We invite you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Anthem for the United Nations with an event-concert at the Palau de la Música Catalana. The Franz Schubert Philharmonic and the Orfeó Català, conducted by Maestro Tomàs Grau, will perform the Hymn that the United Nations commissioned from Pau Casals, as well as the Concerto for two violins in D minor by Bach and the Hymn to the ‘Joy of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere of the Anthem for the United Nations with lyrics by the poet W.H. They hear that Secretary General U-Thant commissioned Pau Casals. At the same ceremony, on October 24, 1971, the United Nations Peace Medal was awarded to Pau Casals, at the headquarters of the General Assembly in New York. His speech of gratitude, improvised and emotional became a historical moment of reference, starring a universal Catalan.
Casals defended peace as a priority goal. He contrasted music, which expressed the good and the best of humanity, with war, which for him was the worst. After World War II he protested in silence that the Allies maintained the dictatorship of General Franco. And in this context of the Cold War and the nuclear threat, he mobilized for peace and democracy until the end of his life.
50 YEARS OF THE SPEECH OF
PAU CASALS IN THE UNITED NATIONS
Sunday 24 of October at 18:30h
Palau de la Música Catalana
Anthem for the United Nations
Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Ninth Symphony in D minor, op. 125, 4th movement “Hymn to Joy”
Eugenia Boix, soprano
Marta Infante, mezzosoprano
Joan Francesc Folqué, tenor
Josep-Ramon Olivé, baritone
Benjamín Scherer, violin soloist
María Sanz, violin soloist
(Simon Halsey, artistic conductor; Pablo Larraz, conductor)
Franz Schubert Filharmonia
Tomàs Grau, conductor