»The war makes it drastically clear that we too, in the world of classical music, don't live in a vacuum, even if some pretend to. We are often much too neutral and elitist and seperated from human life.« Vitali Alekseenok
In the newest episode of the podcast »Des Pudels Kern«, Elisa Erkelenz and David-Maria Gramse look at Belarus and the Ukraine. Guests are conductor and activist Vitali Alekseenok and Eastern Europe expert Daniel Kraft (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung), who met for the first time during the talk. They speak about the role of music in war and during protests, about conductors and dictators, alternative models of leadership and possible ways out of the crisis.
The second episode of the second season of the classical music podcast »Des Pudels Kern« was recorded live during Beethovenfest 2022 at the festival headquarters Viktoriabad and is broadcasted on WDR 3.
The episode guest Vitali Alekseenok is a conductor from Belarus. At this year's Beethovenfest he was artistic director of the Campus project, which brought choirs and instrumentalists from Belarus and Ukraine to Bonn.