28 March 2013

200th Anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi’s birth Lecture and a choir-singing workshop

Throughout 2013, Italy, Europe and the world are commemorating the bi-centenary of probably the opera`s greatest composer, Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901).

Giuseppe Verdi has been one of the most-played opera composers around the world, due to the universal language of his music and the beauty of his operas, which celebrate man's passions, reaching immortal expressive peaks. Great performers like Pavarotti, Domingo, Carreras, Bocelli, as well as great conductors like Muti, Abbado, Maazel, Oren, famous directors like Pizzi, Zeffirelli, Montaldo, Griffi, all preserve the greatness of his musical genius in prestigious theatres of the five continents. Verdi’s work is impressive, with 28 operas, many of which contain arias that have become embedded in popular culture and have become mainstays. Among them – to name but a few – are Nabucco, Ernani, Macbeth, Aida, Otello, Rigoletto, Il Trovatore, La Traviata, Un Ballo in Maschera, Don Carlo, Falstaff…

The EU InfoCentre will be joining in the celebrations in order to reflect on the grandeur of the composer’s contribution to the world’s music legacy and his contribution to our civilisation’s culture, by organising a series of events on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Verdi’s birth.

The first event envisaged to take place at the EU InfoCentre will bring together musicians, music proffessors and general public at a lecture and a choir-singing workshop with Marija Pendeva.

Marija Pendeva currently works as a pianist and harpsichordist in the children's choir of the Community of Madrid, the Magna Via Choir and the Choir of the Chapel Royal, participates in numerous international competitions where she received several prizes (1st Jury Prize at the International Competition in Taranto, Italy, 3rd Prize at the International Chamber Music F. Kuhlau Uelzen-Germany), gives concerts as a soloist and in chamber ensembles in Macedonia, Germany, France, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain and has also made several recordings for German, Macedonian and Spanish productions. (more info at http://www.elmolinoescueladeartes.com/profesores.html#marijapendeva).

Elementary and high school music professors would be encouraged to multiple the activity within their schools and optionally prepare school choruses’ performances that could participate at a competition organised in the second half of the year.

The EU InfoCentre’s project Cultural Stories aims to promote the European culture as well as the national contribution and active participation in the European culture. Additionally, it aims to create awareness about the EU InfoCentre as a place where interesting cultural events take place within unique and recognisable programme.