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Youth Orchestra celebrates the world’s children

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The World Youth Orchestra is composed of 40 talented musicians from 26 nations.

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By Kun Li

NEW YORK, 10 June 2005 – On Thursday night, UNICEF and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations hosted the World’s Youth Orchestra in the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall. The group of 40 young musicians from 26 countries dedicated their concert to the children of the world.

The orchestra, conducted by Maestro Damiano Giuranna, performed several musical numbers written by Mozart. Maestro Giruranna said that the orchestra chose the 18th century composer’s music because “Mozart’s the eternal child. He was above and beyond all borders and national influences.”

The members of the orchestra are from a cross-section of countries including Turkey, Israel, Honduras, United States and China.

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The concert was held at the United Nations’ General Assembly Hall on 8 June, 2005.

The blend of cultures that make up the orchestra is as richly diverse as the music they play.

“Every culture has their own music and some of the music we play on this tour represents different cultures, which is really interesting. And there is also music that is played all over the world and not specific to one area,” said orchestra member, Sarah Crocker, USA.

Since its conception on 15 September, 2001, the orchestra itself has been an instrument of peace – playing concerts around the world.

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Conducted by Maestro Damiano Giuranna, the orchestra performed several musical numbers by Mozart.

“Everything is peaceful inside the orchestra. There is agreement about everything and no arguments. We play together, we do everything together - that resembles peace,” said orchestra member Netanel Draiblate, Israel. “If the peace processes going on in the world would operate the same way as we do, then the world would be a much better place to live in.”

UNICEF staff and board members attended the concert and were greatly impressed by the performance.

“Every note they play is a beacon of hope and expression of compassion and responsibility toward our fellow human beings,” remarked UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah. “These gifted young musicians remind us of all that is possible when people set aside their differences and join forces for a greater good.”

H.E. Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, President of the Italian Republic, recently awarded the orchestra with a silver medal and plaque for their good work in the name of world peace.




8 June 2005
UNICEF Correspondent Kun Li reports on the World Youth Orchestra’s concert at the United Nations.

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