Current Concert Project
The orchestra and the choir started off in the first semester week with enthusiasm!
The choir sings Mischa Spoliansky´s „Rufen Sie Herrn Plim“ - "Call Mr. Plim" (composed 1932) in an arrangement of Susanne Gläß for choir and piano. The orchestra plays two works by Dmitri Shostakovich: his 5th Ballet Suite op. 27a "Der Bolzen" (composed 1930/31) and as an encore his famous waltz no. 2 from the "Suite No. 2 for jazz orchestra" (composed 1938). More information about the program can be found in the box below.
- Tuesday, July 2, 7.30 pm in the garden of the "Haus am Walde" / Bremen (in case of bad weather in the GW1 lecture hall of the university on the university avenue across from the Technikmuseum "Universum"), free admission, donations welcome!
- Wednesday, 3 July, 8 pm, Gutsscheune Stuhr / Varrel, admission 12 €, reduced price 8 €. Ticket sales at the box office, in the "Rathaus Stuhr" and over Nordwest Ticket.
Rehearsal Schedule: For more details please see the rehearsal schedule for the choir and orchestra.
Rehearsal weekend choir with Vendula Nováková: Friday, 14. 6., 19 - 10:30 pm | Saturday, 15. 6., 14 - 8pm | Sunday, 16. 6., 12 - 3pm
Rehearsal weekend orchestra: Friday, 21. 6., 19 - 10.30pm | Saturday, 22. 6., 14 - 8pm
On the program „Zwischen Chaos und Commerz“ - "Between Chaos and Commerce"
Grotesque music from Berlin & Leningrad from the 1930s
Satire and irony – these stylistic devices were used in music, cabaret, and theater of the 1930’s and are often exaggerated to the grotesque. This was true for classical music as well as for popular hit songs of the time which remain unforgotten until today - for example by the Comedian Harmonists or Claire Waldorff. In the former Soviet Union and in Germany, artists were free to experiment, but there was also a great need as a result of the global economic crisis. The music of our next evening concert reflects the turbulent atmosphere of the time and comments on it with wit and irony.
First, the university choir will sing songs from the half-hour Cabaret opera “Rufen Sie Herrn Plim” (“Call. Mr. Plim”) in an arrangement for choir and piano by Susanne Gläß. The opera was composed by Mischa Spoliansky (1932) in Berlin. The theme is the strange story of Mr. Plim who has to take the blame for every complaint in a fictitious department store in Berlin. Even though Spoliansky is almost forgotten today, he was next to Hollaender one of the most important composers of German cabarets and composed, among others, for the Comedian Harmonists and Marlene Dietrich. Afterwards, the ensemble Blech-Lights, composed of current and former orchestra members, will perform. They will play a suite of the Leningrad composer Dmitri Shostakovich from the unfinished animated film "The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda” (composed 1933-35) which criticizes the church and the authorities in general.
After the break, the university orchestra will play Dmitri Shostakovich´s 5th ballet suite “The Bolt”. Shostakovich composed the ballet at the age of 24 (1930-31) as a full-lenght work. The world premiere took place in 1931 in the Kirov Theater in Leningrad but fell through because of weaknesses in the libretto. In 1931, Shostakovich combined eight particularly successful ballet numbers in a suite. This version will be performed by the orchestra. The ballet is set in a factory where a villain stops the machine with the help of a bolt, sabotaging the work of the good people. In addition to the overture and the intermezzo, the suite contains different movements that characterize some of the roles with wit and sarcasm. Particularly impressive is the fourth movement: an extended tango for a large orchestra. The encore will be Shostakovich´s famous waltz no. 2 from his 1938 “Suite No. 2 for jazz orchestra”.