“Behold the Sea!” – these words frame the beginning of one of the most wonderful choral symphonies of European music history. The spectacular performance of BBC 2013 in the London Royal Albert Hall marks the starting point of its great success in Europe’s concert halls. Europe, on which borders thousands of people pay with their lives while hoping for a better one. “A Sea Symphony” deals with the ocean and leads in the course of the crisis on the Mediterranean to an impressive requiem at the end
“A Sea Symphony” deals with ocean themes and, in the final part, culminates in an impressive requiem, which could as well be describing the recent crisis on the Mediterranean.
“A Sea Symphony” is Ralph Vaughan Williams’ first symphony which was composed between 1903 and 1906. The Composer used the touching words of Walt Whitmans (american poet) main work “Leaves of Grass” for his emotional choral passages.
“A New World” is the famous second name of Antonin Dvorak’s 9th symphony which debuted in 1893. Just as nowadays, millions of europeans fled towards a “New World” in the 19th century. They request refuge for diverse reasons: war, famine, persecution due to religion, ideology, sexual orientation, ethnicity or economy. Back in these days they were called “emigrants”, “refugees” or “asylants”.
However described, the director Wolfgang Roese does not care – he wants to become active. In cooperation with his team from ORSO e.V. he initiates an outstanding welcome- and solidarity concert for the emigrants to take part by singing and playing and to be his guests in the Philharmonie Berlin.
ORSOphilharmonic consists of a big choir and an orchestra – more than 200 participants are eager to create an extraordinary musical experience for about 2.000 visitors in one of the best concerts halls in the world. We also welcome famous guest artists, instrumentalists and choristers within the ranks of the refugees. ORSO (Orchestra & Choral Society) has its roots in the south of Germany: our offices are placed in Berlin and Freiburg wherefrom Wolfgang Roese founded the society in 1993. Since 2010 ORSO realizes its projects in Berlin as well – concerts in the Philharmonie (“Die Schneekönigin”), the Berlin Dom (Dvorak Requiem) or Friedrichstadtpalast (“Rock-Symphony-Night”) complement its rising success.
To get away from the daily routine between social welfare office and refugee home, Roese intends to invite as many people as possible into the Philharmonie – even those who seem to have to get along with more worrying issues than to visit a symphony concert!
Tickets for refugees can be ordered at this formular. Organizations can order tickets as well private persons can do it. If you have questions, pleas send us an email.