Young People's Concert

YOUNG PEOPLE's concert organized by the ORCHESTRE DE L'ALLIANCE
and its patron, the SAFRAN GROUP in partnership with the MINISTRY OF NATIONAL education

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2010 AT 3:30 PM - Salle Gaveau

For the third consecutive year, the Safran Group is patron of a concert given by the Orchestre de l'Alliance, in close partnership with the Ministry of National Education, for 600 pupils from primary and secondary schools of the school boards of Créteil, Paris and Versailles, situated in socially and economically deprived areas. The objective is to offer these children a memorable experience of classical music. Attending a concert at a Parisian venue of such renown will be a brand-new experience for many of them.
With their teachers, they will have previously studied the program to be performed on December 14, and will therefore be able to follow with all more interest the performance of the musicians.

Culture is a source of sharing and integration. This event is intended to be both fun and educational.
It should help these young spectators to understand that music is part of a heritage to which they too belong. The fight against inequality is frequently also a matter of questioning received ideas: classical music should not be considered as something for a privileged few; it is, on the contrary, a common universal treasure.

Civic responsibility is part and parcel of the Safran enterprise culture, and contributing to social cohesion through projects such as this concert is perfectly in tune with the Group's solidarity patronage approach.

Program :
Ludwig van Beethoven, Egmont Overture
Georges Bizet, 1st movement of the Symphony in C
Georges Bizet, Finale of the Symphony in C
Max Bruch, Finale of the Concerto for violin

Orchestre de l'Alliance
Pejman Memarzadeh, conductor
Alexandru Tomescu, violin

The concert will be commented on and explained by Pejman Memarzadeh and the musicians, who will also be answering questions from the pupils at the end of the concert.
The concert will be filmed by La Grosse Production and broadcast in its entirety on the AlloMusic site, on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26 (time to be confirmed) and during the month of January.

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Safran Group, concert patron
Safran invests and participates in the improvement of inner-city life through its two foundations, and by means of its solidarity patronage. This solidarity patronage is characterized by multiple initiatives, a long-term commitment to help those in difficulty, and the interaction of twin social and cultural approaches. Humanism, with its focus on humanity and personal fulfillment, is one of the underlying values of Safran's patronage. The Group tends to favor long-term initiatives, and it is in this light that its partnership with the Orchestre de l'Alliance has allowed it to put on 6 solidarity concerts in aid of Neurodon (brain pathologies), ELA (European Leukodystrophy Association), Aviation Sans Frontières, the Fondation d'Auteuil, the French Red Cross and Fidesco. The Safran Group has also initiated a strong partnership with the French Ministry of National Education which has enabled it, for the third consecutive year, to offer the pupils of the three Parisian school boards to attend a special concert played by the 40 musicians of the Orchestre de l'Alliance, accompanied by the virtuoso solo violinist, Alexandru Tomescu.

Orchestre de l'Alliance
Having developed over a period of 15 years a degree of artistic and operational know-how that was the foundation of the success of the Orchestre des Musiciens de la Prée, it is today by pursuing with constancy the same artistic and humanistic ideal that the Orchestre de l'Alliance continues to underpin its identity by defining as its foundation social solidarity and quality. The musicians of this ensemble are award-winning young professionals from the top European schools of music, along with a number of international competition winners. The Orchestra, through this educational concert, maintains the commitment that has already made it possible to donate concert receipts of over €425,000 in four years to 16 charitable associations from the annual "Seasons of Solidarity" concerts at the Salle Gaveau.

Pejman Memarzadeh, conductor
Founder of the Orchestre l'Alliance and trained cellist, Pejman Memarzadeh is a graduate of the Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, where he obtained a Diplôme Supérieur avec les Grandes Distinctions ("Higher Degree with Honors"). Over the course of his many musical collaborations and experiences, Pejman Memarzadeh turned towards orchestral conducting. He studied harmony and analysis with Solange Robin-Chiapparin, honorary professor at the C.N.S.M., Paris. Having been spotted and advised by Philippe Entremont, and encouraged by Miguel Angel Estrella, he has also been one of the main conductors of the Orchestre pour la Paix. He regularly performs both in France and abroad, and has been called upon to conduct many soloists including Olivier Charlier, Bruno Pasquier, Jean-Philippe Collard, Julius Berger, Gérard Poulet, Gary Hoffman, Sergei Salov, Sarah Nemtanu, Romain Leleu, Nemanja Radulovic and Laure Favre-Kahn.

Alexandru Tomescu, violon
Born in Bucharest, Alexandru Tomescu was educated in this city at the Georges Enesco School until 1995, when he transferred to the Bucharest Conservatory, into the class of Master Stefan Gheorghiu. He is the winner of many international competitions, including the N. Paganini in Italy in 1995, Tibor Varga in Switzerland in 1997 and George Enescu in Romania in 1999. He is also a prize winner in over 100 national and 26 international competitions. Alexandru Tomescu has performed in some of the World's greatest concert halls: Carnegie Hall (New York), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), the Berlin Philharmonic, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Tokyo Arts Center, and as a soloist with prestigious orchestras and under the baton of such famous conductors as Kurt Masur, Valery Gergiev and Christophe Eschenbach. Since 2007, Alexandru Tomescu has been playing one of the last ten violins in the world created by the famous violin maker, Antonio Stradivari, entrusted to his care by the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Patrimony.

Media contacts

Safran Patronage, Véronique Faivre : -
Safran, Catherine Malek : 01 40 60 80 28 –
Orchestre de l'Alliance, Hugo Biancheri : -

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