MONDAY, 08 MAY 2017, 7.30 PM
Pianist Imogen Cooper and clarinetist Fabrizio Meloni joined with the Human Rights Orchestra and conductor Alessio Allegrini to perform a benefit concert at KKL Lucerne, Switzerland, in support of two humanitarian organizations, SOFEDAPI and EQUIPO NIZKOR.
Riccardo Panfili "Per ognuno di noi..." (World premiere)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No.25 in C major, KV 503
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Felix Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56, "Scottish"
Based in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, SOFEPADI promotes and defends the rights of women and families. They care for women and girls who are survivors of sexual violence by providing medical and psychological care, legal support, school reintegration, and socio-economic training and counseling. They are engaged in a number of advocacy efforts nationally and internationally, including the International Campaign to Stop Rape in Conflict launched by the Nobel Women’s Initiative.
EQUIPO NIZKOR tackles impunity and its harmful consequences on society. Impunity generates corruption and subverts the moral and ethical foundations of civil society. Our concert supported their representation in Bolivia of the indigenous rights of the Assembly of the Guarani People of Itika Guasu.
OUR GUEST SOLOISTS
"Per ognuno di noi..."
scored for clarinet, percussion, and strings
Commissioned by Musicians For Human Rights for the Human Rights Orchestra, Riccardo Panfili's “Per ognuno di noi…” is inspired by a poem of Franco Fortini written in 1955 and titled “Complicità”. It is a reflection upon the responsibility of all of us for the state of the world and the suffering of many of our fellow human beings, a tragedy and disgrace that Mr. Panfili describes as, “…generations of nameless minorities excluded from the privileges of history.”
Franco Fortini (1955)
In a note to this poem Fortini wrote: "Press information: In the Ruhr, a number of workers returning from Nazi concentration camps tried to remove the numbers tattooed on their arms so that they could not be identified in the workplace as having been part of the Resistance or antifacists."
For each one of us who forgets
there is a worker in the Ruhr who slowly
erases himself along with the numbers
which had been carved on his arm
by his masters and ours.
For each one of us who gives up
a miner in the Asturias will have to
believe in a violet and silver silk
and an Algerian woman will dream
of being a coward but happy.
For each one of us who gives in
there lives a sad kid who does not realize
how much he is going to hate his existence.
This concert was sponsored by CONCORDIA Insurances, Switzerland.