Setting Europe to Music
There will be something for everybody during the weekend of the EU's 50th birthday celebrations, as Europeans get together to the rhythms of jazz, pop, rock and classical music in concerts across the continent.
Stars from all over the Union will be meeting to enjoy the EU’s birthday party in Brussels. Zucchero, Axelle Red, Simply Red, Hooverphonic, Carla Bruni, The Scorpions, Helmut Lotti, Kim Wilde, Las Ketchup, Nadiya, Lou Bega and many others will come together for an evening of pop at the Atomium. Across town, the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at the Palais des Beaux-Arts, while some of Europe's best jazzmen will be dotted around the city performing at ‘Jazz in Europe now!’. The Jacky Terrasson Trio, Aka Moon, the 18-year-old sensation Gabor Bolla and his quartet are some of the top bands who will enchant you with their blue notes.
In Portugal, more than 220 'bandas' will open their concerts throughout the country by playing the Europe Anthem all at the same time. In Germany, musicians from all 27 EU countries take to the road to play in 50 German cities. Were you born on 25 March? If so, you are invited to a special concert of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe in Luxembourg.
The EU is not new to supporting musical events. The recent Brxl Bravo Festival (Brussels, 2-4 March) and the European Border Breakers Award (EBBA) are just two examples. Most of its financial support comes from Culture 2007.