Dear friends of the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund, dear musical friends,
Off we go into a new season – we hope finally without Corona restrictions!
You can look forward to a varied programme for our Mozart Matinees in the Konzerthaus Dortmund with five present and two former scholarship holders as soloists. We will present works by Tschaikowsky – the violin concerto and the rococo variations for violoncello, W. A. Mozart’s piano concerto K 488, F.A. Hoffmeister’s oboe concerto in C Major and two trombone concertos by G. Chr. Wagenseil and L. Mozart. Our scholarship holders will again have the opportunity to perform with famous conductors and renowned orchestras such as the Beethoven Academy Krakau, the Jena Philharmonic, the chamber orchestra of the Nationaltheater Prague and the Neue Philharmonie Berlin. You will have the opportunity to hear our former scholarship holder Aurel Dawidiuk at the organ together with our present scholarship holder, the tenor Kieran Carrel and the youth choir of the Chorakademie Dortmund.
We are grateful to have our own concert season in one of the most important concert halls in Europe.
Our gratitude goes to all the performers who are taking part in our concert for peace on 3rd. June 2022 in the Konzerthaus Dortmund. The proceeds from this concert will go to the charity CARE and the Klinik für Kinder- und Jugendmedizin Dortmund which helps sick refugee children and their families from the Ukraine. Those performing in the concert are the Ensemble Essences led by the Turkish violinist Önder Baloglu, two of our scholarship holders, the Russian cellist Anastasia Kobelina and the Ukrainian trombonist Polina Tarasenko and a choir from the Chorakademie of the Konzerthaus Dortmund. With the concert we want to make a stand for peace and understanding between nations.
For our opening matinee in October it is planned to feature the Ukrainian Nationalorchester which is scheduled to perform as part of a European tour. Definite planning of this tour is not possible at the moment because of the crisis in the Ukraine which is for us a great cause of regret.
We will continue our chamber music series with espresso and soirée concerts. Our three scholarship holders Emma Wernig, Polina Tarasenko and Tobias Reikow will make music in various chamber music formations as a piano quartet, trombone quartet and wind quintet.
There is a new impetus thanks to new members of our committees who will give efficient support to the Mozart Gesellschaft Dortmund. Dr. Nhiem Lu, temporary Professor for Informatik at the Fachhochschule Dortmund and Managing Director of the DeVisIT GmbH will support the board and Barbara Schmitz, piano teacher and chair of the DTKV Dortmund/Westfalen will support the advisory board.
Our concerts and the intensive support for our scholarship holders are made possible by the loyalty of our members and sponsors who have helped us through the difficult Corona period. Our special gratitude goes to the Ruhr Nachrichten, the Wilo-Foundation and the Artur and Lieselotte Dumcke Stiftung for their generous support over many years. We are grateful for their support and hope to be able to use their donations for the future of our scholarship holders.
One innovation is especially important to us. By creating a new fund sponsored by the Stiftergemeinschaft der Sparkasse Dortmund our support programme for young musicians will be able to grow further. Our thanks go to the foundation members Harald Block, Peter Cremer, ased ambulanter Pflegedienst, the Murfeldt Group, the Ruhr Nachrichten, the StratOz GmbH and the insurance brokers Leue & Nill. We hope to find more protagonists for this idea so that we can lay a solid foundation for our work over the coming years.
Our contribution to sustainability: the tickets for our Mozart matinees include free return travel (2nd. class) in the whole transport system Rhein Ruhr (VRR). This is one of the reasons why we have had to raise the price of our Mozart matinees whereby they represent good value for money.
We are longing to be able to present concerts in a sold out hall and hope to enthuse many concertgoers. It would be wonderful if this includes you!
Karen Ann Bode
Chairman of the board