- March 24, 2022
Russia’s attack on Ukraine poses enormous challenges for the entire world. The moving images of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra playing the European anthem on Maidan Square or of the violinist comforting people in a Kharkiv bomb shelter show: in times of crisis, music plays an important role as a sign of resistance and an expression of solidarity. All over the world, musicians are playing for Ukraine and against the war, taking leadership and responsibility and building bridges where relationships and contact are broken off.
The Covid-19 pandemic also demonstrated how important music is for society in times of crisis. At the same time, hardly any other industry was hit as hard by the lockdowns as the music industry. Therefore, we want to discuss: what role does music play in times of crisis? How political can and should music be? How can it be used to achieve understanding, and what are its limits? What role does it play in human health, cohesion in societies, and understanding across borders? What responsibilities do individuals in leadership positions have in times of crisis, and what can the next generation of leaders learn from leadership in and with music?
In a virtual panel discussion on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 17:00 to 18:15 CET, sought answers to these questions together with Anna Sophie Brüning, Freelance Conductor; Irmgard Maria Fellner, Representative for Foreign Cultural Policy, Federal Foreign Office; Friedrich Kuhn, Global Head Transformational Leadership at EgonZehnder and Dr. Carsten Siebert, Chancellor and Managing Director of the Barenboim-Said Academy.