At the suggestion of former President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and its new chief conductor Steven Sloane are planning a concert tour from 21 – 27 June 2021 to Berlin and Bochum as an important contribution to the German-Jewish festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany. As one of the principal Israeli orchestras, the JSO will be making its guest appearance in Germany for the first time in over a decade.
György Ligeti’s Requiem (1965) is a work filled with anger and grief. Kornél Mundruczó places the theme of repetition at the centre of his analysis. We experience the work in three periods and three forms: an encounter with horror takes place in the past, a traumatized silence occupies the present while in the future we sense a world in which artificial intelligence – apparently innocently – no longer leaves any scope for the notion of memory or commemoration. Steven Sloane conducts the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Staatschor Latvija. A production by Ruhrtriennale in cooperation with Proton Theatre Budapest.
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The season 2019/2020 in Bochum has come to an end. As everywhere else, it was completely different than planned. After having to cancel a lot of concerts due to the corona crisis, a few concerts with an adapted programme i.e. with violinist Antje Weithaas could finally take place nonetheless. And despite all the uncertainties, some things stay the same: the joy of making music and creating fascinating programmes.
In a video message, Steven Sloane and Thomas Kipp gave a first outlook at what the start of the 2020/2021 season in September could look like.
At the moment, they expect that approx. 500 visitors will be allowed in September 2020.” There will be a very interesting programme”, promises Steven Sloane. Everything will be a bit smaller than usual. Less audience and less musicians on stage. This means, of course, that the programme will have to be different, i.e. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 will be played in an arrangement for chamber orchestra.
If the concert-version of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” can take place is not sure yet.
The ticket sale for the new season starts on Monday, August 17. Due to the current situation and the reduced seat options in the Musikforum, there will be no subscriptions for the upcoming season. The programme will always be published for two months, the concert dates for September and October will be published at the end of July.
The Bochumer Symphoniker are starting their summer holidays. At the end of July they will release the programme for September and October 2020, on the 17th of August the ticket sale will start. Steven Sloane and the managing director Thomas Kipp invited the audience already with a video message.
In Bochum the concert life starts again with an alternative programme: With “BOSY Extra” Steven Sloane and the Bochumer Symphoniker return to the stage. They invited the German violinist Antje Weithaas and will play Symphonies by Haydn (No. 49 F Minor “La Passione” and No. 22 E Flat Major “The Philosoph”) and “Concerto funebre” by Hartmann five times on three days (11-13 June). More information on www.bochumer-symphoniker.de.