On the 9th of December 2019 at the Théâtre de l’Hôtel Plaza in Brussels, the IYMF presented its gala concert “Al di là di Noi”.
Since its creation in 1992 in Brussels, IYMF has used artistic expressions as a tool for bringing together the cultures of the world and has produced a European brand of high-level multicultural concerts, presenting unique stage concepts that combine different artistic forms in an innovative way. Since 1993, it has also established an informal arts education network in Europe called the MUS-E programme (600 artists from all disciplines and cultures working in more than 400 primary schools and reaching more than 30,000 children each year through their art) with the aim of encouraging the social inclusion of children from all cultures through the practice of art in all its forms.
These artistic, educational and cultural activities are unique in their development and are mutually enriched by the daily practice of artists in schools, their multicultural experience, the celebration on stage of the richness of cultures, and the reflection on cultural diversity that goes hand in hand with a reflection on the protection of these cultures and their enhancement.
In this spirit, on Monday 9 December 2019 in Brussels, our Foundation presented an original concert entitled “AL DI LA DI NOI” (beyond us), whose purpose is to illustrate on stage how the most elaborate classical music can open up to world music and create an inspiring exchange for musicians and the public, while highlighting the richness of each culture, thanks to the encounter of classical musicians and musicians from the Italian popular tradition. The concert included works by composers that Yehudi Menuhin particularly appreciated, such as Johann Sebastian Bach. It also opened up to the world of jazz that our Maestro had approached thanks to his friendship with Stéphane Grappelli, or to the seductive universe of Astor Piazzolla, reinterpreted by the violinist and guest of honour Alessandro Quarta. The concert was preceded by a reception and a dinner.
As part of this concert, IYMF partnered with Outhere Music and MUS-E Italia and received sponsorship from the Italian Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium. The event was attended by high representatives of the European institutions and other international personalities.