The goal of the IHRF Concert Classic is to enhance public awareness of human rights and support concrete human rights projects.
Within the IHRF three benefit concerts took place in the KKL Lucerne, in which the Human Rights Orchestra (HRO) performed together with internationally renowned soloists under the conduction of Alessio Allegrini.
The HRO is the principal ensemble of Musicians for Human Rights (MfHR), an organization founded by the hornist and conductor Alessio Allegrini in spring 2009 in collaboration with a renowned patronage committee in which Antonio Abreu, Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Giorgio Battistelli, Julian Fifer, Hélène Grimaud, Daniel Harding, Diego Matheuz and Sir Simon Rattle participate and to which Claudio Abbado was associated.
The Human Rights Orchestra is comprised of musicians from numerous orchestras who all volunteer their services, including Berlin Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome, Orchestra Mozart in Bologna, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, and the orchestras of the opera houses La Scala in Milan and La Fenice in Venice, among many others.
The mission of Musicians for Human Rights (MfHR) is to promote a culture of human rights and to help improve the lives of individuals and communities in need. Through concerts, residencies and teaching, MfHR seeks to immerse children in an environment of cooperation, diversity, respect, hope, and nonviolence, and to raise public awareness of the gulf between the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and present-day circumstances. Thereby, the HRO as an orchestra pursues the same goals as the IHRF Concert Classic.