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Family Concert – Temporarily not available

Family Concert: Temporarily not available

“Temporarily not available” – hard to imagine in this age of cell phones, smartphones and social media! And yet there are moments in which it would be better if no one could call. Suppose, for instance, you are proposing marriage. Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera buffa The Telephone recounts in a witty, ironic way the story of a man who wants to get married who has to go to quite some extremes before his telephone-addicted beloved consents to marry him.

Alessia Schumacher Soprano, Philipp Mayer Baritone

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Simon Rössler Direction

Claus Unzen Staging

Claus Engel Stage Design and Costumes

Gian Carlo Menotti

The Telephone

Leroy Anderson

The Typewriter

Leroy Anderson

Plink, Plank, Plunk

Leroy Anderson

Jazz Pizzicato

For the very young visitors we offer a crèche with qualified music pedagogues, which is also accessible during the concert.

Dates and Tickets

Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 14:30

Chamber Music Hall

Sun, 11 Oct 2015, 17:00

Chamber Music Hall

Programme

“Temporarily not available” – a concept that is difficult to imagine in this age of mobile phones, smartphones and social media! And yet there are moments in which it would be better if no one could call. For instance, when you are proposing marriage. Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera buffa The Telephone recounts in a witty, ironic way the story of Ben, who is about to take a trip and wants to quickly ask for his girlfriend Lucy’s hand. Each time the telephone rings before he can utter the decisive words. Lucy chats with her girlfriend, has an argument with an acquaintance, and then seeks consolation from another friend. Ben gets more and more nervous: he wants to get his proposal out of the way, but it seems he has no chance – until he gets a brilliant idea ...

Anyone who thinks the piece must be contemporary is wrong. Gian Carlo Menotti, born in Italy and later active in America, wrote this delightful one-act opera in 1947. Which demonstrates once again that whether you can be reached or not using a technical device is not solely a problem of the present day. And, almost incidentally, listeners discover in this work what an effective musical instrument a telephone can be. Under the musical direction of Philharmonic percussionist Simon Rössler, at this family concert members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Menotti’s small musical jewel together with other works. Students at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” Berlin will take the singing parts.