WORLD REFUGEE DAY - ONE WAY TICKET FROM MOSCOW TO HOLLYWOOD
IRINA CHKOURINDINA, DAVID LEWIS & SOPHIE GRAF
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
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. As the world faces an unprecedented number of families fleeing their homes, the highest number yet since World War II, Ecolint is organising several events in partnership with the UNHCR, on 20 June 2018 – World Refugee Day.
The cornerstone of this day will be the concert “One-Way Ticket from Moscow to Hollywood” to commemorate the talents of Sergeï Rachmaninoff and his life in exile. The concert will feature the Russian-Swiss pianist Irinia Chkourindina along with a soprano and texts read by an actor.
This concert will pay tribute to Sergeï Vasilyevich 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.