Maestro Valery Gergiev leads the World Orchestra for Peace in a tribute to the late Sir Georg Solti on Friday, October 19 at Carnegie Hall—just two days before the 100th anniversary of the influential conductor's birth. Highlighting the late conductor's outstanding ability to identify and nurture talented young singers and instrumentalists, the concert features renowned soloists soprano Angela Gheorghiu and bass René Pape, as well as alumni musicians of the Solti Accademia and Solti Foundation US.
The Solti Centennial Concert, the first to be given by the World Orchestra for Peace in the US, presents a tribute by the participating artists to the memory of one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The program has been devised as a musical journey through Solti's life, performed by the only orchestra he founded, with solo artists helped by him during his life and young artists from the key organizations that represent his legacy.
Including footage from Sir Georg Solti's surprise 80th birthday concert at Buckingham Palace in 1992 (which partly inspired him to form the orchestra), this documentary marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the World Orchestra for Peace by Solti in 1995.
Complementing this special performance in New York City and the one that follows in Chicago—and in honor of this 100th anniversary—Decca will release 100 CDs drawn from Sir Georg's remarkable discography, including a deluxe exclusive limited edition of his legendary Ring recording, and additional sets of his Wagner, Verdi, Strauss, Mozart, and Bartók recordings.
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