The fourth transatlantic orchestra project took place in August 2017 and involved around eighty students from Cuba and Europe.
This year the focus was on the world premiere of a piece by the Cuban composer Jenny Peña. The conductor was Duncan Ward, while teachers from the Balthasar Neumann Academy prepared the programme in sectional rehearsals with the musicians.
In addition to their work with the orchestra, the teachers also passed on their knowledge in individual tutorials and chamber music rehearsals. There were additional opportunities to get to know contemporary Cuban music, including Cuban dance, Cuban rhythms, traditional musical styles and improvisation for strings and wind instruments.
All the rehearsals at the Teikyo Guesthouse in Berlin were open to the public, and observers welcome at all times.
The transatlantic orchestra project took place in association with the Rheingau Music Festival.
The 2017 Transatlantic Orchestra Project was supported by the Federal Foreign Office and by the Rheingau Music Festival as project and cooperation partner. Furthermore, the Hackenberg Foundation, the Bundesjugendorchester and several private persons contributed to the project.