the »resonanzen« concerts
The »resonanzen« concerts are Ensemble Resonanz's primary raison d'être and the central pillar of the orchestra's work. Each season, audiences in Hamburg's Laeiszhalle are treated to six experimental new programmes of classical music ranging from baroque to avant garde. Every concert is an edge-of-the-seat experience that appeals to both the intellect and the emotions. Premieres of works by the scene's most interesting contemporary composers feature alongside highlights from the modern canon and refreshing reinterpretations of the old masters. Every evening's programme tells a story of its own. In a bid to anchor its »resonanzen« concerts more firmly in the contexts not only of musical history but of everyday life, Ensemble Resonanz has developed five activities for the 2015/16 season which open up new perspectives on each of the programmes in the series and enable audiences to experience them in a whole different way. Be part of it!
season overview 16/17
into the unknown
Xenophilia, the love of the unknown, foreign and unfamiliar, teaches us that the secret will be revealed to those who seek. This is the principle inherent in creation, that cosmic friend - a maker of worlds for the sole purpose of exploring them. And just as the first principle of creation is primordial sound, the first of the senses is hearing, which makes listening the key to knowledge and deeper understanding. Before a sound dies away, the familiar becomes unfamiliar and the unfamiliar as familiar as if it had always been so. An invitation to explore the soundscapes of the unknown - the past and present narratives of being.
In a bid to anchor its »resonanzen« concerts more firmly in the contexts not only of musical history but of everyday life, Ensemble Resonanz has developed activities for the 2016/17 season which open up new perspectives on each of the programmes in the series and enable audiences to experience them in a whole different way. »bunkersalon«, »werkstatt«, »offbeat« and »hörstunde« see the Ensemble's musicians open their doors to the public or take their work into new places in the city - a unique method of preparation for a fascinating series of concerts.
Conversations in the bunker about hearing and what is foreign to us - explored from the perspectives of science, philosophy and music.
The Ensemble opens the doors of the resonanzraum on a warts-and-all rehearsal. A glimpse behind the scenes that reveals how a concert comes into being.
Taking the music to new places. In the past we've worked with a vocational college and a centre for dementia patients, and are now cooperating for the 16/17 season with the transnational art project HAJUSOM to reach young refugees.
A guided introduction to the works on programme provided is by the Ensemble's soloists, composers, conductors and leaders - with the backing of the rest of the orchestra.
When the idea behind our concert is placed in the hands of artist friends, ear-opening auditory experiments ensue. Yoga to the strains of modern music, for example, or a reading in Bar Golem, or an evening of harmony in the planetarium. Anyone?
resolab - our concert blog
Musicians, friends and our team engages with the topics of our Resonanzen-concerts and post videos, short texts and backgrounds for the upcoming concert.
The latest blog entries can be found here - mainly in German.