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Musical emissaries: Ensembles of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar perform in the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

Antonia Fischer, Violine (Photo: HfM) // Daniel Roth, Akkordeon (Photo: Alexander Warschburger) // Tatjana Weller, Klarinette (Photo: Korbinian Aßbichler // Cassie Slater, Flöte (Photo: Cameron Jamieson) // Luzia Ernst, Gesang (Photo: Lena Vogel) // Eloy Medina, Violoncello (Photo: Nick Konstantin Otto)

Musical emissaries: Ensembles of the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar perform in the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai

They are Thuringia's musical ambassadors at the World Expo and will bathe the atrium in sound: For one week, ensembles from the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar (Germany) will perform in the German Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The university is the only German conservatoire to be represented at Expo 2020 in Dubai. On a multifunctional stage in the Atrium, nine instrumental and vocal students will present five different programmes from 5 to 9 January 2022 as part of the World Expo, which will run until 31 March 2022. The Weimar ensembles are part of the so-called “Music Sessions” of the “Culture Lab”, with which the German Pavilion at the Expo creates a platform for intercultural encounters.

The artistic director of the delegation, Weimar flute professor Anna Garzuly-Wahlgren, has bundled the five concert programmes into thematic blocks. Songs by John Dowland, a flute quartet by Mozart and Beethoven's “Ode to Joy” in an unusual arrangement will be heard under the motto “Classics”. The programme “Northern Lights” combines works by Edvard Grieg, Carl Nielsen and Arvo Pärt, while “Night Music” presents Kurt Weill's “Lost in the stars” for voice and accordion in addition to Mozart's “Kleine Nachtmusik”.

Under the motto “Dance”, Romanian folk dances by Bartók are juxtaposed with tangos by Piazzolla and the Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss. Finally, the “German Romantic” era is not to be missed, with arrangements of Richard Wagner, a Schubert quartet, children's scenes by Schumann and Mendelssohn's “Auf den Flügeln des Gesanges” for mezzo-soprano and guitar.

Expo 2020 will take place in Dubai from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. During the 181 days of the World Expo, innovations will be presented, ideas will be shared and cooperation between nations will be promoted to address and exchange ideas on the challenges of the present. Under the motto “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the focus will be on Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Expo 2020 is the first world exhibition in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, with up to 25 million visits, of which around 70 per cent are expected from outside the United Arab Emirates. Around 200 nations, international organisations and companies are represented and networking in Dubai.

The German Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai presents itself as a place of innovation and research, as CAMPUS GERMANY. The Culture Lab is a seamless continuation of its three labs, the Energy Lab, the Future City Lab and the Biodiversity Lab. Here, the spectrum of Germany's cultural diversity is presented. The agency VOSS+FISCHER is responsible for the cultural programme in cooperation with the music and culture manager Mike P. Heisel as curator.

Composed of six so-called “sessions”, the Culture Lab combines music, dance, visual arts, gaming, sports and science. While the programme is mainly fed by the most promising young talents of the respective scene, the “Music Sessions” also feature highlights with already established, internationally renowned artists and acts.

Based on the overarching theme of the Expo “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the Culture Lab sees itself as a platform for intercultural encounters and solidarity. Together with various cooperation partners, including universities, educational institutions and those committed to promoting young talent, the organisers will provide a varied programme on the stage in the Atrium of the German Pavilion, which will not only represent Germany authentically and appealingly to the outside world, but also see itself as a community-building invitation.



Jan Kreyßig
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