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Kick-off of the concert tour on Saturday, July 2 in the ACO Thormannhalle in Rendsburg-Büdelsdorf


Büdelsdorf, 29.06.2022

The young musical talents of the Federal Youth Orchestra travel to all parts of the world as Germany's cultural ambassadors, inspiring their audiences with their energy, unique sound and professionalism. Now the 14 to 19 year-old musicians are on tour in their own country as ambassadors for peace. Together with the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, led by conductor Artem Lonhinov, they will play three benefit concerts in July under the motto "United for the future" to support young musicians from Ukraine who have fled. Since Monday, the 91 young artists have been staying at the Nordkolleg, rehearsing together and preparing for their immediately upcoming concerts in Berlin, Hanover and Cologne.

The music-interested public in the Rendsburg region does not need to travel far, but has the unique opportunity to experience the young musicians at a public dress rehearsal and benefit on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at 3:30 p.m. in the ACO Thormannhalle in Rendsburg-Büdelsdorf. Admission is free, donations are requested. Immediately after the concert, the young musicians will leave for Berlin, where they will give the first concert of their tour the very next day at 3 p.m. in the Berlin Philharmonie. The program includes works by Beethoven and the Ukrainian composer Borys Ljatoschynskyj, as well as Symphony No. 8 by Antonín Dvořák. More info about the program can be found here.

Originally, the two youth orchestras had planned a joint concert at the Odessa Opera House in Ukraine. These plans were made impossible by the war in Ukraine. Instead, the young musicians are now on tour together in Germany. In this way, the young people from both countries are supporting the Ukrainian youth orchestra, whose state funding has been cut off. The cooperation enables the young musicians who have fled to find new perspectives in a safe environment. The benefit event in the ACO Thormannhalle is based on a joint initiative of ACO and the Nordkolleg Rendsburg, the cooperation has already existed for more than 30 years. In this case, Guido Froese, director of the Nordkolleg and the hosts of the ACO Thormannhalle, Hans-Julius and Johanna Ahlmann, are pleased to be able to support the initiative of the Federal Youth Orchestra in favor of the talented young musicians from Ukraine in these difficult times.

You too can help!
Donation account Federal Youth Orchestra Foundation: DE50 1005 0000 1060 9167 69
Keyword: Ukraine

The great musicians of tomorrow
The more than 100 members of the Federal Youth Orchestra come from all parts of Germany. The young talents get the chance to work with famous soloists and conductors. Sir Simon Rattle is the honorary conductor. The orchestra has existed since 1969 and performs demanding works from all eras; contemporary works and world premieres are also part of its repertoire.

The Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine was founded in 2016. It features 85 musicians between the ages of 12 and 22. It is one of the most successful orchestras in its country and has set itself the goal of further developing Ukrainian musical culture - as a cultural ambassador to the world and as an institution for promoting musical talent in its own country. The conductor Artem Lonhinov was born in Ukraine. After graduating with honors from the Music College in Dnipro as a violinist, composer and conductor, he came to Germany in 2014 to continue his musical education at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Munich. Artem Lonhinov has conducted the National Symphony Orchestra of the Polish Radio, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, the Stuttgart Philharmonic and many other orchestras.

Public dress rehearsal: July 2, 3:30 p.m.: Rendsburg - ACO Thormannhalle Am Ahlmannkai 2, 24782 Büdelsdorf, admission from 3 p.m., free admission, donations requested. Ticket reservations available now at


July 3: Berlin - Philharmonie (Tickets)
July 4: Hanover - State Theater (Tickets)
July 5: Cologne - Philharmonie (Tickets)

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