Thursday 21 May 2020

United in Music: international performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins in aid of UN Refugee Agency

United in Music
At 6pm GMT on 28 May 2020, the violinist Schlomo Mintz will lead a group of international instrumentalists in a virtual performance of Vivaldi's Concerto for Four Violins. The project, United in Music, is to raise funds for the UN Refugee Agency's COVID-19 response (UNHCR), and the performance will be hosted on UNHCR's YouTube channel

The project was initiated by Christine Mori and Alexis Spieldenner of Canadian-based Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts, and now Vivaldi's concerto will be performed by musicians from London, Toronto, Buffalo, New York, San Francisco, Auckland, and Toronto. The soloists in the Vivaldi will be Schlomo Mintz, Carmine Lauri of the London Symphony Orchestra and Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Crow from Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Nikki Chooi from Buffalo Symphony Orchestra.

The programme will also include Mintz's solo rendition of Kreisler's Recitative and Scherzo, and a string version of Rachmaninov's Vocalise performed by young violinists, competition winners and some professors from Albanian, Austria, Australia, Argentine, Brazil, Canada, China, UK, Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Holland, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Singapore, Spain, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, USA and South Korea. Each instrumentalist will rehearse and record in their own home.

You can contribute to UNHCR's fund-raiser by donating at, and the concert will be on UNHCR's YouTube channel.

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