May 9th, Europe Day 2019, marks a special moment for the EUYO with three international events taking place across Europe & Asia on the same day, a unique moment in the Orchestra’s history.
Following a highly successful Spring Tour, the EUYO annual celebrations for Europe Day include the announcing of a new partnership in Romania with Musica Ricercata, and events in Bologna, Italy, and Yangon, Myanmar, reaching opposite sides of the globe with the power of young people, music and international collaboration.
- EUYO signs a partnership agreement in Sibiu, Romania with Musica Ricercata, a dynamic new orchestra bringing together young European musicians, during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and on the occasion of the EU heads of state Europe Day 2019 meeting in Sibiu;
- An EUYO wind ensemble celebrates Europe Day by performing in Bologna, Italy, at the Legislative Assembly of Emilia Romagna region as part of the Europe Direct and EuLab programme;
- An EUYO string and piano ensemble performs a Europe Day concert celebration in Yangon, Myanmar, at the invitation of the Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar and the Orchestra for Myanmar, alongsidethe Orchestra for Myanmar, and the New Children's Choir.
Musica Ricercata Partnership
On May 9th, on the occasion of the celebrations of Europe Day, the European Union Youth Orchestra and Musica Ricercata sign a two year partnership agreement to help develop the work of this new Romanian orchestra. Musica Ricercata gathers the finest young musicians from all over Europe to perform exciting musical programmes, spanning from the baroque to modern times, employing modern as well as old instruments.
“It is with particular pleasure that the European Union Youth Orchestra enters into a partnership agreement with Musica Ricercata during the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and on the occasion of the EU heads of state Europe Day 2019 meeting in Sibiu, Romania, the home of Musica Ricercata”, says the Secretary General of the Orchestra, Marshall Marcus. “Our agreement will enable EUYO musicians from all over the EU to help Musica Ricercata develop and advance its work, promoting the circulation of European musicians and works of art, increasing pan-European cooperation, and helping to develop this innovative and enterprising Romanian music ensemble”.
Conductor Gabriel Bebeșelea, artistic and technical director of Musica Ricercata commented, “When the ensemble Musica Ricercata was born, our main goals were to assemble the finest musicians from all over Europe, to research and bring to light neglected or long forgotten musical masterpieces of our common cultural heritage through our musical projects. The partnership between Musica Ricercata and the European Union Youth Orchestra starts a new chapter in achieving our goals by enabling our core musicians to bond with fellow musicians from all over the continent, to exchange experiences and share their European cultural identity with audiences all over the continent. This partnership helps us grow and develop on all levels and our musical research and innovative artistic projects will get a new dimension of involvement. Personally, I do not believe in coincidences, so the fact that we officially inaugurate this important partnership on the day of the Informal European Council 2019 - which takes place in Sibiu, where our headquarters are located and where the Musica Ricercata Festival takes place - to me is a sign that we are to achieve our goals in the context of a United Europe.”
Future joint projects include EUYO cooperation in BaRockIN Transylvania, a series of concerts that will take place in June 2019 in Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Brașov, Mediaș, and Bucharest, Romania, performing well-known baroque music alongside rediscovered age-old compositions discovered in local archives, and transcribed and performed for the first time in modern times.
On May 9th, to celebrate Europe Day in Italy, the European Union Youth Orchestra will take part in the celebrations of the Legislative Assembly of Emilia Romagna region, in Bologna, Italy with a wind quintet, which is also performing in the week of Europe Day in Ferrara for the EUYO’s Orchestra in Città initiative.
The Bologna event will have institutional keynote speakers as well as the presentation of the social media campaign of EuLab, a European communication laboratory of the Department of Political Sciences of the University of Bologna, and the EurHope2019 photography prize award.
On May 9th, the EUYO performs in an open rehearsal at the Goethe Institute in preparation for a performance on Friday, 10 May. The Delegation of the European Union to Myanmar hosts the second “EU Meets Myanmar” concert at the historical and luxurious Strand Hotel Ballroom in Yangon.
Held as part of the Europe Day celebrations in Myanmar, the concert aims to promote unity in diversity through the universal language of music. Five alumni from the European Union Youth Orchestra – Amalie Kjældgaard Christensen (violin), Herlinde Verjans (violin), Sofie van der Schalie (viola), Tonka Javorović (cello) and Fionnuala Ward (piano) – will play as an EU group, and also together with local musicians from the Orchestra for Myanmar, the New Children’s Choir, and The Strand Singers.
As EU Ambassador Kristian Schmidt said, “Music is a powerful bridge between cultures, traditions and nations. Every year, on the 9th of May, we mark Europe Day to celebrate peace and unity throughout the European Union. Through the concert, we hope to share this uplifting spirit and the warmth of Europe to all people in Myanmar.”