Good guys: Vienna Philharmonic gives refugee benefit concert

It’s the first major musical organisation to respond to the humanitarian crisis triggered by the Syrian war. The concert, on 28 September, will consist of two Mozart symphonies conducted by Christoph Eschenbach, with Elisabeth Kulman as soloist in Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder.

Musicians, soloist and conductor will all perform without fee.

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    • Indeed, as the level of diversity within the Vienna Philharmonic has clearly risen at an equal pace to that of Austria thus far…
      Moreover, it is the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.

        • Sarcasm, Mr. Osborne. I can’t think of a single orchestra (in Austria or elsewhere) whose level of diversity rose with an equal pace or resulted in a similar demographic makeup as that of the city/country it is based in.

  • Eschenbach himself was a child in a refugee camp in 1946 …

    “Liberated an orphan by foster mother, Wallydore Eschenbach (née Jaross), from refugee camp in Mecklenburg (then East Germany) sick with typhoid fever and settled in Wismar (then East Germany) with her” (source: Wikipedia)

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