After the summer break, three more chamber music highlights await us at the Kunstverein concerts in autumn. Top ensembles from Cologne and North Rhine-Westphalia will present programmes that cover the entire spectrum of contemporary chamber music and show how exciting, new and impressively good the current classical music scene is.

The Arundos Quintet, one of the leading wind quintets from NRW, will perform on 3 September. With outstanding arrangements of Beethoven and Schumann and wonderful new and recent original compositions by Thomas Blomenkamp and György Ligeti.
This will be followed on 5 November by the Alinde Quartet from Cologne - a permanent fixture among the outstanding, established string quartets. The programme includes works by Orlando di Lasso, Luigi Boccherini, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Franz Schubert and the great but almost forgotten Cologne drama music director Heinz Pauels.
The 2022 programme will conclude with the magnificent Fukio Saxophone Quartet together with Cologne pianist Inna Firsova on 10 December. This concert with music by Maurice Ravel, Leonard Bernstein and William Albright will be a concert in a class of its own - don't miss it!

So I invite you wholeheartedly to our wonderful chamber concerts! Experiencing the musicians at close quarters in good acoustics and a stimulating atmosphere is, after all, the heart of chamber music. The exchange with each other and the company in the Riphahn Hall are as much a part of a beautiful concert as the music itself. Enjoy the evenings, draw strength here and find new inspiration for good paths. This is especially important in these times of change and great challenges, hence the reference to our blog on the ongoing Ukraine Aid for Young Artists here as well.

Of course, my special thanks go to our friends and supporters. I would like to thank our institutional supporters, the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW and the RheinEnergie-Stiftung Kultur. My heartfelt thanks go to our sponsoring members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e. V. - and here especially to the members of our Board of Trustees. They are an enormously important source of support. Therefore, I would also like to ask all our guests to become members of our sponsoring association and support our work and the chamber concerts at the Kunstverein!

And of course, at this point we must not forget to express our deep gratitude to the Kölnischer Kunstverein, which makes the wonderful Riphahn Hall available to us and has grown close to our hearts as a partner and helping hand in every situation.

Yours, Tobias Kassung,

(Artistic Director)

Sponsors of the chamber concerts

The Cologne Chamber Concerts in the Kunstverein take place with the support of the Cultural Office of the City of Cologne, the Arts Foundation of NRW, the Ministry of Culture and Science in North Rhine-Westphalia and the RheinEnergie Stiftung Kultur. As well as our board of trustees and sponsoring members of the Kölner Klassik Ensemble e.V.

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