Concert dedicated to Malala Yousafzai launches UNESCO’s 70th anniversary celebrations in Peru.
The UNESCO Office in Peru is pleased to announce the beginning of the activities for the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), with a Gala Concert dedicated to the Pakistani young lady Malala Yousafzai. The event organized by the University of Lima will perform, for the first time in South America, the symphonic piece “Alas (a Malala)”, “Wings to Malala”, composed by Arturo Marquez, Mexican composer.
The Gala Concert to be held on March 24, will feature the participation of prestigious institutions of singing and symphonic music, as the Philharmonic Orchestra of the University of Lima, the National Choir, the National Children's Choir as well as renowned tenors internationally recognized.
Thus, the University of Lima joins the celebrations for UNESCO’s 70th anniversary, since the Organization granted them in 1999, the UNESCO Chair in Communication and Culture of Peace which distinguishes their educational work and incorporates them to a select network of universities worldwide to develop various academic, research and outreach aimed at civil society.
The symphonic piece “Alas (a Malala)” “Wings to Malala” was inspired on the young Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, for her constant struggle for the right to education, freedom and equality in the world. Pillars that are part of UNESCO’s mandates, in pursuit of a better quality of life for humanity.
The concert, to be held at the University’s “Zum Auditorium”, will close off with the interpretation of Carmina Burana cantata, by the German composer Carl Off.
According to Arturo Márquez, composer of “Wings to Malala”, the piece was dedicated to Malala Yousafzai after working together with his daughter, who suggested him to choose the Pakistani young lady due to her history and because she "awakens the consciousness of human beings".
The composition is a tribute to the courage of a girl who fights for education and to open new paths towards a more equal society.