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Beethovenfest 2019 – Telekom presents a diverse range of musical art

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  • Pianist Tomoki Kitamura presents "Night Pictures"
  • "Beatmachines" and student managers present special beats 
  • Deutsche Telekom rings in the anniversary year marking the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven

“Moonlight” – that is the motto for the Beethovenfest 2019. In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, the festival, running from September 6 to September 29, will present an outstanding array of musical talent. The long time cooperation partner plans to highlight the diversity of this year's program by presenting two evening concerts of its own. In the first, Tomoki Kitamura will present a piano program of "Night Pictures" (September 23, Deutsche Telekom Headquarters). In the second, Koka Nikoladze, Tom Thum and Gordon Hamilton will present a rich array of beats. Their concert (September 27, Telekom Forum), an evening symbiosis of rhythm, electronic and classical music, is being organized by student managers who attend schools in Bonn. 

Pianist presents “Night Pictures”

Tomoki Kitamura's program presents what might be considered 20th-century expansions of ideas that began with Robert Schumann's romantic “Nachtstücke” (Night Pieces). It opens with the “Wiegenmusik” (Cradle Music) of Helmut Lachenmann. Lively – and even menacing – night-themed pieces by Holliger and Hosokawa follow. The “Klänge der Nacht” (Night Sound), the central movement of Béla Bartók's cycle “Im Freien”, then strike a tamer mood. The program concludes with Schumann's “Gesänge der Frühe” (Songs of Dawn).

In presenting this program, Tomoki Kitamura returns to the site of one of his major successes. He won the second prize in the 2017 International Telekom Beethoven Competition. For its part, Deutsche Telekom, by presenting this artist, is creating a special link to this year's competition, and ringing in the anniversary year marking the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven. The 2019 Beethoven Competition will take place from December 6 to 14.

"Beatmachines" create driving, catchy pulses

"Moonlight can set a stage for bizarre imagery, alienation and strangeness", explains Nike Wagner, Director General of the Beethovenfest, in discussing the motto for this year's festival. Koka Nikoladze's "Beatmachines" confirm this interpretation. They are strange musical instruments and artistic installations in one. They create driving, catchy pulses. When Nikoladze, a native of the country of Georgia, begins to play on them, they seem to follow their own rules. The evening's program also juxtaposes Nikoladze's wooden beatmachine box together with an altogether different kind of “sound machine”. Tom Thum is one of the world's best-known beatboxers. In a performance together with the conductor Gordon Hamilton and a string ensemble, the Australian artist will meld electronic and classical musical worlds. And enter into fascinating liaisons with the elements in the process.

The evening is being organized by a group of students from Bonn secondary schools. Through the effort, they are learning the ins and outs of organizing, financing and marketing concert events. Deutsche Telekom has been sponsoring the Initiative “Schülermanager beim Beethovenfest” for nine years now.

Information about the Beethovenfest Bonn, and tickets to the concerts, are available at www.beethovenfest.de 
Information about the International Telekom Beethoven Competition Bonn is available at www.telekom-beethoven-competition.de.

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