On 22 April 2016, Yehudi Menuhin would have celebrated his 100st birthday. One of his most famous students - and one of his best friends - is violinist Daniel Hope. Together with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under the baton of Iván Fischer, and on this exact day, he payed tribute to Menuhin - a very personal, very intimate concert in honour of a great artist.
Anoushka Shankar‘s father Ravi was a close personal friend of Yehudi Menuhin. At the 2016 Menuhin hommage at the Konzerthaus Berlin, Anoushka honoured this friendship with an evening of Indian music and traditional raggas. The famous sitar player successfully combines traditional Indian sounds with more popular music - thus reaching audiences of all ages with the spiritual music of her ancestors. For this concert, she has invited star violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as a special guest - a force of nature on her instrument, and deeply rooted in her music. A performance of two such extraordinary women turned out just as advertised: a memorable event indeed!
Why else would they re-unite for the 2016 Concert in the Waldbühne, so shortly after finishing a concert tour together?
After all, it's only been a couple of months since they performed together in Dresden, Berlin, Dortmund and Vienna. The concerts received rave reviews from the press, with Austrian newspaper Der Standard taking a bow and stating that, impossibly, everything about their interpretation of Tchaikovsky's 5th Symphony seemed to be just perfect, and that Batiashvili even managed to top of the orchestra's zest with the Shostakovich Violin Concerto, all the while showcasing her complete musical mastery.
So does it come as a surprise that the Berliner Philharmoniker invited those two to join them for their highly beloved Concert from the Waldbühne in June 2016?
Our production team - that much we can reveal - was through the roof when they learned that they would get to work with such amazing artists, and they are already busy making all the necessary arrangements to ensure that people all over the world can experience this fantastic concert.
They are the world's best orchestra. He is one of the most accomplished and admired conductors of his time. She is among the most promising and talented young violinist of her age: The Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle and Vilde Frang.
So there is every reason to be certain that the Europakonzert from Røros, Norway on 01 May 2016 will be an exceptional musical experience. Together, the artists will showcase a repertoire featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and - of course - Grieg.
Our production department has travelled to Norway several times over the past few months - scouting locations, meeting our Scandinavian colleagues - and also simply enjoying the stunning landscape and the beautiful town of Røros.
So do make sure you save the date!
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