In July 2022, the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova supported the organisation of a series of classical music concerts. The events aimed to celebrate unity through art as an answer to the war in Ukraine. Musicians from seven countries around the world gave exceptional performances within the European Year of Youth communication campaign.

“We celebrate unity through art and culture as a response to the war in Ukraine. People of culture and artists from all over the world, including those from the Republic of Moldova, must mobilize and send a message of solidarity and compassion, a message that opposes the creation to destruction, a message that supports art versus war”,

mentioned the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Jānis Mažeiks.

The series of concerts was launched on 22 July, at the Organ Hall from Chisinau, where classical music lovers enjoyed a spectacular concert by Brahms performed on the Stradivarius violin dated from 1716, an instrument from the collection of the National Bank of Switzerland. The concerts continued the next day, on July 23, with an outdoor show in Butuceni, Orhei, where 70 talented young people performed well-known classical masterpieces under the baton of conductor Cristian Spataru.

On 27 July, the magic of classical music gathered hundreds of people in the courtyard of Digital Park from Chisinau. The lovers of classical music experienced a spectacular show performed by 110 talented young people from Europe, Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine. The orchestra conducted by Gabriel Bebeselea, main conductor of the Cluj and Bucharest Philharmonics, performed “Ode to Joy” – known also as the Ninth Symphony – one of most famous compositions of Ludwig van Beethoven, which is also the anthem of the European Union.

The concerts culminated with a performance show organised in the courtyard of the Tighina Fortress. Young musicians conducted by Andriano Marian offered a unique interpretation of film soundtracks, performing the famous soundtracks of the Oscar films.

The concerts were organised in the context of the European Year of Youth, with the support of the European Union.