New Dates in 2021! Family concert - Peter and the WolfEnde der weiteren Informationen
When the wolf appears at the edge of the forest, it is over with rural carefreeness. The violin melodies give way to the horns, which enter the scene with hair-raising chords - until Peter catches the wolf to the good end with cunning and only from the belly quacks the swallowed duck as an oboe. The symphonic tale »Peter and the Wolf« is a classic with which generations of children have become acquainted with the instruments of the orchestra. Katharina Thomsen has shaken up Sergei Prokofiev's music. In their big-band version, saxophones, trombone, double bass and other jazz instruments depict the characters and animals, and the Frankfurt Radio Big Band musicians will bring them to life. No wonder that the also story is a bit different then in the original.
Niels Kaiser, speaker
Katharina Thomsen, conductor
Saturday, May 1st
Sunday, May 2nd 2021
The concert is cancelled! Saluting Sgt. PepperEnde der weiteren Informationen
Remembering the famous "Sgt. Pepper's" album of the Beatles played by a jazz orchestra. Respectfully coloured by the British musician and arrangeur Django Bates, now also live in the Cologne Philharmonie.
In spring 2016, the makers of the 47th German Jazz Festival in Frankfurt asked Django Bates whether he could imagine editing the legendary Beatles album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" , whose 50th anniversary was just around the corner, for the Frankfurt Radio Big band. A basically crazy assignment, because the Beatles had pulled out all the stops of studio technology and reinvented quite a few, because they never intended to bring these complex recordings on stage. Bates, who has had a reputation as an ingenious oddball since his time as mastermind of the "Loose Tubes", took the risk after a short consideration. And he delivered arrangements that treated the "best rock album of all time" (Rolling Stones) almost lovingly and brought the Bates scent brand of subversive humour to unexpectedly subtle use. In the meantime, the project, in which the Frankfurt Radio Big Band is strengthened by the Danish pop trio "Eggs Laid By Tigers" and the multi-instrumentalist Stuart Hall, has celebrated resounding success during a one-week guest performance in London. Now the All-Stars make a stopover in Cologne.
Martin Ullits Dahl
Thusday, May 5th 2020
New Dates in 2021! Melissa AldanaEnde der weiteren Informationen
She is from Santiago de Chile and plays saxophone since she was six years old: Melissa Aldana. She first learns to play the alto sax until she hears Sonny Rollins for the first time. From there on there is only the tenor left to be the right one for her. The instrument that she plays today is still the one that her grandfather gave her at that time. Melissa Aldana is discovered in one of Santiago's jazz clubs by pianist Danilo Pérez. He takes her on stage and to the USA, where she finally starts studying at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. Even after the successful graduation Aldana remains in the USA. She moves to New York and becomes part of the local jazz scene. She is still an important member of it and is head of the award-winning Crash Trio. She comes to the Frankfurt Radio Big Band to work with another great New Yorker: the chief conductor of the band: Jim McNeely.
Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone
Jim McNeely, conductor
Monday, June 17th & Friday, June 18th 2020