Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic: under Leonard Bernstein’s banner
Nils Landgren Trombone, Vocals and Direction
Janis Siegel Vocals
Jan Lundgren Piano
Dieter Ilg Bass
Wolfgang Haffner Drums
Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Curated by Siggi Loch
Tue, 19 Jan 2016 8 p.m.
Chamber Music Hall | Introduction: 7:00 pm
As pianist, conductor and composer, as well as pedagogue, author and television presenter, Leonard Bernstein was without a doubt one of the 20th century’s most versatile musical personalities. The range of his work must have seemed downright old-fashioned in an age of increasing artistic specialisation – and yet he reached an audience of millions.
He may not have initiated the Young People’s Concerts, but with his charisma he filled them with life: starting in 1958, the show was broadcast in about 40 countries all around the world, delighting children as well as adults and introducing them to the world of classical music – early days for music education! West Side Story, whose premiere was one year earlier, was a landmark in American opera after Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, and reflected Bernstein’s conviction that there is no distinction between serious music and light music, only good or bad music. And the musical jack of all trades also wrote a chapter in Berlin music history when, at a gala performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on 25 December 1989, he turned Schiller’s Ode to Joy into an Ode to Freedom.
Curated by the jazz producer Siggi Loch, this concert in the series Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic is completely under Bernstein’s banner. Besides the Swedish trombonist and singer Nils Landgren – by now an old acquaintance of jazz lovers and of those members of the Philharmonic who will be playing along at this concert – the American singer Janis Siegel can also be experienced. She has been a member of the legendary vocal quartetManhattan Transfer since 1972.