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30 april 2019

Peace concert during opening ceremony

Violinist Karl Stobbe and pianist Benjamin Moser will be kicking off the 2nd Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference with a concert of classical music that is focused upon themes of peace, unity, war, and oppression. Their program will include music by John Williams, Arvo Part, Debussy, and Prokofiev.

Individually, Karl and Benjamin are dynamic performers whose careers have taken them all over the world. They have known each other since childhood, mostly through Karl’s aunt, pianist Betty Suderman, and Benjamin’s mother, soprano Edith Wiens, who were also childhood friends and musical collaborators. But, even with all their common history, Karl and Benjamin’s performance at the Global Mennonite Peacekeeping Conference will be their first performance together. Benjamin’s life in Germany and Karl’s in Canada seems to have prevented earlier collaborations, but thanks to the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival, they will finally have an opportunity to share the stage and their lives of music in this inaugural concert.

The performances of Karl and Benjamin have enthralled audiences in the world’s finest concert halls and their respective recordings have garnered global acclaim under some of the most prestigious record labels, including OehmsClassics, AviClassics, Avie Records, and Analekta. They have received rave reviews from the most respected classical music publications, including Gramophone, The Strad, Pizzicatto, and the New York Times.

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