Over one thousand people gathered last Saturday, May 16, at Amsterdam’s Royal Theatre Carré in appreciation of music’s capacity to inspire and connect people across time and place. Eva-Maria Westbroek, world-renowned opera star and ambassador for Musicians without Borders, shone in an inspired performance of Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, presented at her initiative as a benefit for our organization.
This particular performance of Verdi’s famous Requiem was an ode to music’s power to restore hope and dignity to people suffering from war and oppression. Eva-Maria Westbroek and conductor Boudewijn Jansen wished to trace the history of this inspired piece as a life-line for prisoners who performed it in the Theresienstadt concentration camp during World War II. Eva-Maria connected this vision to the present day by dedicating the concert to the work of Musicians without Borders.
We would like to thank the Amsterdam Toonkunst Choir, the North Netherlands Orchestra, conductor Boudewijn Jansen and soloists Eva-Maria Westbroek, Tania Kross, Frank van Aken and Jaco Huijpen for dedicating this performance to MwB as well as contributing the proceeds to our work.