Actor Kevin Spacey to Introduce World Peace Orchestra Inaugural Youth
“Play for Peace” Concert at Lincoln Center September 10th
New York, NY • The World Peace Orchestra (WPO) (www.peaceorchestra.org/concert/) is
bringing together more than 100 students from over 50 countries across the globe to perform
in an inaugural classical music concert on September 10, 2013 at Lincoln Center. This sold-out
event will be the only global youth orchestra that combines both classical and ethnic instruments.
WPO is a nonprofit organization that brings together young musical talent from around
the world in its first annual New York City concert to demonstrate how the unifying power of
music can powerfully transcend social and cultural boundaries.
A star-studded evening is planned at Lincoln Center – during the concert, the musicians will be
led by guest Lithuanian conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius and will be joined by world-renowned
violinist Alexander Markov. Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will also be in attendance
to introduce the orchestra. The celebrity host committee also includes Deepak Chopra,
award-winning singers Tony Orlando, Lee Greenwood and Neil Sedaka, astronaut Buzz
Aldrin and Emmy-winning TV and radio host Rita Cosby.
“Participating in the World Peace Orchestra concert represents diversity and the power of what
we can do together to celebrate what unites us,” Spacey said. “Music is universal and I am
honored to get to introduce these fine young musicians.”
The September concert is the culmination of a month-long program run by WPO that is dedicated
to empowering young people from countries around the world, as there will be young
musicians from Iraq, Libya, Rwanda, Haiti, Kenya, Uganda, Georgia, Mexico, Ethiopia,
Vietnam and more, all spreading their message of peace through music and serving as young
leaders in their own communities. For many of the students, especially those from conflict regions,
the program marks their first trip to the United States.
“Regardless of what country you’re from, regardless of your age, ethnicity, or background,
music plays a role in all our lives. WPO’s primary focus is to stimulate harmony between people
by tapping in to their love of music,” says Scott Noppe-Brandon, Spokesperson and Leadership
Team Member at WPO. “The inaugural concert at Lincoln Center is the launching pad
for WPO to grow and bring unique opportunities to young musicians around the world.”
Kevin Spacey Tony Orlando Rita Cosby Deepak Chopra Neil Sedaka
The concert will feature music from: Beethoven’s “Coriolan Overture,” Leonard Bernstein’s
“West Side Story,” Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol,” Astor Piazzolla’s “Libertango,” Vittorio
Monti’s “Czardas,” Edvard Grieg’s “Anitra’s Dance,” “Hava Nagila,” “Hallelujah,” and
“Saba.” J. MASSENET – Meditation from the Opera “Thais” for violin and orchestra N. PAGANINI
– Caprice No. 24, opus 1 for solo violin
“THE ROCK CONCERTO” – for six string electric violin; rock band; symphony orchestra and
choir – Music by Alexander Markov and James V. Remington
For more information, please visit the Lincoln Center website: http://lc.lincolncenter.org/shows/.
About the World Peace Orchestra:
Founded in New York in 2012, the World Peace Orchestra is a unique nonprofit organization
that encourages the growth of budding musical talent in youth from around the world. WPO
celebrates the unity and diversity of global culture through our annual concert featuring over
134 young musicians from 50 countries playing both ethnic and classical instruments.
Follow The World Peace Orchestra on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorldPeaceOrchestra
and on Twitter @WPeaceOrchestra.
• VIP Reception / Red Carpet from 6:45pm to 8:00pm
• Concert Event at Avery Fisher Hall – Lincoln Center to Begin at 8pm.
Media Representations from as far away as Japan, China and Europe will be attending.
For further details:
Coordinating Producer, WPO