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Reading and Conversation: Singularkollektiv

“You can’t imagine that. The rush, the fear, the heartbeat, the breath, the feeling, the heat.” With these words, the collection of stories Singularkollektiv delves into a world that lies beyond the glamor that is usually associated with classical music. A world beneath the thin layer of tailcoat and bow tie, in which the orchestra resembles a vast steppe, a place without a train station.


Where it smells of tin and oil, wood and sweat. From the thin gap between the loneliness of the practice room and the anonymity of the orchestra rows, between music officialdom and profitless art, fantasies, observations, social aphorisms penetrate to the outside. The violinist who pretends to play and celebrates her quiet art, the rejected trombonist who fears for the favor of a new general music director. The bad cellist who hangs on to his cello like a shipwrecked man, the late violinist who is not waited for.

The apparent reality of a dress rehearsal. The unusual instruments that didn't make it into the orchestral canon. Figures and moments that come from the orchestral world, but at the same time stand out from it as human, social comments.

Ofer Waldman was born in Jerusalem in 1979. As one of the first members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, founded in 1999, he moved to Berlin in its founding year, where he completed a diploma course as a horn player. He later played in the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the New Israeli Opera and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

He received his doctorate in history from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and in German studies from the Free University of Berlin. He has been working as a freelance author since 2015, mainly for German broadcasters. In 2021 he received the ARD German Radio Play Prize.


With a musical contribution by Dor Yadlin (horn)


In German language.


Admission is free, registration is required.
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Participating artists
Ofer Waldman
Prof. Dr. Kai Wiegandt
Dor Yadlin
Saori Tomidokoro