Ensemble Berlin: featuring members of Berlin Philharmonic
Apr 23, 2019
Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall
68 Nassau St.,
Princeton, NJ 08544
Maestro Dudamel’s relationship to the hallowed Berlin Philharmonic stretches back a decade and includes close personal connections with the orchestra’s most recent Music Directors, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. For this concert, Dudamel has chosen a handful of musicians from that august orchestra to perform a program that explores nature in all its forms – from science to the environment to the very nature of humanity itself. Works by Schubert and Wagner, as well as a new work by Princeton University faculty composer Steven Mackey, paint a broad musical portrait of the physical world and beyond that is perhaps most elegantly encompassed by a quotation from their contemporary, poet Heinrich Heine: “When words leave off, music begins.” The musicians from the Berlin Philharmonic will be joined by students from KonstKnekt, the Berlin Philharmonic's training academy.