Cooperation with Rotary Orchestra - June 2023

The Rotary Orchester Deutschland (ROD) is the only national orchestra within Rotary International, a global network of more than 1.2 million members committed to community service. The full scale symphonic orchestra was founded in 1996 and consists of some 80 accomplished lay musicians. Headed by professional conductors, it gathers about 3 times a year for a week of rehearsals and two consecutive concerts at various locations, each time hosted by the local Rotary Clubs. The orchestra members carry all costs of their travel and accommodation themselves. The net returns of the concerts go into charity projects chosen by the hosting clubs.


In June 2021 the orchestra had planned to come to the city of Aachen/DE. Jointly hosted by the Aachen Rotary clubs, the orchestra was to give an open air concert June 20th on the Katschhof, the spectacular square between the Cathedral and the old Townhall, as part of the accompanying programme of the 2021 Aachen Pilgrimage. With the Aachen concert the orchestra was to celebrate its 25th birthday!


In February 2021 the 2021 Aachen Pilgrimage and the concert were called off due to the development of the COVID-19 pandemia and postponed to June 2023. The program will basically be a "copy-and-paste" of the original plan for 2021.


The concert will have a lot to do with WBYO:

  1. Returns of the Aachen concert will go to the further development of WBYO, a project that has been supported by several Aachen Rotary clubs from the beginning.
  2. The conductor will be Desar Sulejmani, who is a regular guest conductor for the ROD as well as initiator and art director of WBYO.
  3. Six young musicians of WBYO, each coming from a different country of the Western Balkans, are invited to participate in the rehearsals and concerts in Aachen and Maastricht.

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