Stop this war! Help for Ukraine!

Despite the feeling of powerlessness in the face of the terrible war in Ukraine, we can all actively help! Our association Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V. organizes help and funds for artists from Ukraine.

With the key word "Semenenko" you can support us in this help and make donations to our account:

Account holder: Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V.
IBAN: DE35 3806 0186 4533 4420 19
BIC: GENODED1BRS
Volksbank Köln Bonn eG

We have organized at short notice a benefit concert with Aleksey Semenenko on Wednesday April 6, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the private home of our Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees, Christiane von Velsen. Aleksey Semenenko, professor of violin at the Folkwang University in Essen, played a concert in the Kiev Philharmonic two days before the invasion and thus got caught in the middle of the war action. The FAZ reported on his odyssey and his initially impossible departure in the article "Next door, hell began":

https://zeitung.faz.net/faz/deutschland-und-die-welt/2022-03-28/fc8a400651e15038c31695e6600ee50a/?GEPC=s9

Now he is here again and would like to tell about his experiences and this especially with the words that are closest to him, namely through the music! Accompanied by his wife, the pianist Inna Firsova - both are closely connected with our ensemble and also still deeply in the memory of our audience with their outstanding concert at the chamber concerts:

https://www.koelner-klassik-ensemble.de/en/the-chamber-concerts/review/116-4-chamber-concert-2020-semenenko-firsova

We will also collect donations at the concert with the Morgenstern Trio, this Saturday, April 2, 2022 at 6 pm at the Kölnischer Kunsteverein. We will report about the concrete help to the Ukrainian artists on our website.

 

Unterstützung für Blau-Gelbes Kreuz e.V.

Those who would like to help in a more general way can do so by donating money or goods to the aid organization Blau-Gelbes Kreuz. On the website of the association you can always find out what and where help is most needed on a daily basis:

https://www.bgk-verein.de/

Wherever you see possibilities to set up housing for refugee women and children from Ukraine, please do not hesitate and become active! If you have language problems, you are welcome to contact our ensemble directly. Many of us speak Russian and are happy to help with translations, dealing with the authorities etc.

And then please all remember: Despite the massive sanctions, Putin can finance this war as long as he can sell his oil and gas. Germany, as the biggest buyer, is in first place here! We can all do our part by saving energy wherever possible. Drive less and slower, turn down the heating - at night and when you are not at home, buy less plastic packaging, install photovaltaik on your own roof, rethink your diet and eat less meat - yes, this also saves energy and actively counteracts the impending food crisis! ... All these things and much more are not difficult, we just have to get out of our old habits. In this way we actively curb climate change, we break up autocratic structures worldwide and empty Putin's war chest. If these are not good reasons!

Stop the war!

The Cologne Classical Ensemble is shocked and appalled by the brutal war that President Putin has ordered and with which the Russian army is currently covering free, democratic and sovereign Ukraine with death and destruction. Putin has thus set in motion a spiral of war, violence and suffering - and he and his government alone are responsible for it.

The musicians in our collective have very close family and friendship ties with both countries - Russia and Ukraine. Born in various former republics of the Soviet Union - in Belarus, in Russia, in Uzbekistan and in Kazakhstan - many of us have close and direct relatives and ancestors from Ukraine. Since childhood, we have been connected by the closest friendships with Ukrainians. Peaceful coexistence and mutual respect have always been a matter of course for us.

For many years now, we have watched with great concern, anger and despair how Putin and his government steal from, manipulate and oppress their own people. Boris Nemtsov was killed exactly seven years ago, Anna Politkovskaya in 2006, to name just two of a sad, long list of people who spoke their minds, stood up for a better Russia, and were murdered for it.

The greatest country on earth, blessed with so many ressources, such a wonderful culture and so many great people and opportunities, Putin has turned it into a land of poverty, regression and depression.

The brave people who took to the streets for months last year after the rigged elections in Belarus and risked their lives to overthrow the criminal regime of Alexander Lukashenko - Putin has spat in their faces by using billions in aid to enable his evil companion Lukashenko to bloodily suppress the uprising. Our dear colleague, the musician and Belarusian opposition leader Maria Kolesnikova, is still in prison today.

For so many years, Ukrainians have been fighting for their freedom and for a just and democratic country! Time and again, the Russian leadership has done everything in its power to suppress this striving for an open, free country. And unfortunately, for far too long, Germany too has only half-heartedly supported Ukraine here, giving preference to doing business with Putin's regime. The German government failed to support the democratic transformation in the countries of Eastern Europe with full commitment earlier and to show Putin clear limits.

And now - war, violence, destruction.

At least most people have finally woken up and are hopefully now acting decisively, prudently and more wisely.

From the bottom of our hearts we join the loud demands of the whole world: Putin, stop this war! Immediately! Freedom for Ukraine!

And freedom for the people of Belarus, Russia and all former Soviet republics where corrupt systems, autocrats and dictators still rule!

Our hearts are with all those who are now in suffering and danger and who nevertheless remain courageous and do not give up. We are with the Ukrainians who are fighting for their country. And with the Russians who, despite all the danger, are now standing up in their own country against Putin and this barbaric war.

Next Concerts

4. Chamber Concert 2022: Arundos Quintett

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Köln

ISERLOHN: Duo Kravets-Kassung

Historische Fabrikhalle Maste-Barendorf, Baarstraße 220-226, 58636 Iserlohn

DORTMUND: Alexander Prushinskiy plays Glasunov (13.9.)

Konzerthaus Dortmund

DORTMUND: Alexander Prushinskiy plays Glasunov (14.9.)

Konzerthaus Dortmund