On 17 December, The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen marked the start of the Beethoven anniversary year with a concert at Schloss Bellevue in Berlin. The invitation came from Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and his wife Elke Büdenbender. During the promenade concert, guests were treated to a varied medley of the composer’s works with a new twist. Under the direction of Paavo Järvi, the orchestra opened the anniversary year with the last movement of Beethoven’s 1st Symphony. Together with renowned jazz pianist Iiro Rantala, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie enthralled the audience with a grandiose performance of familiar Beethoven pieces – spiced with jazz improvisations and tango rhythms.
The Future Lab, an initiative of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in cooperation with the Bremen East Comprehensive School, also had a hand in the planning of the concert in Bellevue. Together with their teachers and the members of the orchestra, the pupils took Beethoven’s works to new heights with their very own recompositions and live electronics under the title ›Beethoven Beats‹!
In his address, the Federal President honoured The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen’s commitment and outstanding authority on all things Beethoven. He also underscored the unique complexity of Beethoven’s genius. Works like Beethoven’s symphonies possessed the power »to capture the souls and hearts of many in a shared experience«.