• Sat. 29.06.
  • 8.30 p.m.
  • Bremen
    ·Knoops Park

Summer in Lesmona – Grand Orchestra Concert

Open-air summer classic festival

Programme

    • Ouverture
      • Ray Lema (*1946)
      • Anikulapo
      • Ray Lema
      • Matongué
      • Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971)
      • ›The Firebird‹ suite 1919: Hell dance of the King Kastschej, Berceuse and Finale
      • Ray Lema
      • Gave me Hell
      • Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
      • Symphony No. 3 in F Major op. 90: III. Poco allegretto
      • Ray Lema
      • Gaia
      • Bernard Herrmann (1911–1975)
      • Love Scene (from the movie ›Vertigo‹)
      • Ray Lema
      • Nancy's Jive

Conductor

Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein is currently Artistic Director with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He is also a much sought-after guest conductor with an internationally successful career across Europe and the USA. He is well-known for the clarity of musical expression, his easy-going manner and deep natural musicality. In 2009 at the Malko Competition, this young conductor won both First Prize and the Audience Prize, on the strength of which he was offered a position as Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic. In July 2017 Weilerstein gave his BBC Proms debut and this season will see him return to this world-famous festival.

The 2018/19 season sees Weilerstein give his debut with the Lausanne Opera, conducting Mozart’s ›Cosi Fan Tutte‹; a work he has also conducted with the Cincinnati Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestras. He also continues his collaboration with well-known orchestras such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe he returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, The Netherlands Philharmonic, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the German Radio Philharmonic, the Nörrkoping Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra.

His great enthusiasm for a broad repertoire -from the traditional to the contemporary – connects this musician with his ambition to attract a new audience into the concert hall. As important as the continual, vital dialogue between musician and audience is the particular emphasis Weilerstein places on the audience’s musical education. As host of the successful classical music podcast ›Sticky Notes‹, he aims to reach music lovers and newcomers alike.

Ray Lema

Ray Lema is one of the most remarkable musicians on today’s world music scene combining jazz, world music, rock and classical styles in his music. Born in Congo, this musician first studied piano in a catholic school in the capital Kinshasa, before being inspired by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and The Beatles to pick up the guitar. For performances in Kinshasa’s clubs he accompanied musicians such as Tabu Ley Rochereau, Abeti and Papa Wemba at the keyboard. In 1974 he travelled across the country as Director of Zaire’s National Theatre and as talent scout, in order to record and study the music of more than 250 native ethnic groups, as well as discover new talent in preparation for the founding of the Zaire National Ballet.

A number of years later, Ray Lema founded the fusion group Ya Tupas. Due to a performance ban under Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, Lema went to the United States in the late 1970s where he studied recording technology, also devoting himself to the mix of American music styles and for which, in 1979, he was awarded a Rockefeller Scholarship. Since the early 1980s he has lived in Europe and is currently based in Paris. Lema is primarily a pianist but is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing also drums – often in the complex diverse rhythms of his homeland, which he mixes with European harmony. His numerous albums have won him international acclaim. In addition, Lema also composes film and theatre music and major concert projects such as a show by Alain Laugenie on Arthur Rimbaud.

Conductor

Joshua Weilerstein

Joshua Weilerstein is currently Artistic Director with the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. He is also a much sought-after guest conductor with an internationally successful career across Europe and the USA. He is well-known for the clarity of musical expression, his easy-going manner and deep natural musicality. In 2009 at the Malko Competition, this young conductor won both First Prize and the Audience Prize, on the strength of which he was offered a position as Assistant Conductor with the New York Philharmonic. In July 2017 Weilerstein gave his BBC Proms debut and this season will see him return to this world-famous festival.

The 2018/19 season sees Weilerstein give his debut with the Lausanne Opera, conducting Mozart’s ›Cosi Fan Tutte‹; a work he has also conducted with the Cincinnati Symphony and the New World Symphony Orchestras. He also continues his collaboration with well-known orchestras such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe he returns to the Oslo Philharmonic, The Netherlands Philharmonic, the NDR Radio Philharmonic, the German Radio Philharmonic, the Nörrkoping Symphony Orchestra and the Mozarteum Orchestra.

His great enthusiasm for a broad repertoire -from the traditional to the contemporary – connects this musician with his ambition to attract a new audience into the concert hall. As important as the continual, vital dialogue between musician and audience is the particular emphasis Weilerstein places on the audience’s musical education. As host of the successful classical music podcast ›Sticky Notes‹, he aims to reach music lovers and newcomers alike.