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Balance 2015 ENG - Cultural commitment

102 // Corporate Citizenship (see page 98), “wir helfen” looks after children and teenagers in distress across the Cologne region. Performing works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven, star violinist Midori and conductor Michael Sanderling proved to be absolute crowd pullers. The next edition of this charity concert series will take place on October 18, 2015 – this year with cellist Gautier Capuçon and guest conductor James Gaffigan. In addition, the Gürzenich Orchestra ensures musical delights of the highest order for Lufthansa’s employees at selected in-company events throughout the year. Art is a precious resource which no society can do without. To underscore this conviction, the Lufthansa Group has been active in the cultural domain for many decades. Currently, the focus of our support is on musical institutions and performances of distinction. Cultural commitment Star-studded charity concerts On the first Sunday of the 2014 Advent season, Lufthansa joined forces with the Gürzenich Orchestra and regional newspa- per “Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger” to organize a charity concert. The sold-out performance generated net revenues of 20,000 euros for the benefit of the Lufthansa employee organization Help Alliance and “wir helfen”, the aid association of Cologne publishing house DuMont-Schauberg. Whereas the Help Alliance’s activities are worldwide Since 2010, the Lufthansa Group has supported the renowned Gürzenich Orchestra as First Global Partner. Resident at Cologne’s Philharmonie, it is conside- red one of Germany’s leading concert and opera orchestras. In February 2014, Lufthansa flew the 130-musician-strong ensemble to Asia for a concert tour, as part of its first long-term commitment to a symphonic orchestra (see page 113, Balance 2014). The Gürzenich Orchestra supports the Help Alliance and “wir helfen” by giving a charity concert.