Experiencing music jointly – that’s the focus of the Berlin School Orchestra Extravaganza. It enables Berlin’s school orchestras once a year to perform on the stage in the great hall of Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, presenting to a large audience the works they have rehearsed during the school year. The event, by now rich in tradition, will take place this season too: young musicians are given an opportunity to show their skills.
In addition, in the run-up, an orchestral work selected by the education department of the Berliner Philharmoniker will be rehearsed by all; it too will be performed in the great hall of the Berlin Philharmonie conducted by Stanley Dodds. That in the process it can be quite crowded on the stage – as many as 200 pupils are sometimes playing jointly – does not disturb anyone. The real highlight: the individual sections are prepared by members of the Berlin Philharmonic for the joint concert, whereby the orchestral musicians playing along conveys an immediate sensation for musical interpretation and structure.