20 June 2018 at 19:30

Auditorium, Centre des arts, La Grande Boissière

Irina Chkourindina (Piano)
David Lewis (Actor)
Sophie Graf (Soprano)
Doors open: 19:00
Concert: 19:30

On World Refugee Day, Ecolint joins forces with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to honour the courage and resilience of those who have had to flee their homes. 
The charity concert One-Way Ticket from Moscow to Hollywood will commemorate the talents of Sergeï Rachmaninoff and his life in exile. Featuring the Russian-Swiss pianist Irina Chkourindina alongside soprano Sophie Graf and actor Daniel Lewis, this concert will pay tribute to Sergei Rachmaninoff, a brilliant composer and conductor, and the greatest pianist of the 20th century, and will mark the 100th anniversary of his departure into exile on 23 December 1917. In 2017, one hundred years will have passed since Rachmaninoff had to tear himself away from his native home and abandon all his personal possessions, including his property of Ivanovka, near Tambov, in Russia. His sole luggage consisted of one suitcase containing a few musical scores. Like artists Wagner, Stravinsky and Bartok, Rachmaninoff suffered terribly while in exile – an exile from which he would never return.
All proceeds from the concert will be donated to the programme Educate A Child, a partnership between the UNHCR and the Foundation Education Above All, which seeks to provide quality primary education to refugee children around the world.
La Grande Boissière campus will also welcome the information stands of the following organisations:
  • Early Care Intervention Programme, a humanitarian NGO (founded by Ecolint alumnus Marc Salzmann - LGB '12) working in the field of early childhood development in difficult environments which currently runs projects in the Ritsona refugee camp in Greece.
  • SEP Jordan, a social enterprise working in the field of ethical fashion, the empowerment of women and the preservation of traditional Middle-Eastern craftsmanship. 
  • The association RCMA (Rencontres et Cultures du Monde Arabe) which offers Arabic and French language courses to refugees in Geneva, and is active in creating work opportunities for refugees.
  • The UNHCR, whose mandate it is to save the lives, protect the rights and build a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.