The renowned World Orchestra for Peace honors with this very special concert the 100th birthday of its founder Sir Georg Solti - celebrating the story of Solti‘s musical life with works that were of special significance, such as Mozart’s Figaro overture Strauss’ tone poem Don Juan, the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5, Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra and select arias and ensembles from operas by Mozart and Verdi. It is presented and linked from the stage by his widow, Lady Valerie Solti. The concert features Valery Gergiev as conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace and world-class soloists Angela Gheorghiu and René Pape together with outstanding young alumni of the Solti Foundation and the Solti Accademia di Bel Canto established after his death.
The World Orchestra for Peace was founded in 1995 by Sir Georg Solti to reaffirm, in his words, “the unique strength of music as an ambassador for peace.” Led by Valery Gergiev, it is an ensemble of the finest musicians selected from the world’s greatest orchestras - most are concertmasters or section principals in their own orchestras. The orchestra was designated a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2010.



Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Overture to Le nozze di Figaro

Richard Strauss
Don Juan

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“In diesen heil’gen Hallen” from Die Zauberflöte

Giuseppe Verdi
“Addio del passato” from La Traviata

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
“Là ci darem la mano” from Don Giovanni

Giuseppe Verdi
“Bella figlia dell’amore” from Rigoletto

Gustav Mahler
Adagietto from Symphony No. 5

Béla Bartók
Concerto for Orchestra


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