A Very Merry Christmas from the Siemens Arts Program!
If this year has taught us anything, it is to cherish what’s truly important in our lives: community, solidarity, and togetherness.
In this spirit we present “A Tiny Christmas Concert”; something we created with the help of the Karajan Academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the beautiful Christmas messages from our colleagues.
We hope this puts a smile on your face and wish you happy holidays.
A drum roll for the versatility of music!Kai Strobel, prize-winner of the ARD International Music Competition presented the vast spectrum of percussion music at the festive after-work concert in Munich. Afterwards, the Junge Chöre München (Munich youth choirs) were joined by the audience to share the holiday spirit by performing some well-loved seasonal songs.
Ending the year with a bang
An evening full of contrasts and surprises awaited the visitors of the afterwork concert in the auditorium of the Munich headquarters. The exceptional musician Kai Strobel (1st prize-winner of the ARD International Music Competition 2019 as well as winner of the Audience Award) presented percussion music in all its facets and showed that his instrument reveals loud and clear beats as well as nuanced and touching sounds.
Kai Strobel showcased almost all instruments percussion has to offer in his sophisticated program that covered a broad spectrum of music history. His performance included the baroque sounds of Bach's Cello Suite no. 3 (in arrangement for the vibraphone) as well as more rhythmic pieces, such as Gerassimez' Asventuras.
The second part of the concert revealed another end of the musical spectrum: as a surprise guest, the singers of the Junge Chöre München prepared a special encore full of contemplative Christmas carols for the astonished audience. The guests were actively invited to become part of the performance themselves.
New experiences lead to a new understanding of community
The audience’s enthusiasm for Kai Strobel’s performance as well as their willingness to actively take part by singing along to the youth choir, once again strengthened our conviction that creativity and culture can give new impulses and have the power to connect people. All in all, the afterwork concert was an enriching experience for the entire Siemens team - and a festive end-of-year celebration.
When the conference hall becomes a concert hallA treat for the senses - this was offered by the first Siemens lunch concert in Berlin. The outstanding ARD music prize winner Kristīne Balanas (violin) and the Neue Philharmonie Berlin (conductor: Andreas Schulz) thrilled the audience in Siemensstadt with a breathtaking performance that was literally absorbed by the audience. A subsequent lunch offered employees and musicians the opportunity for mutual exchange.
Sound experience of a special kind
The violinist Kristīne Balanas opened the lunch concert together with the Neue Philharmonie Berlin under the direction of Andreas Schulz. The Latvian soloist is one of the fastest-growing talents on the international music scene and has undoubtedly demonstrated her skill and professionalism.
With a remarkable ease she took the audience on a journey through Felix Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor. The audience honoured her excellent performance with minutes of applause.
In the second part of the concert, the Neue Philharmonie once again showed its class and presented excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven's 7th Symphony. Conductor Andreas Schulz demanded top performance from his talented young musicians, which was again rewarded with sustained cheers. As a thank you for this appreciation, the orchestra, founded in 2017, rounded off the concert with an encore.
Networking with aspiring artists
After the concert, employees and musicians were given the opportunity to exchange ideas with each other and gain insights into the other's working world in an informal atmosphere. Soloist Kristīne Balanas also took plenty of time after her performance to let this unconventional lunch break fade away. She spoke in German, English, Latvian and Russian - obviously the sympathetic prizewinner is also a language genius. In order to keep this unique concert in special memory, she took photos with interested employees. Siemens can be proud to support young talents like her through the International ARD Music Competition.
Culture for colleagues
Lunch Concert: On August 24 the first Siemens Lunch Concert took place at Siemens Headquarters in Munich. As Siemens now partners with the ARD International Music Competition, the Siemens Arts Program invited the last year’s prize winner Dominik Wagner (Double Bass) and Maciej Skarbek (Piano) to perform at the lunchtime concert (August 2017).