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Summer Classic Open Air

On Sunday, August 27th, a summer classical open-air concert with the Brandenburg State Orchestra will take place for the third time in Neuruppin between the monastery church and Ruppiner See.

Conducted by Takao Ukigaya, the orchestra embarks on a journey into the world of film this year. Pieces of music by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Grieg, which are not only played in concert halls around the world but are also used as film music, are on the program. Some pieces are interpreted strictly in the original and others are partly freely interpreted. The versatility of the classics is reflected in various film genres such as mystery or action thrillers, historical dramas, science fiction and music films.

The concert opens with the Allegro con brio from Symphony No. 25 in G minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This music was recorded for the drama film Amadeus (1984) by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under Sir Neville Marriner. Marriner stressed that the film was produced around the music, not the other way around, and he insisted that not a single note of Mozart's music could be altered for the film.

In the American thriller "Sieben", which is about a serial killer, the piece "Air" from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 by Johann Sebastian Bach is used. Charlie Chaplin's first sound film "The Great Dictator" contains the Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms. In the apocalyptic mystery thriller "Knowling - the future ends now" (2009), the Allegretto from Beethoven's 7th Symphony can be heard, modified slightly to sound brighter. Bach and Mozart even appear in Hitchcock. The psychological thriller "Vertigo", which was voted "best film of all time" by more than 800 film critics in 2012, contains, among other things, the Andante con sordini from Johann Christian Bach's 2nd Symphony.

The main motif of the French-American film "Do you love Brahms?" from 1961 was borrowed from the third movement of the 3rd Symphony by Johannes Brahms. And with the conclusion of the scherzo from Beethoven's 9th symphony, which Stanley Kubrick used in his disturbing cult film "Clockwork Orange", the first part of the concert ends.

After the break, pieces by Beethoven, Grieg and Mozart follow. In the science fiction film "Soylent Green - Year 2022... who want to survive", which was directed by Richard Fleischer in 1973, parts of Beethoven's 6th Symphony and Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 are processed. The film "Out of Africa" received eight Oscars in 1986, and one of them went to John Barry for best film score. In addition to his own compositions, he also worked on the Adagio from the Clarinet Concerto in A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, which became the film's signature tune. The soloist of the evening in Neuruppin is the clarinetist of the State Orchestra, Christian Krech.

In keeping with the finale of the open-air concert, the orchestra will play the finale of Ludwig van Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony. The genesis of the 3rd symphony is at the center of the British television film "Eroica - The Day That Changed Music Forever".

In case of rain or storm, the concert will take place in the Kulturhaus Stadtgarten in Neuruppin.

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