Saturday 3 June 2017
Duomo di Milano
“CONCERT FOR EUROPE”
Ludwig van Beethoven
9th Symphony in D minor, Op. 125, for soloists, choir, and orchestra
Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro di San Carlo
conducted by Zubin Mehta
Julianna Di Giacomo, soprano
Lilly Jørstad, mezzo-soprano
Burkhard Fritz, tenor
Liang Li, bass-baritone
Free entry on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:15 pm
“The apotheosis of a universal vision of brotherhood and freedom from that which oppresses mankind, where music lives between Schiller's verses, also modified by Beethoven who expanded the text of the original ode by the poet; the more profound message, today more relevant than ever, narrates the spirit's victory over terror."
With these words, Maestro Zubin Mehta presents the magnificent Ode to Joy which will be performed in the Duomo on Saturday 3 June 2017 at 9pm by the Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro di San Carlo. One of the most famous works from the symphonic repertoire of Ludwig Van Beethoven, the 9th Symphony in D minor, Op. 125, for soloists, choir, and orchestra, will summon the strong values of life and will reaffirm the value of hospitality in an extraordinary evening open to everyone, offered to the city by the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo.
The idea for an event that would unite Milan and Naples came about during Expo Milano 2015, when the skilful hands of the artisan craftsman working for the Fonderia Nolana Del Giudice forged the copy of the Madonnina that welcomed visitors to the Universal Exposition. It was thus impossible not to envision a subsequent moment in which to celebrate this meeting and exalt in the universal language of music which unites everyone and speaks to our hearts.
An enthusiasm for togetherness which the Fabbrica and the Teatro di San Carlo now intend to recreate and make resonate far and wide, throughout Europe, allowing the joyous ode to peace to reverberate in the vaults of the Duomo di Milano which, from its very beginnings, was the first major structure to represent European identity, a place to meet and to encourage dialogue between knowledge and craftsmanship from every European country.
Milan and Naples, two of Italy's most important cultural identities, will thus be united by an ideal bridge: a connection which should not be taken for granted during this delicate moment in history, bringing together energy and passion in a project that will go down in the musical history of these two cities.
The concert will be dedicated to the Director of the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo, Prof. Gianni Baratta, who passed away on 23 March of this year and who, until the very end, felt strongly about organizing this event.
Seating will be free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8:15pm. No reservation is necessary. Punctuality is recommended given the high attendance expected.
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