The fourth transatlantic orchestra project will take place in August 2017 and involve around eighty students from Cuba and Europe.
This year the focus will be on the world premiere of a piece by the Cuban composer Jenny Peña. The conductor will be Duncan Ward, while teachers from the Balthasar Neumann Academy will prepare the programme in sectional rehearsals with the musicians.
In addition to their work with the orchestra, the teachers will also pass on their knowledge in individual tutorials and chamber music rehearsals. There will additionally be 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 are open to the public, and observers are welcome at all times.
The transatlantic orchestra project is taking place in association with the Rheingau Music Festival.
The 2017 Transatlantic Orchestra Project is 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 contribute to the project.