Upfront of this weekend’s concert events, the Berliner Philharmoniker, visitor conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and soloists Nadine Sierra and Okka von der Damerau have introduced that they will dedicate their concert events of Gustav Mahler’s Second Symphony to these affected by the Russian assaults on Ukraine.
“We’re deeply shocked by the assaults from the Russian facet, which have triggered a conflict on European soil and are focused immediately in opposition to a life in freedom and democracy,” stated members of the Board of the Berliner Philharmoniker Basis. “Our solidarity is with all of the folks of Ukraine and the victims of this violent battle.”
Kirill Petrenko, the chief conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, added that “Putin’s insidious assault on Ukraine, which violates worldwide legislation, is a knife behind your complete peaceable world. It is usually an assault on the humanities, which, as we all know, unite throughout all borders. I’m in full solidarity with all my Ukrainian colleagues and might solely hope that each one artists will stand collectively for freedom, sovereignty and in opposition to aggression.”
Moreover, the Czech Republic-based orchestra Filharmonie Brno is flying the Ukranian flag outdoors its live performance corridor. Their Fb reads, “We stand with Ukraine. That’s the reason Tomáš Šelc goes to sing in Ukraine language the music “Farewell world, farewell nation” with chief conductor’s Dennis Russell Davies piano accompaniment earlier than the start of Friday and Saturday concert events.”
It has additionally been reported that in London, the Royal Opera Home introduced that it was canceling a season of performances by Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet following the invasion of Ukraine. Agence France-Presse stories that “A summer season season of the Bolshoi Ballet on the Royal Opera Home had been within the last phases of planning.”
“Sadly, underneath the present circumstances, the season can’t now go forward,” the opera home wrote.