Music – Crossing Borders


35 young musicians from 10 countries worldwide

Conductor: Andreas Peer Kähler
Special Guest: Sara-Bigan Janett, Sopran (Stockholm)

The Final Concert of this Orchestra Week

Saturday, 19th August 2017, 8.30 pm
Kirche St. Matthäus
Kulturforum Potsdamer Platz

in cooperation with the GASI-Symposium Crossing Borders Berlin 2017

Programme – Crossing Borders

Charles Ives – The Unanswered Question
J. S. Bach/Anton Webern – Ricercar aus dem Musikalischen Opfer
Maurice Ravel – Pavane pour une infante defunte
Andreas Peer Kähler – Crossing Borders – world premiere
Sergej Prokofjew – Sinfonie Nr. 1 Symphonie classique

The Orchestra

The German-Nordic Youth Philharmonic is an international project orchestra.
They have been practicing periodically and regularly since 1982, in form of orchestral classes in Berlin.
Andreas Peer Kähler is founder and conductor of the orchestra and is working with a highly qualified team of teachers and coaches.

The Class

The Master Class ‘Crossing Borders for chamber orchestra‘ is a special project exploring and creating synergies between music and psychology. The musicians will be part of the symposium, and they will have a little performance each morning in the large conference room „Maritim“, just before the key note lectures. As part of the symposium the musicians will play and practice,
but also have a groupanalytic workshop conducted by Katrin Stumptner, Dietlind Köhncke and Christa Franke to explore creative ways of dealing with commonly difficult situations of professional musicians when playing, performing and interacting with the symposium‘s audience.

The Final Concert

The choice of the programme is representing and reflecting the subject of CROSSING BORDERS in view of style and times: Webern’s sensitive orchestration of Bach’s Ricercar aus dem Musikalischen Opfer lights up the spirit of two different epoches. The same would be true for Ravel’s famous Pavane por une infante defunte, whilst Prokofjew’s Symphonie classique takes up classic simplicity and straightforwardness and transcends it in a charming, ironic way. Above all Charles Ives’ Unanswered question with its mysterious three-dimensionality is an hommage to the partners of the group analytic symposium.

The World Premiere

CROSSING BORDERS is specifically commissioned and composed by Andreas Peer Kähler for the subject of the symposium. The music will explore and let the listener hear through the music the theme of crossing borders.

The 15 minutes performance is tailored to size and composition of the orchestra and aims to show the continual permeating between reality and phantasy. This way it will connect to the symposium’s title. It will be a sequence and interplay of well defined and fixed parts (reality) and improvisation (dream) where music represents the interplay between reality and dream, a representation of life – the sound of life.