Durban concert for peace, unity and tolerance

Durban concert for peace, unity and tolerance

April 2015

A unique collaboration between Paris-based Alma Chamber Orchestra and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) will use the power of music to help unite citizens of Africa, in a concert that will raise funds for victims of xenophobic attacks.

This performance is the second of three in the concert series, and takes place on Thursday 23 April 2015 at Durban’s City Hall, which is home to one of South Africa’s leading orchestras, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO). Presented by The Ichikowitz Family Foundation and The Alma Nostra Foundation in Paris, the concert will feature the collaboration between KZNPO and 49-piece Alma Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances by solo violinist Anne Gravoin, Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and conductor Lionel Bringuier.

The Durban programme pays homage to those suffering during the recent spate of xenophobic attacks across the country, and will include works that bring the message of a common humanity across to the masses.

As part of the nation’s outreach initiatives, The Ichikowitz Family Foundation have pledged to donate proceeds from the Durban concert in support of relief aid for victims of xenophobia.

Chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation, Ivor Ichikowitz says: “The liberation struggle in South Africa would not have been possible without the sacrifices of all our neighbours. The resolution of the highly complex differences that we had in South Africa came about due to dialogue and because of people finding each other. Music is one of many ways that our Foundation is helping to create conversations and we are very privileged to bring together these amazing performers to convey a message of peace and unity on such a historic occasion.”

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