Superheroes and Other Screen Favorites
Our 2019 concert is going to focus on film scores of the recent past from Hollywood. It will be an homage to superheroes, heroes of the wild west, gladiators, and other beloved adventurers. We are planning to perfom John Williams's classic score to Superman, James Newton Howard's suite to Batman, The Dark Knight, John Barry's epic music to Academy Award winning Dances with Wolves, Hans Zimmer's gripping scores to Gladiator and Man of Steel. Based on the success of our concerts in the previous two years, we are expecting a full house of enthusiastic audience. You can find videos of our previous concerts here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSFfDhxpld3jbBkg-3Xal5w
Thematic concerts: learning through fun and helping those in need
Our concerts aim to introduce young people to the world of symphonic music by offering programs which combine classical repertoire pieces along with popular music such as film score suites or musicals. Our concert in 2017 was titled "Tales from Around the World and Beyond" in which we performed music by classical composers such as Carl Nielsen or Edvard Grieg, alongside symphonic suites of "The Lord of the Rings Trilogy", and excerpts from the score of "Game of Thrones" and "Pirates of the Caribbean". In 2018, our concert programme was organized around various musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's perhaps most famous play, "Romeo and Juliet". We played music from Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet suite, two arias from operas by Vincenzo Bellini and Charles Gounod, Nino Rota's famous film score to Franco Zeffirelli's film, and excerpts from Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story", celebrating the 100th anniversary of the composer's birth. Every one of our concerts was a huge success, and the enthusiastic response on both the audience's and the musicians' part has provided a great inspiration for us to continue. The concerts are also meant to serve as charity events, in which we collects donations for local charity organizations. In 2017, our choice of charity was an organization called "Bike Mafia", whose members provide people in abject poverty with food, clothes, and other bare essentials. Last year, we raised money for an educational organization called "Knowldege is Power", whose main profile is to help underprivileged youth get access to education and proper training.
In the academic year 2016/17, I was inivted to coordinate a student project at the University of Debrecen, Hungary under the aegis of the P2P: Challenging Extremism (later Digital Challenge) international student program. My students created a group called Zerophobia, which organized awareness raising programs against xenophobia, racism, hate-speech throughout the academic year. The programs included an international potluck, a street-art event, and later we also developed an educational workshop specifically for teenagers aiming to raise their awareness of the central role of language and communication. The most successful of our programs, however, were two symphonic concerts (under my musical direction), which we organized as charity events and as a meeting place for members of the local international community. The events proved a success in terms of charity donations as well as artistic value, so both our audience and the participating musicians are eager for us to continue, which we would be happy to do, provided we get proper funding. The concerts last year were funded from the budget of the P2P project, which is no longer available for us.
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