Monday 16 January 2017 – New Year’s Concert 2017


On Monday 16 January 2017, the European Parliamentary Association hosted its traditional New Year’s Concert to wish its members and friends a happy new year. The students of the Superior Academy of Music of Strasbourg, directed by the Austrian conductor Theodor Guschlbauer and by Professor Pierre-Michel Vigneau, played several excerpts of music from different epochs and composers, including:

  • Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1742-1790): Duo pour harpe op. 5. – Allegro, Andante, Allegretto
  • Elias Parish-Alvars (1808-1849): Romance n°20 “L’Adieu”
  • Sergueï Prokofiev (1891-1953): Prélude pour harpe n°7
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937): 1er Mouvement de la Sonatine pour Flûte
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918): 3ème Mouvement de la Sonate pour Flûte, Alto et Harpe
  • John Thomas (1826-1913): Grand Duo pour Harpe en Mi bémol mineur – Adagio
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897): Danse Hongroise n°5 arr. pour 2 harpes

More than 80 people, among whom were numerous MEPs, diplomats and consuls, came to be entertained by the wonderful music of the young musicians. After the concert, a cocktail with Alsatian specialties was served in our Caveau, where our guests enjoyed a comfortable atmosphere.

The performance of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance n. 5, which you can watch below, was particularly appreciated: