The World Orchestra for Peace

Nov 1, 2012

Airs Thursday, November 1 at 11:00 a.m. In celebration of Sir Georg Solti's 100th birthday Red River Radio is very pleased to offer a broadcast of The World Orchestra for Peace performed at Chicago's Orchestra Hall and conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The World Orchestra for Peace was founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti at the request of Boutros Boutros-Ghali for a concert in Geneva marking the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995.  Led by Valery Gergiev, the orchestra is an ensemble of the finest musicians selected from more than 60 orchestras in 35 countries (most are concertmasters or section principals in their own ensembles), including several members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  They all give their services freely - coming together only on special occasions - to reaffirm Sir Georg's belief in 'the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace.'

This all-star team comes together with renowned soprano Angela Gheorghiu, expressive bass René Pape and host Lady Solti for a spectacular celebration in honor of Sir Georg's 100th birthday.

Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
R. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
Mozart: In diesen heil'gen Hallen from Die Zauberflote
Verdi: Addio del passato from La Traviata
Mozart: La ci darem la mano from Don Giovanni
Verdi: Bella figlia dell'amore from Rigoletto
Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever