German chancellor Merkel sponsors Baltic Youth Philharmonic

Posted on: July 21, 2011

Thursday (7/21) on his ArtsJournal blog Slipped Disc, Norman Lebrecht writes, “In the thick of the biggest currency crisis for a generation, the German chancellor has found time to announce her personal sponsorship of the Baltic Youth Philharmonic. The orchestra consists of 90 students from around the seaboard. They are rehearsing Prokofiev 5th this week in Kaunas, Lithuania, ahead of a grand tour. Kristjan Järvi is the founder and artistic director. Angela Merkel’s personal support is a massive morale booster for the students and a money-raiser all the way round the region. It shows that the German leader really cares what her kids are getting up to this summer.” You can read the source article in German on the Neue Musikzeitung website.

Posted July 21, 2011