Lang Lang feat. Youth Orchestra of Bahia
The much-heralded Chinese pianist Lang Lang has inspired a number of concerts at the Southbank Center this summer. Among his performances will be a show with the Youth Orchestra of Bahia, last seen kicking up a storm at the same venue last year.
The Brazilian state of Bahia is known everywhere for its musicality and there is nothing new about that. What many people don’t know is that Bahia is hosting a musical revolution that is changing the lives of young people and the image of symphonic music of Brazil abroad. Only four years since it’s inception, the Youth Orchestra of Bahia (YOBA), a product of the program NEOJIBA (The State Youth and Children’s Orchestras Centers of Bahia), was the first Brazilian youth orchestra to perform in Europe, in July 2010. Now, young musicians from YOBA prepare to return to London in May, where they will represent Brazil at one of the major concert halls in the world, alongside a phenomenon of current classical music. On May 21st, the Youth Orchestra of Bahia will be Brazil’s first symphony orchestra to perform with Chinese pianist Lang Lang at the Royal Festival Hall.
The concert of the Youth Orchestra of Bahia with Lang Lang is part of the Lang Lang Inspires project, promoted by the Southbank Centre. The invitation was made after YOBA’s successful show in London, during the Festival Brazil, in July 2010. “We are absolutely delighted to be inviting YOBA to return to London for a performance at Southbank Centre, where young artists are at the heart of our work. After the Orchestra’s success last year in our Festival Brazil, we are looking forward to their performance in the iconic Royal Festival Hall as part of our Lang Lang Inspires project”, says Marshall Marcus, Head of Music of the Southbank Centre.
“Among the many youth orchestras in the world, YOBA was chosen to participate in the Lang Lang Inspires project. Besides performing with Lang Lang, the orchestra will have contact with musicians such as Misha Maisky and Vadim Repin. It is gratifying to realize the scope and influence that the pioneering work, developed in Bahia, has won internationally”, says pianist Ricardo Castro, founder and general director of NEOJIBA.
To conduct the concert, following the idea of having young musicians at the centre of the presentation, the 17 year-old Venezuelan conductor Ilyich Rivas has been invited to perform with YOBA a repertoire consisting of works by Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin, Ottorino Respighi and Fryderyk Chopin. In the 2009/10 season, Rivas made his professional debut in the US, conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in a summer festival concert to great critical acclaim. In the 2011 season, he will make his debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, as part of their subscription series, under the direction of the future director of São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop. Ilyich Rivas also served as conductor of the YouTube Orchestra project, performing in Sydney in 2010. Rivas will be in Brazil between May 2nd and 12th and will perform with the Youth Orchestra of Bahia in Salvador, on the 11th, at the Teatro Castro Alves.
“It may seem like much, but this is only the beginning of a great year for our Youth Orchestra of Bahia. In the second half of 2011 YOBA already has scheduled concerts at the Victoria Hall in Geneva and on the opening of the Young Euro Classic Festival, at the Konzerthalle in Berlin, besides debuting at the Mozarteum Brasileiro Series in the Sala São Paulo”, concludes maestro Ricardo Castro.
Saturday 21st May