The full house and warm atmosphere was palpable for the “Mozart concert” of the United Nations Orchestra with the Choir of the Polytechnic University of Madrid on Saturday, November 8, 2014 in the presence of the Spanish ambassador and other diplomatic representatives as well as music lovers of Geneva.
In her opening speech, the Orchestraâ€™s President, Martine Coppens, referring to the humanitarian mission of the United Nations Orchestra, dedicated this concert to the Bilifou-Bilifou Association, which is active in Burkina Faso in the areas of education, spirulina farming, micro-credit and surgical missions. Proceeds from the concert will support these activities.
Other speakers, including Corinne Momal Vanian, Director of the Information Service of the United Nations, speaking on behalf of Mr. Michael MĂ¸ller, Acting Director-General of the UN and Honorary President of the Orchestra (absent due to work abroad), and Dr. Philippe BĂ©dat, vice-president of the Bilifou-Bilifou Association, completed the formal part of the evening by stressing the importance of this UN musical ensemble, a true ambassador of international Geneva in the service of humanitarian causes.
In the first half of the concert, the young pianist Audrey Vigoureux, based in Geneva and winner of several competitions, regaled the audience with her interpretation of the light Piano Concerto no. 23, leading to applause from the public and an encore of the second movement.
The infrequently performed Great Mass in C minor gave the audience the opportunity to listen to one of the most majestic works of Mozart. It was beautifully sung by the 80 singers of the Spanish Choir, performing in Geneva for the first time. The four young soloists, sopranos Jennifer Kressmann (Germany) and Marion Grange (France), tenor Jeremie SchĂĽtz (Switzerland) and bass Mkhanyiseli Mlombi (South Africa), added to the solemnity of the work, a key emotion shared by the audience.
A great time to be had for the music lovers of Geneva, with the orchestra inspired by its conductor, Antoine Marguier, whose leadership has, once again, instilled a passion in musicians from around the world.