• Mon. 18.02.
  • 8.00 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Die Glocke

Federal President’s benefit concert

Works by Mozart, Gershwin and Bernstein

The Deutsche Kammer­philharmonie Bremen, conducted by Steven Sloane and with pianist Fazıl Say, will perform a benefit concert in the ›Glocke‹ in Bremen in the presence of Germany’s Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The concert series is traditionally held in each of the federal states in turn. Now it’s Bremen’s turn for the second time.

The good cause to benefit from the concert is determined equally by the Federal President and for Bremen by the President of the Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen. Federal President Steinmeier is supporting the Bremen association ›Erinnern für die Zukunft e. V.‹ (›Remembering for the Future‹), an association that addresses the history and consequences of the Nazi era. The donation is intended specifically to support the ›think place‹ ›Denkort Bunker Valentin‹ with the organization and implementation of educational activities. The state of Bremen is dedicating its half of the concert proceeds to the Haifa Arts Foundation, which has been in existence for over 40 years. The joint foundation between Bremen, Haifa and Israel among other things promotes young talents and enables disadvantaged children and young people from the Israeli port city, regardless of their religion, to participate in cultural life.

Following the concert, the Federal President and the President of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Bremen cordially invite you to attend a reception. Please observe the security precautions.

Security precautions

  1. Admission is granted from 6 p.m.
  2. Please take your seat by 7.45 p.m.
  3. Please allow sufficient time to pass through the security checks.
  4. Your ticket and a valid ID card or passport are required for admission.
  5. Please do not bring larger items of luggage, backpacks or large bags with you.

Information about photography

  1. Audio and video recordings will be made of the concert and photographs taken on which you or your children may appear. By participating, you agree to their production and utilization for the purposes of public relations work by the German Federal President and the Senate Chancellery of the State of Bremen (e.g. website, facebook). You may revoke your consent at any time by notifying the Office of the Federal President and the Senate Chancellery of the State of Bremen and request information regarding the utilization of these recordings/photographs.
  2. You are not permitted to make audio or video recordings or take photographs at the concert.


    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791)
    • Don Giovanni Overture K 527
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    • Piano concerto in C major No. 21 K 467
    • Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990)
    • Candide, Overture
    • George Gershwin (1898–1937)
    • Selections from Porgy & Bess (arr. by Sayre)
    • Leonard Bernstein
    • On the Town (Three Dance Episodes)


Fazıl Say

Turkish pianist and composer Fazıl Say is one of a rare breed of exceptional musicians and crossover artists. He studied the piano in Ankara, Düsseldorf and Berlin. His talent as a composer was promoted early on by his first piano teacher Mithat Fenmen, who encouraged the young Fazıl Say to start his piano practice every day with improvisations on everyday themes.

His piano playing is characterized by virtuosity and temperament, wilfulness and assertiveness, as well as exceptional musicality and a broad musical horizon. His intensive interpretations can sometimes be rather unconventional. His composition style is influenced by a mix of classical and oriental music with elements of jazz.
Fazıl Say won first prize in the Young Concert Artists international auditions in New York. This led to engagements with all the major American and European orchestras and numerous renowned conductors, interpreting a broad repertoire of works ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach via the Classical and Romantic periods to contemporary music, including own compositions for the piano.

He has been ›Artist in Residence‹ at the Konzerthaus Dortmund, the Konzerthaus Berlin, at the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Hamburger Elbphilharmonie concerts and the Paris Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.


Steven Sloane

Artistic vision and tireless cultural involvement: these are the qualities which have made the American-Israeli conductor Steven Sloane famous across the world. Right from an early age, Sloane has always had a major influence on festivals and opera houses such as the Spoleto Festival in Charleston or Opera North in Leeds. He has served as Principal Conductor of the American Composers’ Orchestra and the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra and is a regular guest with world renowned ensembles such as the London Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Sinfonie Orchester Berlin. In addition, he is also a much sought-after opera conductor with engagements at many major venues such as the Royal Opera House in Copenhagen, the Frankfurt Oper or the Deutsche Oper Berlin, as well as at festivals from Salzburg to New York.

Under his long-standing leadership as Music Director, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra has become one of Germany’s foremost orchestras and recently performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 at the South Korean Tongyeong Festival in 2018 as well as impressing audiences in a production of Hans Werner Henze’s ›Raft of the Medusa‹ at the Ruhrtrienniale. Since the beginning of the 2018/19 season Steven Sloane has been serving as First Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor at the Opera Malmö. As Professor at Berlin’s University of the Arts, where he has been since autumn 2013, he has been working on realising his dream of an International Conducting Academy.