The Moritzbastei Leipzig presents a benefit concert for the project “Integration through Education” as part of its series “Classic Underground” on June 14, 2016. The concert was initiated jointly with Anne-Sophie Mutter, who takes a personal interest in sending a message in favour of the integration of people seeking refuge in Germany from war and misery, especially in Saxony and in Leipzig. “With this concert, the musicians of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, Lambert Orkis and I want to send a signal of active charity – and also emphasise that refugees need support and empathy from all of us. Please join us in helping them integrate as best they can in their new homeland,” says Anne-Sophie Mutter. The violinist is joined by musicians of the Gewandhaus Leipzig in the Bach Double Concerto; furthermore she plays works by Brahms, Kreisler and Gershwin together with the American pianist Lambert Orkis.
Revenues from this benefit concert will be transferred to the charity account of the Leipzig Refugee Council e.V. The Moritzbastei covers all production costs and the concert is supported by Westend PR Leipzig, the company Blüthner Leipzig, Xancuro limousines, Steigenberger Hotel Leipzig, Behrens lawyers and Tixforgigs.
Tickets can be purchased in exchange for donations of 50 Euros (for a seat) or 30 Euros (standing room) at the Moritzbastei box office or online via tixforgigs.de. The number of tickets is limited to 200. On the evening itself, there will be opportunities to support the project “Integration through Education” by further donations.
In 2004 the Refugee Committee Leipzig e.V., a registered charitable organisation, initiated the programme “Integration through Education”, aiming to make up for educational deficits that refugee children of school age have suffered through no fault of their own. The classes, which are offered free of charge to the students, prepare them for attending regular schools and complement regular schooling. Students of regular schools and German-as-a-second-language classes receive regular supplementary lessons and homework assistance. These offers are also continued, as necessary, as complementary measures for attendees of professional and vocational schools, technical universities and universities. Additional measures to overcome individual education obstacles are implemented as needed by the team of the Refugee Committee Leipzig e.V.
One major goal of the association’s work is equal opportunities for unaccompanied refugees who are still minors. Since 2013 this project has had its own association for support called “Integration durch Bildung e.V.” (Integration through Education e.V.).
This project is organised exclusively by education volunteers. Currently the subjects offered include German, math, physics, biology, chemistry, English, geography, social studies, French and history for all school forms.