The ‘World Tour for Unity’ is presented by The Ichikowitz Family Foundation and the Alma Nostra Foundation in Paris and includes three concerts in Johannesburg, Durban and Soweto from 22 to 25 April 2015, featuring the acclaimed fifty-eight member Alma Chamber Orchestra. Led by Concertmaster and Artistic Director, Anne Gravoin, with Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire, under the direction of Lionel Bringuier, the programmes include works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Wael Binali and Aram Khachaturian.
The Alma Chamber Orchestra’s South African tour will also launch the European Union’s Europefest 2015 programme, a gathering of cultural events during May under one umbrella to celebrate the vision of cultural diversity.
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!”
The Alma Chamber Orchestra will also conduct master-class outreach programmes to showcase the power of music in orchestrating peace and harmony.
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.”