Encounters and Reflection: Jens Joneleit in Russia

The Osnabrücker Symphonieorchester and Academic Symphony Orchestra Volgograd commemorated the victims of war and terror in 2015 with concerts to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War, thereby creating scope for exchange, discussion and mourning. In May 2015, the composer Jens Joneleit accompanied the orchestras and his work Ehrfurcht (Andacht) (“Veneration (Reverence)”), composed especially for the occasion, to Moscow and Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad). He took the opportunity to discuss his piece, hear opinions on the current political situation and talk to war veterans about their experiences.