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#bfree — a European Symphony
Connecting European Cultures through Beethoven’s 9th Symphony
The borders are open - whether it's between countries or genres, between languages or instruments, between uniqueness or similarities. Inspired by Beethoven's 9th Symphony, the "Europa-Sinfonie", the STEGREIF.orchestra combines folk songs from Europe with elements from Beethoven's 9th Symphony and in a symphony lets Europe grow together into a colourful country that tells from the heart of its people. With this new, theatrical concert project #bfree, which is being developed in cooperation with PODIUM Esslingen as part of the project #bebeethoven - sponsored by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes - as a contribution to Beethoven's anniversary in 2020, the STEGREIF.orchester has once again taken up the cause of making new approaches to classical music possible for the audience. Classical music interwoven with various "Folkmusic" from different countries, played, together with special guests from different countries, by a young orchestra without notes, without conductor and without chairs. This creates freedom and space for improvisation and movement. The concert hall, the auditorium, the stands - everything becomes the stage. The freedom and boundlessness of this concert evening also stands for the values of Europe and its wealth.
A cooperation project of STEGREIF and PODIUM Esslingen within the framework of #bebeethoven - supported by the KULTURSTIFTUNG des BUNDES and the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Foto: Ludwig Nikulski
Kulturstiftung des Bundes
Karl Schlecht Stiftung