“Centers of Life” – in the Fruchthalle: With Reto Bieri and the German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate

“Centers of Life” – in the Fruchthalle: With Reto Bieri and the German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate

Festival. On Friday, January 27, at 8 p.m., the German State Philharmonic Orchestra of Rhineland-Palatinate will appear as a guest in the Fruchthalle under the Taiwanese conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang, Chief Music Director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra. The evening’s soloist is Swiss singer Reto Bieri. At 7.15 pm there will be an introduction in the Red Hall by Elias Glatzle.

In the symphony concert, the German State Philharmonic of Rhineland-Palatinate presents the Russian composers Glinka and Borodin as well as the Turkish composer Fazıl Say. Mikhail Glinka spent the first six years of his life in warm rooms, where his grandmother tried to protect him from diseases and feelings from the outside world. Luckily it didn’t do any major damage. Glinka became one of the most successful composers and is considered the creator of Russian music.

Compatriot and contemporary Alexander Borodin, as a respected pharmacist, did not have time to pursue his creative activity. The 2nd Symphony is one of the few works that a busy man wrote. For his clarinet concerto, Fazıl Say was inspired by the Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer Omar Khayyam. The music describes the stages of the life of an eleventh century scholar.

The soloist is the internationally renowned clarinettist Reto Bieri. The talented Swiss musician and improviser Reto Bieri has been a soloist and chamber musician for over 20 years. As a musician, he is a regular guest with famous orchestras, various festivals and well-known institutions. His CD recordings appear on the Munich cult label ECM, most recently the critically acclaimed album “quasi morendo” with the quartet “meta4” from Finland.

Reto Bieri grew up with Swiss folk music. After valuable experience as a dance musician in restaurants and training as an elementary school teacher, he studied first at music schools in Basel and Zurich, and later at the “Juilliard School of Music” in New York. He was greatly influenced by the composer György Kurtág and met the writer Gerhard Meier, the musician Eberhard Feltz and the comedian Dimitri.

Fazıl Say is one of the most interesting contemporary musicians. He was born in Ankara in 1970, the son of a musician. At the age of fifteen he studied piano and composition at the local conservatory. He took an outspoken stance on the human rights situation in his country and was given a suspended sentence in Istanbul in 2013 for “insulting the religious values ​​of parts of the population” and blasphemy. In 2015, the sentence was overturned based on the right to freedom of expression. His songs have been performed successfully all over the world for over 30 years. He also covered the violent suppression of protests in Istanbul’s Gezi Park musically.

The young, internationally sought-after conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang is at the helm. Since the beginning of this season he has been the new chief music director of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr. p.s

Concert tickets are available in advance from the Tourist Information (Fruchthallstraße 14, phone: 0631 365-2316), from the Thalia Ticket Service by phone: 0631 36219-814) and from all other advance booking offices (ticket number: 070000 5 ) or at www.eventim.de.