Whether you’re in Berlin or Munich, if you’ve signed up for the Mastercard Priceless Cities program, you can look forward to exceptional offerings time and again. As part of Priceless Munich, cardholders were invited to take place in a very special experience in the Bavarian capital on November 26: the orchestral Klassik Radio Live in Concert, featuring a series of big hits and old classics from film music. The live music event included a VIP reception, a glimpse behind the scenes at the Philharmonic Hall at the Gasteig, and an exclusive invitation to the pre-concert rehearsal. About 20 music fans from Munich and the surrounding areas got these special tickets.
At 4pm, Viviane Schickentanz from Klassik Radio welcomed the group to a champagne reception in the choir rehearsal room of the Philharmonic Hall. Ticket holders then watched the orchestra rehearse in the concert hall for nearly an hour. Here, they were able to see firsthand just how much hard work and attention to detail go into live music at this level. Prauge’s 80-strong Klassik Radio Pops Orchestra went through individual sections with their conductor, Nic Raine, one last time to get the perfect sound.
Cinema History Comes to Life
The concert itself, the fourth concert in the current tour, began at 8pm. The Klassik Radio concert was returning after a five-year hiatus, making demand for the new program even higher. Just like the venues in Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Hanover, the Munich Philharmonic Hall had sold out.
Ticket-holders for the event were able to enjoy the performance from excellent seats in the first few rows. The performance opened with the legendary title theme from The Magnificent Seven, followed by a welcome from Holger Wemhoff, the broadcast’s main host. In the breaks between pieces, he delighted the audience with detailed background knowledge. His anecdotes about the films, the composers, and how their work was brought to life left the audience at times amazed, at times chuckling.
A total of 17 soundtracks from popular movies were featured over the course of the evening. The program ran the gamut from the smooth sounds of Schindler’s List and Forrest Gump to the thundering fortissimo of Pirates of the Caribbean and Back to the Future. The star of the evening was soprano Jana Degebrodt, who enchanted concertgoers with two virtuoso vocal solos in “Once Upon a Time in the West,” and “Moon River” from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. For the grand finale, nothing could have been more fitting than the theme music from Star Wars, with its famous blaring fanfares. The audience was captivated by the program, and the applause said it all. The ovations for the orchestra, soloist, and conductor lasted several minutes.
A Final Word From the Host
The obligatory encore provided a big surprise: Holger Wemhoff took the conductor’s baton himself, leading the orchestra with great aplomb for the final piece of the evening in another acclaimed performance. The event finished with an autograph session with the artists, giving the audience a chance to get up close to the performers.
Anyone who missed out on the event this time will get another chance next year. The overwhelming response has prompted Klassik Radio to extend its successful concert tour into 2017.