Fr 17.08.2018 | 20 |Lübeck | Musik- und Kongresshalle, Konzertsaal | K 170

Leonard Bernstein Award

Charles Yang

Charles Yang, Violin
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra
Wayne Marshall, Conductor

Musik- und Kongresshalle, Konzertsaal Willy-Brandt-Allee 10, Lübeck,

Leonard Bernstein:
Symphonic Suite from "On the Waterfront"
Symphonic Dances from "West Side Story"
Overture from "Candide"
Erich Wolfgang Korngold:
Violin Concerto in D major op.35

This idea is really crazy and also really American. Violinist Charles Yang and bassist Michael Thurber, both graduates of the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, took to the streets where they set up six cups labeled “Bach,” “Michael Jackson,” “Lady Gaga,” “faster,” etcetera and played music like a jukebox based on which cups patrons tossed their change into. They donated the money they raised with their so-called “The Human Jukebox” project to an educational institution. Leonard Bernstein would certainly have appreciated this performance, since he always wanted to dissolve the boundaries between “serious” and “entertaining” music and, especially, to inspire young people to play music. This is exactly what Charles Yang does. The native Texan effortlessly switches between classical, pop, and crossover as he improvises, sings, and sometimes reaches for the electric violin. As this year's recipient of the Leonard Bernstein Award, he will certainly provide a taste of his violin skills, not to mention in the context of Korngold's sumptuous violin concerto, which radiates with the aroma of the Hollywood dream factory.

The Leonard Bernstein Award, sponsored by the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe, will be awarded
during the concert to Charles Yang.

Ticket price

58 € / 52 € / 42 € / 32 € / 18