Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Music+ Matters: Classical Music Born Of Northern California And The "Potomac Primaries" Heads To Carnegie Hall; WTO 'Approves' Ukraine's Membership

In case you haven't been paying attention to the classical music primaries and to international economic and social integration and inequality and poverty reduction developments:

Thursday, February 7, 2008 at 8 PM, Carnegie Hall
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin, Music Director and Conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Piano
Mason Bates, Electronics

MASON BATES Liquid Interfaces (NY Premiere)
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2 in A Major
MUSSORGSKY Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)


Saturday, February 9, 2008 at 8 PM, Carnegie Hall
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop, Music Director and Conductor
Colin Currie, Percussion

R. STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche
STEVEN MACKEY Time Release (NY Premiere)
DEBUSSY Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite (1919 version)


Classical WETA-FM, so-called public radio in "Greater Washington".


"The General Council today [5 February] paved the way for Ukraine’s membership in the World Trade Organization by approving its accession terms. Ukraine will have to ratify the deal by 4 July 2008 and would become a WTO member 30 days after the ratification.

“Ukraine’s WTO membership will strengthen the multilateral trading system and provide this country with a stable and predictable trade environment that will boost its growth and prosperity. I am particularly pleased to welcome to the WTO President Victor Yushchenko, whose personal commitment to his country’s accession was a major factor in the successful outcome to these negotiations.” declared Director-General Pascal Lamy.

Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko declared “Ukraine’s membership to the WTO is truly an historic moment and is a decisive milestone in the development of our economy. We are convinced that our efforts will yield results and allow us to build closer economic ties worldwide.”

Ukraine applied for WTO membership in 1993, and the Working Party concluded the negotiations on 25 January 2008 under the chairmanship of Chile’s Ambassador Mario Matus. The General Council approved the Working Party report, the market access schedules on goods and services, the General Council Decision and the Protocol of Accession."

In center, Ukraine’s President Victor Yushchenko and WTO's Director-General Pascal Lamy.

Photo credit: (c) World Trade Organization Electronic Press/511 via the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation. All rights reserved.


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