No World Without Music – Celebrating Berlins Oldest Orchestra in a Magical Short Film
Jiyoon Lee – the first female concertmaster of the Staatskapelle Berlin.
The life of a classical musician is shaped by a path of hard work and sacrifice just to secure a place in a great orchestra. But becoming an orchestral musician is neither a matter of fame nor of getting rich. It really is just the privilege of creating unique music for your audience. A work of art that can only exist through the power of the whole. By the organic interference of the different instruments to a voice, to a sound.
This sound must have stopped for the past six months. Orchestras like many other performing arts groups could not perform in public to protect each other and the audience from possible infections. Despite all the difficulties, an orchestra has kept its spirit alive like no other.
The Staatskapelle Berlin, which is one of the oldest orchestras in the world with its 450-year heritage, has invented all kinds of ways to perform for their audience. From digital concerts to chamber music in Berlin courtyards, the Staatskapelle Berlin has found creative alternatives for the classical symphonic concert in large halls.
Many public places had to close during the Corona Crises.
Show connection through the power of music
In honor of their 450th anniversary and this difficult time without an audience, our team at iHeartBerlin has come together with the Staatsoper Berlin team to create a unique short film that shows the connection between the musicians of the orchestra and the city of Berlin.
Spread across the city in truly special locations that represent the multifaceted spirit of Berlin, 10 musicians from Staatskapelle are getting ready for a concert as they would on the stage at the Staatsoper. But instead of playing together, each of them performs alone but connected to each other through music.
We hope this short film will make you feel the joy and inspiration we had while making this film. Being in the same room with these unique musicians and listening to them perform after months without live music was incredibly touching for all of us. Because a world without live music just wouldn’t be the same.
We thank YouTube for funding this project and to all locations including Staatsbibliothek am Potsdamer Platz, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berliner Bäderbetriebe, Shishi, Loqi Tower, Bode Museum, Tempelhofer Feld, Futurium and Kindl Zentrum für Zeitgenössiche Kunst. We would especially like to thank Victoria Dietrich, Susanne Lutz and Managing Director Matthias Schulz of Staatsoper for trusting us time and time again and collaborating with us for these wonderful projects.
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