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Statement from Kent Nagano following the death of Barbara Kisseler

This week Barbara Kisseler, Kultursenatorin of the city of Hamburg, passed away after a serious illness. A statement from Kent Nagano:

We in Hamburg deeply mourn the passing of our visionary Kultur Senator, Barbara Kisseler. The formidable civic leader combined her brilliant intellect with sharp strategic prowess to regularly realise dreams far beyond the expectations of given circumstances. Her exceptional talent to architect major socio-cultural initiatives combined with a seemingly fearless courage allowed her to provide her constituents with a hope and optimism so rare and so desperately needed in today’s increasingly complicated world. These special gifts combined with a natural wit, charm and warm generosity made her a personality one felt privileged to have known. We will miss her profoundly and Hamburg, present and future, will surely remember her spirit and the legacy she leaves behind.