Europakonzert 2022 will be held in Latvia instead of Ukraine

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(Credit: Karlis Volkovskis)

The Berliner Philharmoniker will play the annual Europakonzert in Latvia instead of Ukraine.

The orchestra said: “This year’s concert celebrating the orchestra’s 140th anniversary was originally scheduled to take place at the Odessa State Academic Opera. Due to the attack on Ukraine, another location had to be found.

“The Berliner Philharmoniker and conductor Kirill Petrenko are very grateful to the team at the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepāja, Latvia, that this year’s Europakonzert can be held there on such short notice. It is a demonstration of solidarity with Odessa and Ukraine and for peaceful coexistence in Europe. In collaboration with Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, a new program has been created which focuses on composers whose musical message is about freedom and self-determination.

The program includes music by Pēteris Vasks, Luciano Berio, Valentyn Silvestrov, Leoš Janáček and Jean Sibelius. Non-Latvian audiences can follow live in the digital concert hall. Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg will broadcast the concert live on TV (Das Erste) and radio (rbbKultur) on May 1, 2022 at 11 a.m. The concert is a EuroArts co-production with rbb, NHK, CCTV and Latvian television LTV.

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