“Music is a higher revelation
than all wisdom and philosophy.
Music is the electrical soil
in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.”
~ Ludwig van Beethoven ~
“Music can capture a wide range of feelings,
go to the essence of things and speak to the soul.
It has the power to bind us together and strengthen our sense of community
through shared emotions.”
~ Secretary-General Kofi Annan ~
Dear visitors and friends of music,
Music plays an important role as a cultural diplomacy instrument to improve intercultural communication and cooperation between the peoples of the world. It contributes to international cooperation and cross-cultural understanding. The universal characteristic of music in its capacity to express man’s deepest emotions and its ability to transcend boundaries can create relationships between people from different backgrounds and opposing beliefs. The former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan once said: “ …in a world of diversity where often values clash, music leaps across language barriers and unites people of quite different cultural backgrounds. And so, through music, all peoples can come together to make the world a more harmonious”. With these words, the Secretary-General highlighted the potential of music for building trust and understanding.
IMK tries to overcome geographical, cultural, economic and political barriers by music; – about 200 concerts a year are organized. So it´s on all of us to reach that goal, by the commitment of our wonderful artists, conductors, friends and supporters and finally on you – the audience.
Lean back, close your eyes, open your heart, enjoy the music – and your soul will rise.
MR Mag. Talieh Wögerbauer