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Concert for the Nations 2012

Orchester mit Steven Sloane im Konzertsaal bei einem Konzert
source: Matthias Heyde

Friday, 23rd November 2012, 8 pm
Concert Hall of the UdK Berlin, Hardenbergstraße/corner of Fasanenstraße, 10623 Berlin


Concert for the Nations 2012
Under the patronage of H. E. Pablo García-Berdoy, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Spain

Gustav Mahler:  Funeral Rites, early version of the First Movement of Symphony No. 2 in C-minor    
Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Symphony No. 7 op. 60 in C-major, “Leningrad Symphony”

Symphony Orchestra of Berlin University of the Arts
Steven Sloane, conductor

Words of greeting from the Ambassador

As Ambassador of Spain I was delighted to take on the patronage of this year's Concert for the Nations. Since 2002 Berlin University of the Arts has been inviting listeners to this event with great success, and prompting ever more interest. Here, the focus is on an encounter with foreign students and lecturers at the UdK Berlin. They come from the whole of Europe and from many other continents. There are also many young Spaniards studying at Berlin University of the Arts or handing on their knowledge as teachers here. All of them are making their contribution to intensified exchange and dialogue among peoples.

The Concert for the Nations is an important and also delightful initiative, for it makes use of music as a language, as a linking element that unites us even across the barriers and difficulties of everyday life. The first Concert for the Nations took place in 2002. A tradition that is now ten years young, which definitely ought to go on pursuing its aim to back the promotion and deepening of international cooperation and partnerships at Berlin University of the Arts. We can all learn from each other, and this is no different in art. Quite the contrary: here in particular, exchange and dialogue are essential. The exemplary work of Berlin University of the Arts in this field is reflected in its international reputation. This makes it into an outstanding calling card for the German capital.

Now let me wish the Symphony Orchestra of the UdK Berlin and all those involved at the UdK – who I would like to take this opportunity to thank for their excellent cooperation – great success at this year's concert, and great enjoyment in their musical work in the future. 


Pablo García-Berdoy
Ambassador of Spain

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