The International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Belgium, highlighted Spain’s unique musical richness in the framework of the closing event of the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which ran from 1st July to 31 December 2023.
Great soloists of different nationalities from the Brussels Chamber Orchestra came together in a performance of universal music and accompanied the prestigious Spanish cellist, Asier Polo, considered one of the most important cellists of his generation.
The programme was centred on Tomás Bretón (la Gran Jota de la Dolores), Manuel de Falla (Suite popular española), Isaac Albéniz (Cádiz), Arturo Márquez (Danzón N°2) and culminated with a brilliant interpretation of Variations on a Rococo Theme composed by Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky, interpreted by Asier Polo in a masterful and very moving way.
The concert took place in the prestigious Protestant Church of Brussels Museum and gather proeminent guests from both the Spanish Embassy and the International Yehudi Menuhin Foundation. This very special event was supported by private sponsors such as Iberdrola, Unesda, Banque Delen, Finnova and Spanish Chamber of Commerce, as well as by Belgian public authorities.
After the concert, a reception took place in the Palace of Charles de Lorraine, a spectacular place nearby the Chapel, property of the National Library.
The audience was really moved by this outstanding musical performance which ended the year in a spectacular way and which we will remember with deep admiration. Indeed “Music is a therapy, a communication far more powerful than words, far more immediate, far more efficient” as would have said our dear Maestro Menuhin.
Marianne Poncelet, IYMF Executive Vice-President