Benefit Concerts for Ukraine

in Frankfurt and Cologne

Shocked by the terrible news from Ukraine, Ensemble Modern voices its compassion and solidarity with the Ukrainian population and all the victims of this violent conflict by participating in two benefit concerts.

On March 10, Ensemble Modern will appear at the ›Benefit Concert for Ukraine‹ presented by the Hessian Radio together with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the State of Hessen, the Rheingau Music Festival, the City of Frankfurt am Main, Ensemble Modern, the Frankfurt Opera and the Association of Frankfurt Choruses, performing the piece ›Marevo‹ by the Ukrainian composer Anna Korsun under the baton of Susanne Blumenthal at the main auditorium of the Alte Oper Frankfurt. The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra will then perform the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, also known as the ›European Hymn‹, joined by the Association of Frankfurt Choruses and members of the Frankfurt Opera’s ensemble. The Cello Concerto by Robert Schumann, with Truls Mørk as the soloist, is also on the programme. The concert can be followed as a video livestream via and will be broadcast live on hr2-kultur. hr television will be broadcasting with a slight delay, starting at 10:30 pm.

Video livestream, 10.03.2022, 8 pm

On March 16, Ensemble Modern joins Concerto Köln, the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, Ensemble Musikfabrik, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and others in a ›Concert of Solidarity with the Ukrainian Population‹ at Cologne’s Philharmonie, which also presents the concert. The power of music, which has always united peoples and reduced enmity, will be a beacon of peace and understanding on this evening. Music by Russian and Ukrainian composers will be performed. Under Jonathan Stockhammer’s baton, Ensemble Modern will play the works ›Marevo‹ and ›Murmuration‹ by the Ukrainian composers Anna Korsun and Anna Arkushyna. The Ukrainian pianist and composer Vitaliy Kyianytsia – a graduate of the International Ensemble Modern Academy – will improvise on Ukrainian folk songs in a piano solo.

Video livestream, 16.03.2022, 7 pm