Press release

Ingolstadt, 2013-05-14

Maxim Vengerov at the Audi Summer Concerts

  • Star violinist and UNICEF ambassador Vengerov in Ingolstadt
  • Change to the concert program
  • Tickets for charity concert in all categories still available

Laughing as they hold on to each other to form a human chain, children from the Karen hilltribe ethnic group follow UNICEF Ambassador Maxim Vengerov who is leading them in front of their non-formal school in the remote village of Baan Nong Mon Tha in Thailand. © UNICEF/NYHQ2000-0822/Paula Bronstein

Award-winning violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform with the Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra at the conclusion of Ingolstadt’s year as a UNICEF Child Friendly City on June 30. The concert begins at 7.00 p.m. in the main auditorium of the Ingolstadt city theater. A joint effort between the City of Ingolstadt and UNICEF Germany, proceeds will go to the UNICEF Child Friendly City initiative in support of the community of Legmoin in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The UNICEF Child Friendly City Year in Ingolstadt will come to a close on June 30, with a benefit concert taking place as part of the Audi Summer Concerts. As UNICEF Germany is also celebrating its 60th anniversary on that day, award-winning violinist Maxim Vengerov will perform together with the Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Lavard Skou Larsen.

Vengerov, who was appointed an international ambassador for UNICEF in 1997, has performed with all the major orchestras of the world. He is now coming to give a solo performance during the Audi Summer Concerts in his role as UNICEF ambassador. The world-renowned violinist, who was obtained at short notice for this benefit concert, will perform with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra for the children in Burkina Faso. The concert program has been modified accordingly. The Havanaise, Op. 83 and the composition “Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso” Op. 28 for violin and orchestra by Camille Saint-Saëns will now be performed in lieu of Symphony No. 26 in D minor “Lamentatione” by Joseph Haydn.

“Initiatives like the cooperation between UNICEF Germany, the City of Ingolstadt and Audi are most valuable. They do not only raise funds but also foster understanding  – like music does, overcoming frontiers,” says Maxim Vengerov.

The proceeds of the evening, as well as all donations made during the UNICEF Child Friendly City Year, will go to assist the Legmoin community in Burkina Faso. The initiative is helping to finance the construction of two schools and two childcare facilities.

During the second half of the concert, the Ingolstadt Georgian Chamber Orchestra and cellists Ofer Canetti and Milan Vrsajkov will perform two contemporary works; one by South African composer Kevin Volans and the other by Italian composer Giovanni Sollima. The program will conclude with Mozart’s Symphony No. 28 in C major.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the booking office of the DONAUKURIER regional newspaper, the Tourist Information Office located in Ingolstadt’s main train station, Ticketservice in Westpark shopping mall and the Ticketshop Karlskron. Tickets may also be purchased online at and by phoning 01805 97 90 70 (€0.14/min when calling from a landline in Germany).

Change to the concert program:
Camille Saint-Saëns: Havanaise in E major, Op. 83
Camille Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor, Op. 28
Kevin Volans: White man sleeps
Giovanni Sollima: Violoncelles, Vibréz!
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 28 in C major, KV 200

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