Family Concert – Journey Around the World
Family concert: world tour
Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker
Klaus Wallendorf Narrator
Recommended for kids aged 6 and above
Sun, 27 Sep 2015, 11:00
Because making music together is so much fun, the brass and their percussion friends decide to go on holiday together. And there they are, the musicians, in the middle of preparing for their travels, packing suitcases and instruments and checking in at the airport. But where will they head to? What was originally intended as just a short trip through Europe expands to become a grand world tour, from Austria to Japan, from Argentina to the US.
Not just the route is professionally planned, the musical baggage they bring along is as well: Sándor Balogh has arranged and composed characteristic sounds and melodies for the individual stops on the tour. Hungarian by birth, the trombonist knows the brass genre like the back of his hand. Already in 2009 he arranged a family concert with the Philharmonic brass entitled Die Bremer Blechmusikanten [The Brass Musicians of Bremen]. His Journey Around the World was premiered by the brass ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker in 2012, and the journey is being repeated because it was such a success. Back then and today as well, the presenter is Klaus Wallendorf, French hornist in the Berlin Philharmonic from 1980 through the summer of 2015 and an accomplished entertainer.
The brass ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker has existed since the mid-1950s, and is one of the orchestra’s oldest chamber music groups. While the group concentrated in its early years on music of the Renaissance and Baroque, contemporary and popular music was later added. Extensive concert tours through Europe and all the way to Japan have increased the ensemble’s fame – and perhaps contributed insights and inspirations to this family concert.