The Orpheon Foundation harbours a collection classified as unique in the world. The sound produced by the instruments of the collection represent a living and endearing cultural patrimony, which we endeavour to share with a wider public throughout the world. In recognition of the significance of the collection and its work, the European Commission for Culture awarded Orpheon in 2007 a substantial grant as part of its cultural projects in music, thus making possible the realisation of a series of exhibitions, concerts and courses. Beginning in the spring of 2007 the collection was presented as an exhibition successively in Vienna, at the Abbaye de Noirlac (France), Salzburg and at the Castle of Kremsegg.
But music knows no borders! In 2008 the new wave of exhibitions will begin, with Spain as our first stop. There are plans for the colletion to travel overseas: China, South America, Abu Dhabi. Concerts, guided visits, conferences and master classes are regularly associated with these exhibitions, because the instruments are there to be heard. There is, in fact, a special, well-developed programme for young audiences of school age and conservatory students, who are the future inheritors of these treasures.
We would hope that you, too, will be interested in bringing the collection to your city or region, for the pleasure of professional musicians, instrument-makers, as well as lovers of music of all ages. Please contact us for further details.
Cuenca, Spain: Parador Nacional – Program & Photos
Salzburg, Austria: 20 September – November 4, 2007
(Supported by a grant of the European Union Culture-2000 Mozart-Call)