April 9 at KKL Lucerne Benefit Concert for Ukraine

23 Mar 2022 – Lucerne Festival is presenting the Mendelssohn Festival concert on 9 April as a benefit concert to support the people who have been affected by the conflict in Ukraine. In addition to soloists from the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and the Russian pianist Yulianna Avdeeva, the violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and the cellist Kian Soltani will perform that evening. Following the originally scheduled program of works by Schumann and Mendelssohn, they will join Avdeeva to perform Dmitri Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor: music of mourning that laments the death of a close friend as well as the victims of the Second World War.

"In these days, we want to show our solidarity with the people who are currently experiencing endless suffering in Ukraine," remarks Festival Executive and Artistic Director Michael Haefliger. “Through this concert, we can give concrete help and take a stand. I am proud to launch this initiative together with Anne-Sophie Mutter!"

The proceeds from ticket sales for the benefit concert will go to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the support of those suffering in Ukraine and refugees in neighboring countries. All artists are waiving their fees for this event, and the KKL Luzern is waiving the hall rental fee for the concert. Concertgoers are also asked to make a donation. A special donation page has been set up for this purpose:

"We musicians are ambassadors," says Anne-Sophie Mutter, who has supported the Red Cross for more than two decades and who is especially committed to helping children in wars and conflicts. “Through music, we want to help people come together. We are now all being asked to give help insofar as we can so as to bring hope and aid where it is most needed. I ask you from the bottom of my heart for your donation to the International Committee of the Red Cross so that as many people as possible in Ukraine and neighboring countries can be helped."

“Music is a universal language which can be understood everywhere, and it may convey the fundamental humanitarian principles everywhere. We hope that peace can be restored in conflict-torn areas and would like to express our sincere gratitude for every form of support for our ICRC and the entire Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,” observes Jürg Kesselring, ICRC Assembly member.

Tickets that have already purchased remain valid. Tickets can be purchased from the Lucerne Festival website at: http://www.lucernefestival.ch/...

The program for the benefit concert is as follows:

Sat 9 April 2022 | 19.30 | Mendelssohn & Schumann | KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Benefit Concert for Ukraine Robert Schumann Three Romances for oboe and piano, Op. 94
Lucas Macias Navarro oboe | Yulianna Avdeeva piano

Robert Schumann Piano Quartet in E-flat major, Op. 47
Gregory Ahss violin | Chaim Steller viola | Konstantin Pfiz cello | Yulianna Avdeeva piano

Felix Mendelssohn Octet in E-flat major for four violins, two violas, and two cellos, Op. 2
Raphael Christ, Korbinian Altenberger, Francesco Senese and Irina Simon-Renes violins | Wolfram Christ and Tanja Christ viola | Kian Soltani and Thomas Ruge cellos

Dmitri Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67
Anne-Sophie Mutter violin | Kian Soltani cello | Yulianna Avdeeva piano

Contacts for Press and Public Relations

Nina Steinhart, Director of Public Relations | n.steinhart@lucernefestival.ch | T +41 (0)41 226 44 43 Katharina Schillen | k.schillen@lucernefestival.ch | T +41 (0)41 226 44 59

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