Classical music concerts to raise funds for WYD 2011


Organizers for World Youth Day Madrid 2011 announced a series of concerts featuring classical masterpieces which will be held to raise funds impoverished youths wanting to attend the global youth event next year.

Spotlighting works from composers such as Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninov,  a series of four concerts will take place between October of 2010 and June of 2011, courtesy of the non-profit Excellence Foundation. Proceeds from the shows will benefit the Solidarity Fund, which will work to cover expenses for youth from disadvantaged nations who want to attend World Youth Day.

Event organizers reported on July 14 that the concerts are one of many cultural initiatives that will take place within the next year in Madrid to prepare for and finance the worldwide event next August.

Masterpieces such as Beethovan's 5th Symphony, Bach's “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” and Handel's “Messiah” will be led by a variety of international conductors such as Janos Kovacs, Stephen Layton, Darrell Ang and Cristóbal Soler.

The four concerts will take place at the National Auditorium in Madrid and will feature several orchestras, including the Orquesta Clásica Santa Cecilia, the European Royal Ensemble and the Orquesta Filarmónica Excelentia.

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