Discover the heart

(Shanghai Daily)
Updated: 2008-04-28 11:05

With its rich history, German classical music has always been hugely popular worldwide - which means there is a treat in store for local audience.

Having successfully planned and carried out German Week for the past six years, Shanghai Times Square is set to provide local music lovers with another two significant opportunities to explore the musical essence of Germany.

The Hamburg Salut Salon Quartet performance on May 5 will showcase some of German music's most famous masterpieces.

Founded in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival has become one of the most important music festivals in Germany. Every year talented young singers across Germany are brought together to form the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Choir.

Rolf Beck, who has been conducting the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra choir for more than 20 years, is founder and artistic director of the Choir Academy of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival.

The works of Handel, Mozart and Beethoven as well as those of Mendelssohn and Brahms have long been a focal point of his repertoire, but it also includes 20th-century works.

Following the choir, Salut Salon, a quartet made up of four young female musicians from Hamburg, will overturn Shanghai audience impressions of classical music.

After successfully founding the children's youth orchestra Die Coolen Streicher, Salut Salon received the Invention 2004 Award as the most innovative musical project in Germany.

The quartet's motto "musik bewegt" alludes to the fact that music as a universal language has an energizing and moving power.

"This German music festival not only aims to bring people great enjoyment, but also help change people's traditional impression of Germany," says Cathy Hau, deputy general manager of Shanghai Times Square. "It is also a prelude to the following German Week celebrations in September."

Salut Salon's concert
Date: May 5, 7pm

Venue: Shanghai Times Square, 2/F, 99 Huaihai Rd M.

Admission: free
Tel: 6391-0691