Refugees – A Concert Trilogy
15. sep / 26. jan / 15. may

© Jan Windszus Photography
© Jan Windszus Photography
Refugees – the most widely discussed topic in politics will become the site for diverse musical encounters at the Komische Oper Berlin. In three concerts, musicians with a wide variety of backgrounds, both coming from and living in various countries, will share with stories and music their respective paths in life – from escaping Nazi Germany, to migration within Germany in the second half of the 20th century, to the movement of refugees in the summer of 2015. Audience members and musicians will perform a change in perspective, joining each other on stage at the Komische Oper Berlin, lending their voices and ears to the unheard and unvoiced fates beyond the all too familiar political positions.

The programme ...

Sun, 15 sept 2019, 19 h
Refugee I - Emigration
One look at the last 100 years of German history is enough to show that Germany, too, has been at various times a country from which people fled, fearing for their lives and freedom. The first part of the concert trilogy is dedicated to these people – composers and musicians who fled from Nazi Germany or the German Democratic Republic. 

Sun, 26 jan 2020, 19 h
Refugee II - Immigration
Germany is a destination for many refuges – but not only those escaping currently known conflict areas and not only since 2015. In Refugee II, musicians who fled not only the Arabian peninsula or North Africa, but also Croatia and Russia, among other places, will perform.
Fri, 15 may 2020, 19 h
Refugee III - Settling Down
What happens after refugees arrive in a country? How do people go about settling in their “new home”? And how are these experiences inscribed in the lives of emigrants? Are they passed down through the generations? In Refugee III, musicians from Germany and abroad, whose parents or grandparents left their home countries, talk about the time after arrival, about expectations, hopes and disappointments.