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Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela Makes First U.S. Tour

Philadelphia Orchestra's United States Tour
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 4th Carnegie Hall Tour with CM
San Francisco Girls Chorus Returns from Korea, Beijing & the Forbidden City Music Hall!
Yale Alumni Chorus Brings the Power of Song to South Africa
Classical Movements' 20th Tour with the National Symphony Orchestra
Yale Concert Band Blows Away Brazil
An Italian Quartet
Joie de vivre! - L'Orchestre National de France in London
The University of Maryland Chamber Singers Take 2nd Place in Llangollen Eisteddfod in Wales
Dmitri Hvorostovsky Tours Mexico, U.S., Canada
Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Performs in the Most Prestigious Concert Halls in Brazil
Portland Youth Philharmonic Tours Taiwan and South Korea
Three Musical Cities, One Outstanding Festival
Classical Movements Launches New Choral Festival in South Africa
Melodia! In Scenic Brazil and Argentina
Carnegie Hall Welcomes Minnesota Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Perform in Florida
Joie de vivre! - L'Orchestre National de France in London
Kurt Masur celebrates 80th birthday at the BBC Proms

L'Orchestre National de France and the London Philharmonic Orchestra joined forces for a very unique joint program at BBC's 2007 Proms in London. The occasion was a special one, not merely for the sheer size of forces on hand to perform Tchaikovsky's elegant Serenade for Strings and Bruckner's mighty Symphony No. 7, but for the fact that the celebrated maestro honored with the charge of leading this massive battalion was, himself, celebrating his birthday - his 80th to be exact.

On this extraordinary night, Kurt Masur, who holds principal conductor positions with both ensembles, united the two groups into one colossal assembly that included an unprecedented 12 double basses, legions of brass and a sea of strings and woodwinds. The result was an evening of music that proved to be not just a spectacular show of musical might, but also an artfully crafted display of poise, elegance and subtle nuance. From the masses, Masur successfully milked both triumph and pathos, and acoustically accomplished both the veritable fortified wall-of-sound as well as the poignant pianissimo required of the evening's repertoire.

The ecstatic crowd at Royal Albert Hall cheered their well-wishes to the birthday boy who, in turn, treated his admirers to an encore in the form of Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger. Afterwards, the Maestro was honored by a reception at the French Embassy and awarded the medal of Grand Officier de la Légion d'Honneur.


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