The initator of the project Christoph Müller is planning to travel to Ukraine to meet the colleagues in Lviv and in Odessa. It is scheduled to make audio-recordings, filming and interviews
Recently I recieved a very impressive contribution from Odessa-bassplayer Valerii Tarasenko. At first he sent his video-contribution to me, dressed with a dark blue cotton shirt. He wrote his text even in German.
So I asked him, if he was in Germany now, as a refugee „No, no…“ he replied. I am in Ukraine. I am a soldier in the army now. „Wow“ … many thoughts went trough my head in this moment. I thought, what a shame that such a good musician and honest man has to fight in the army against the Russian aggressors to defend his very own land. Its war. This could happen to all of us!! And even worse: he maybe risks to never come back. And I silently said a prayer, that Valerii and all his comrades will be protected by God and he will never be injured – that he would come back safely and soon, when the victory of Ukraine is there. And in the next moment I asked him to send again his video, but his time in his military uniform. He did so immediately. Thank you so much, dear Valerii. I was very touched, still am – and still continue praying that him and his fellows will happen no harm and damage – and that the Russian aggressors will be removed from theUkrainian land as fast as possible.
WDR-Symphony-trombonist Fred Deitz plays all four trombone-parts and films himself as triplets. By the way: he has also got a very interesting YouTube-Channel. „Frag doch mal die Freds“ (Ask the Freds) Don´t miss this.
The choir of the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre performs in the staircase of their operahouse the two anthems especially for the international Video-Project