On 14 February – Valentine’s Day, the day of love – the Obrechtkerk in Amsterdam is opening its doors on a big benefit concert in aid of Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland. By giving this concert, musicians want to show that they are moved by the worldwide refugee crisis, as well as providing what is needed at the moment: money and a musical embrace. Led by initiator Boudewijn Jansen, the musicians will perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, with its well-known “Alle Menschen werden Brüder”. Many musicians from professional orchestras and ensembles of the Netherlands, including NedPho, have promised to participate. With leading soloists Claron McFadden (soprano), Helena Rasker (alto), Marcel Reijans (tenor) and Thomas Oliemans (bass), and singers from Toonkunstkoor Amsterdam and the Chorus of Dutch National Opera, it promises to be a true musical spectacle! What a wonderful opportunity – united by Beethoven’s Ninth – to call for brotherhood, an open heart and a warm welcome: “Be embraced, you millions!”

The writer Kader Abdolah will give a word of welcome.

Tickets cost € 30 (< 18 €15) and are available from benefietconcert. The proceeds of this concert will go to Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland. Through the special option “donation” on the website, visitors can also buy a ticket for a refugee.

After the concert, there will be an opportunity to talk and fraternise during a simple buffet meal. Everyone attending the concert is very welcome!