On Monday, January 20, Marin Alsop conducts “An International Call for Unity and Joy,” the Opening Concert of the World Economic Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. One of the only artists to headline two consecutive Opening Concerts at the Forum’s Annual Meeting, the conductor leads the European Union Youth Orchestra, Brazil’s São Paulo Symphony Orchestra Choir and an international quartet of vocal soloists in the Scherzo and Finale from Beethoven’s Ninth (“Choral”) Symphony. Featuring a new Brazilian Portuguese text for the Ode to Joy, this performance forms part of “All Together: A Global Ode to Joy,” Alsop’s yearlong, worldwide celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary.
Marin Alsop returns to Davos after last year’s World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, at which she not only led her all-female Taki Concordia Orchestra in the world premiere of Anna Clyne’s Restless Oceans but was recognized for her championship of diversity in music with the Forum’s prestigious Crystal Award. Previous recipients of the award include Sir David Attenborough, Margaret Atwood and Sir Elton John.
This year’s Opening Concert is scheduled to begin at 6:15pm CET, when it will stream live. The live stream can be found here.