Berlin’s largest spontaneous orchestra!
It’s very easy to listen to a symphony orchestra. But what about making music with orchestra professionals? That’s possible too: the ‘Symphonic Mob’ offers everyone who can play an instrument or enjoys singing the opportunity to make music with the musicians of a professional orchestra – no matter whether in everyday life you play in an amateur orchestra or a big band, whether you play a brass instrument or in a string chamber group.
The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin implemented the concept in Berlin for the first time in the summer of 2014, combining professional musicians and passionate amateurs of all ages and any musical training to one large spontaneous orchestra. Whether playing original parts or simplified scores – accordions, saxophones, ukuleles and many other instruments also joined in making music alongside the large orchestra. And it has become a sustained success:
For the premiere at the open house day in the Federal Foreign Office in 2014, more than 400 musicians between the ages of eight and 84 gathered to jointly perform music by Beethoven and Bizet.
The concept continued in 2015 in the Mall of Berlin with dances by Dvořák and Brahms.
In May 2016, Berlin’s ‘Symphonic Mob’ with conductor laureate Kent Nagano and more than 1,000 participants even got great feedback from around the world.
The fourth ‘Symphonic Mob’ in September 2017 with the new principal conductor Robin Ticciati succeeded once again in delighting more than 1,000 participants and many hundred listeners in the Mall of Berlin. The programme included ‘Morning Mood’ from the ‘Peer Gynt’ Suite No. 1 by Grieg, two choruses from Wagner’s ‘Meistersinger’ and ‘Tannhäuser’ and the ‘Torero March’ from Bizet’s first ‘Carmen’ Suite.
Not just in Berlin ...
Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation and under the overall ‘Symphonic Mob’ brand, a number of partner orchestras came on board in 2016 and 2017; they have implemented the concept locally and in cooperation with the DSO in Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt/Oder, Rostock, Hamburg, Schwerin, Göttingen and Ludwigshafen.
You will find photo galleries, videos and much more information about the ‘Symphonic Mob’ in Berlin and many other cities on the project website ...