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Icons of Europe: partner in the TB fight

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A partner of the WHO-housed Stop TB Partnership, Icons of Europe participates in the global fight against.tuberculosis.
Act 5 of "The Composer and the Nightingale":  “La Mort de Chopin”;  detail of print based on an 1885 oil painting by Félix Barrias.  Icons of Europe considers that the woman in white is Jenny Lind. Keats, Weber, Chopin, Tocqueville, Kafka, Orwell and many other Icons died early in their life of TB.  "Their legacy provides an opportunity to call attention to the re-emergence of TB as a massive global challenge in the 21st century."
Cecilia and Jens Jorgensen
Founders and managers, Icons of Europe

The arts:  art music drama publications
and cultural research
2013:  World TB Day 24 March
In the days leading up to WTBD, we participated in the "Challenge the World to Do More on TB" theme by tweeting at @IconsEurope and @ChopinFryderyk and by making three posters for the My Stop TB Interactive website (search: Icons).  For example: "We use the Arts to recall that fighting TB today engages all levels of society - for which goverrnments must provide leadership".
The income of our Chopin biography continues to support TB advocacy.

2013:  Jenny Lind Gala Concert in the UK
The Chopin biography is also being promoted in connection with the Jenny Lind Gala Concert "The Dream of Chopin" at Malvern on 13 July 2013.

2012:  Stanford University / TB and the Arts
Icons of Europe responded with great interest to the invitation by a musicology PhD candidate at Stanford University in California to provide information and insight on the approach of using cultural research and the arts in the fight against TB.

2012:  Donation to miners in Africa
Icons of Europe donated a financial sum to WHO's Stop TB Partnership in support of miners in Southern Africa. They "have [today] some of the highest rates of TB / HIV in the world".  It's a tragic signal in the debate on priorities for Africa's development - oil & mining versus good governance, education, health, agriculture, SME ...
>> Article by Desmond Tutu, Cape Town, South Africa

2010-2011:  Google ads for TB and the Arts
Icons of Europe used Google ads to test the use of the arts for World TB Day advocacy (click-through rate ca. 5%).  As a result, Icons of Europe .1 of 174 million hits of a Google search for TB, Arts (12 August 2012).

2009+:  Amazon books income to TB fight

- Biography:  "Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale" (more)
- Musical drama:  "The Composer and The Nightingale" (more)
- 1894 collectible:  "Jenny Lind: Her Vocal Art and Cadenze"

World TB Day 2008 at Lake George, New York

On the occasion of World TB Day, the U.S. premiere of Icons of Europe's “Chopin and The Nightingale” took place at the Marcella Sembrich Opera Museum, Bolton Landing (Lake George) in New York State on 25 and 27 July 2008.  >> WHO news | MORE

Advocacy 2006-2007
  • Editing of various Wikipedia pages related to tuberculosis, so that the legacy of TB victims such as Chopin, John Keats, Alexis de Tocqueville, and the Chinese emperor in the nightingale story of Hans Christian Andersen would be better understood.
  • Icons of Europe wrote a letter to the editor of the International Herald Tribune on the editorial "Extreme tuberculosis" (14 September 2006) to comment on its conclusion “Generosity is needed to fix it”.   We countered:  "It is not a matter of charity and a patch-up, but about a global objective of investing in people and the security of nations."
  • Icons of Europe signed The Call to Stop TB in early 2006.  We continue to convey information on this subject to a wide audience.
  • On 31 January 2006, the Stop TB Partnership named Icons of Europe "PARTNER OF THE WEEK" and placed information on our association at Stoptb.org.

World TB Day 2005 at Toronto

Meghan Fleet, soprano, in the role of Jenny Lind at World TB Day 2005.Icons of Europe co-produced pro bono and sponsored the musical drama "Chopin and The Nightingale" and a Chopin / Bellini concert at the Royal Museum of Ontario to promote World TB Day 2005.  Several online essays researched by Icons of Europe and a TB & the Arts display at ROM supported the events.

The "Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale" book, with an inscription by the Director-General of the World Health Organization, was given free to all VIP guests at the events.

The Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto Public Health of the City of Toronto, Stop TB Canada, the British High Commission to Canada, the Embassy of Canada in Brussels, and the Fryderyk Chopin Institute in Warsaw participated in this transatlantic initiative.  >> Poster | WHO news

As a tribute to Poland and Canada, an essay by Icons of Europe was published in Chopin in the World on the fate of Polish art treasures during WW2.  The conclusion of this essay refers to World TB Day 2005 and "the dangerous global epidemic".

In Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Nightingale", the Chinese emperor saw 'Death sitting on his chest'.  Drawing by Vilhelm Pedersen (1872)."Did the emperor suffer from tuberculosis?", 2005
An essay on the occasion of World TB Day 2005 by Cecilia Jorgensen, Icons of Europe, related to The Nightingale story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Warsaw, 6 April 2004.  Act 5, Death:  Ljiljana Jovanovic at the piano singing and playing for Chopin as Jenny Lind did shortly before 17 October 1849.Swedish Embassy, Warsaw, 2004

Following an expert roundtable and press conference at the Philharmonic on 1 March 2004 (Chopin's birthday), the Chopin / Jenny Lind musical drama was performed at the Swedish Embassy in Warsaw on 6 April 2004 for an international VIP audience to celebrate the new Europe.  Rothschild Europe was main sponsor of this event.

The Chopin biography with the WHO/DG TB message was given to all participants in the events.

Premiere at Brussels, 2003

Act 4, Hope:  "What a duet it will be!" (from The Nightingale story by Hans Christian Andersen, 1843).The musical drama had its first premiere near Brussels in 2003.  With patronage by six ambassadors, this event was sponsored by BP, Royal Danish Embassy, LOT and Telefonica.  The re-emergence of TB was noted.

Chopin biography, 2003

The biography Chopin and The Swedish Nightingale (2003), written and published by the founders of Icons of Europe call attention to how Chopin died of TB.

It conveys a TB message from the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the late Dr J.W. Lee.
Book income is donated to the Icons of Europe TB Fund.

Danes Worldwide, 2003

Simon is a perfectly healthy grandson of the founders of Icons of Europe.  Photo:  copyright © 2004 Icons of Europe, B-1380 Lasne.The global TB threat, including the HIV/AIDS and MDR risks, was noted in our general programme folder and in Danes Worldwide (November 2003).

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Jenny Lind (1820-1887) on the current SKR 50 banknote.  She was Chopin's financial and mysical patron in 1848-1849 and made an unsuccessful attempt to marry him.
A good deal of the TB-related work of Icons of Europe uses the life and music of Fryderyk Chopin and Jenny Lind as a platform for advocacy, insight and dialogue.  The work is funded by Icons of Europe (pro.bono), and by contributions to the Icons of Europe TB Fund.
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Jenny Lind, The Swedish Nightingale (1820-1887).
Chopin / Jenny Lind
Chopin suffered from tuberculosis.  When Jenny Lind sang for him in 1848-1849, he felt better and he called her "my nurse".  Jenny Lind raised funds to fight the disease.