Berliners give their concert fees to child rescue fund

Berliners give their concert fees to child rescue fund


norman lebrecht

April 30, 2020

press release:

With their European concert, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko are supporting UNICEF’s emergency assistance for the protection of child refugees. Especially in light of the threat of the coronavirus, children in refugee camps in Syria and Greece are dependent on support. According to UNICEF, relief supplies such as soap, medication and medical care are lacking.

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Kirill Petrenko will donate their fees to UNICEF’s emergency assistance and also appeal to the public for donations. Christiane Karg, soloist in this program, will also donate parts of her fee for the charitable cause. President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the intendant of Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) Patricia Schlesinger are both supporting this initiative. The German President will open the European concert, which will be broadcast live at 11am on TV.



  • Olassus says:


  • Gustavo says:

    I’ve set my alarm so I don’t forget to get out of bed on a rainy bank holiday in Germany during lock-down to listen to a chamber version of Mahler’s 4th.

    Das himmlische oder das irdische Leben?

    • Christopher Clift says:

      That must have taken a supreme effort on your part Gustavo.

      • Gustavo says:

        It was worth getting up!

        I very much liked the Pärt and Mahler. The slow movement with the harmonium worked particularly well.

        Bravo to all involved!

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    It’s great to read about this kind of generosity. Well done.

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    Seems like a great gesture to me. Couldn’t imagine the S.F. Symphony doing anything like this. They’re too busy playing for people who want to continue Manhattan-izing S.F. at a rapid pace. Sales Force Tower was the last straw for me. Anyway, kudos to the B.P.O.