Classical Music Magazine: Winds Without Borders to perform for refugees in Germany

Classical Music Magazine
By Katy Wright

The Yale School of Music is collaborating with Classical Movements on a series of concerts for refugees in Germany.

The concerts, which will take place in June 2017, will see wind, brass and percussion players travel to Germany and perform under Thomas C. Duffy, Yale professor and director of bands.

The project was inspired by a performance which the Yale Concert Band gave under Duffy at the Eleonas Refugee Camp in Athens, Greece in June 2016.

The ten-day, eight-night tour will take place during the last few weeks of June 2017. It will begin in Berlin and continue to two additional cities, most likely Dresden and Düsseldorf; however, due to the constantly changing nature of the refugee situation, the exact cities and dates will be determined at a later date.

Duffy said: ‘We say over and over that music is a fundamental right, so shouldn’t music be something of great, if not critical, value to those who are in camps; who find themselves away from the aesthetic experiences that define their culture; who see the days stretching before them with no aesthetic spiritual stimulation? Let’s meet them and bring them music!’