World Tour for Unity

World Tour for Unity

World Tour for Unity

Posted by KZN Phil in Concerts 23 Apr 2015
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Date(s) - 23/04/2015
7:30 pm

Durban City Hall


ALMA Chamber Orchestra World Tour for Unity:
A Classical Music Coup for South Africa

The Alma Chamber Orchestra comes to South Africa for the first time and
audiences will be treated to performances by leading classical music talent.
Led by Concertmaster and Artistic Director, Anne Gravoin, featuring the
much acclaimed Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, under the direction of Lionel
Bringuier, the programme includes works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Wael
The Alma Chamber Orchestra performs innovative and international programmes
full of emotion. The message of the Orchestra is one of peace and unity. The
young orchestra is composed of 58 musicians from France’s greatest symphonic
orchestras and instrumentalists pursuing careers all over the world. It was
created in May 2013 by the Alma Nostra Foundation and its President, Zouhir
Boudemagh, born from a deep need to support young artists and to highlight
their creations around the world.
The tour presented by Ichikowitz Family Foundation, will also launch the
European Union’s Europefest 2015 programme to celebrate cultural diversity
and cultural exchange.

Ivor Ichikowitz, Founder of The Ichikowitz Family Foundation:
“We all strive for a more peaceful, tolerant and prosperous world, and through
the medium of world-class music our respective Foundations are bringing
this message to South Africa on the eve of the twenty-first anniversary of our
country’s peaceful democratic transition. We are greatly privileged to share
with South Africans the chance to listen to such an accomplished orchestra.”

Zouhir Boudemagh, the President of the Alma Nostra Foundation, notes:
“We are honoured to be in South Africa to join the celebrations of 21 years of
Democracy. We’ve just returned from touring North Africa (Algeria, Tunisia
and Morocco) and this will be a glorious celebration of cultural unity and
affirmation of universal humanitarian values.”

Message from the Ambassador of the European Union, H.E. Roeland van de Geer:
“I am delighted that, together with our EU Member States represented in
South Africa, we are able to celebrate the 56th anniversary of the European
Union’s establishment. Our EuropeFest will underline unity in diversity
and deliver to South African audiences some wonderful performances and
exchanges. I invite you to join in as we, the EU and South Africa, move
forward in the spirit of cultural cooperation – let’s culture together!”


Alma Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster ,
Artistic Director and Solo Violinist,
Anne Gravoin

Anne Gravoin is joint founder, lead soloist and
artistic director of the Alma Chamber Orchestra. She
has a string of awards to her name and for over 25
years, artists, directors, composers and producers
have been trusting Mme Gravoin to select musicians
from all genres and spheres for sessions and live
performances from acclaimed symphony orchestras
to chamber music ensembles. Mme Gravoin studied
at the Paris Conservatoire where her teachers
included Gérard Poulet, Dominique Hoppenot,
and Myriam Solovieff. In 2000, Mme Gravoin
established “Régie Orchestre” (RO), one of the three
largest organisations of its kind in the Paris region.


Guest Conductor : Lionel Bringuier
Lionel Bringuier is the French guest conductor of
the Alma Chamber Orchestra. His artistic maturity
and interpretative depth have made him a mainstay
with the world’s foremost orchestras and led to his
being named Chief Conductor and Music Director
of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich in 2012 at age 26.
Now serving in his inaugural season at the Tonhalle,
his artistic vision and energy — both on and off the
podium — are helping to usher the orchestra into a
new era. Since first coming to attention worldwide
in 2005 when he was unanimously awarded first
prize and the Prix du Public at the 49th Besancon
Young Conductors Competition.


Guest Pianist: Nelson Freire
Nelson Freire was born in 1944 in Brazil and
celebrated his 70th birthday last this year. He started
playing at the age of three and replayed pieces by
memory that his older sister had just performed.
For his first public recital at the age of 4, he chose
Mozart’s Sonata in A Major K 133. In 1957 at the age
of 12, Freire performed Beethoven’s Concerto No 5.
He subsequently received a Brazilian government
grant to study in Vienna with Bruno Seidhofer. By
1964 he had won first prize at the Vianna da Motta
International Music Competition in Lisbon.

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