Congress Centre
Marin Alsop Conductor
Eri Nakamura Soprano
Luisa Francesoni Mezzosoprano
Zwakele Tshabalala Tenor
Ao Li Bass
European Union Youth Orchestra
São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony no. 9 in D minor, op. 125, Scherzo and Finale
The Opening Concert is generously supported by Intesa Sanpaolo.
Live streaming of the performance at www.weforum.org