Ukrainian and Russian musicians give benefit concert in Concertgebouw

Ukrainian pianist Anna Fedorova and Russian cellist Maya Fridman organize a concert for the victims of the war in Ukraine. On Sunday 6 March, they will collect money for Giro555 together with other musicians from the Concertgebouw Amsterdam.

The Dutch violinist and Russian musicians Liza Ferschtman, the Georgian pianist Nino Gvetadze and the daughter of the Dutch cellist Quirine Viersen and Father Ferschtman also participate in the concert. The musicians are accompanied by Camerata RCO, an ensemble consisting of members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

Initiator Fedorova wants to “show the connecting power of music and call for peace” by performing with the Russian Fridman. He states that it is impossible to express his feelings in words. “This war with my Ukrainian and Russian roots is an unimaginable nightmare that has come true.”

The Main Hall, where the concert will take place, will be lit with the colors of the Ukrainian flag, blue and yellow. Ticket sales started Monday evening.

In addition, fundraising from the cultural sector

The cultural sector as a whole will also move to Ukraine next weekend. Various events are organized by cultural organizations on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Part of the income from an activity or day is donated to Giro555. The public is also invited to make a deposit.

Theaters, museums, cinemas, concert halls and monuments will be lit up in the colors of the Ukrainian flag this weekend. In addition, “moments of reflection” are organized for the public. This allows visitors to think about the situation in Ukraine prior to a performance, tour or workshop.

The program and the participating institutions will be announced on the website h-artforukraine.nl from Wednesday. The campaign is an initiative of the Task Force Cultural and Creative Sector, a partnership of more than 100 industry, professional and interest organisations.

Source: NU

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