'crowd out' performed by the Berlin Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor and more!

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - Sunday, June 15, 2014

* Germany premiere
Berline Philharmoniker
Kulturforum
Berlin, Germany
work being performed: crowd out

The institutions at the Berlin Kulturforum developed the idea to jointly celebrate a big party for two days to which all Berliners and guests from outside the city are cordially invited. It will be happening on this June weekend: the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and the Foundation of Prussian Cultural Heritage are staging their first joint summer fest. On both days the most varied places in the Kulturforum will be played in manifold ways, and the audience will be inspired to join in: dance, theatre and music, fashion, architecture, photography and film, as well as graphic design and painting, can be experienced in exhibitions, concerts, performances, workshops and tours. The Berliner Philharmoniker conducted by Sir Simon Rattle will, together with the Rundfunkchor Berlin and Berlin children and young people, perform Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most successful music theatre compositions of the 20th century, on the large open space of the Forum. Furthermore, the organ virtuoso Cameron Carpenter will explore the various worlds of sound of “his” instrument, on the Karl Schuke organ in the great concert hall of the Philharmonie, at St. Matthäikirche, in the Museum of Musical Instruments and at an open air concert. One of the many high points is provided by the German premiere of the new choral work Crowd Out! contributed to the event by New York composer and Pulitzer prize winner David Lang. The work is presented by the Education department of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the scope of their project “Berlin sings!”: a work for which 1,000 performers – musicians and laymen – will transform the entire Kulturforum into a soundscape. “The idea for the piece,” Lang says, “came to me about 20 years ago: I was in London, had some time and went to an Arsenal game. It was very loud – everybody sang together and I felt part of a community. Some had nice voices, others didn’t, some were singing separately, others in groups. At that moment, all of these people, singing or yelling, formed a community. I loved it …”