World Philharmonic Orchestra Relaunched in Paris After 18-Year Hiatus

Classic Arts News   World Philharmonic Orchestra Relaunched in Paris After 18-Year Hiatus
The World Philharmonic Orchestra, an assemblage of 105 top professional musicians from 82 countries, was relaunched following an 18-year hiatus with an inaugural concert in Paris last week.

Agence France-Presse reports that the reborn WPO's first concert was held outdoors, despite a steady rain, on June 21 at the Hêätel des Invalides as part of the French capital's 25th annual Fê_te de la musique. Yutaka Sado conducted a program of popular French works, including pieces by Bizet, Berlioz, Ravel, Dukas, Debussy and Saint-SaêŠns; the program was repeated on June 23 in Reims and June 24 in Paris.

Initially founded in 1985 to promote a message of peace and international cooperation, the World Philharmonic Orchestra was created to be an international group of musicians that would assemble each year on a different continent, with new members and a different conductor, for a week of rehearsals and a concert to benefit a designated charity. The first performance was given in Sweden under the baton of Carlo Maria Giulini; the WPO subsequently gathered in Brazil under Lorin Maazel (1986) and in Japan under Giuseppe Sinopoli (1987). In December 1988, Fran‹oise Legrand conducted the orchestra in Montreal in a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony that involved choirs in Moscow, San Francisco and Geneva participating via satellite link. The organization subsequently ceased operations for lack of money.

Recommended Reading:

Blocking belongs
on the stage,
not on websites.

Our website is made possible by
displaying online advertisements to our visitors.

Please consider supporting us by
whitelisting with your ad blocker.
Thank you!