I Like To Be In Amer­ica!

Solveig Steinhardt is ready for ten days of American groove.

Where Berlin - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Mu­sic is cer­tainly one of the US's best prod­ucts – along with the Grand Canyon and Lucky Charms, if you ask me. From jazz, blues, and Broad­way mu­si­cals to rock'n'roll and film mu­sic, the US has been feed­ing the world rhythm and po­etry for more than a cen­tury. This month, Konz­erthaus Berlin will be pre­sent­ing ten days of American sounds with a vast pro­gram touch­ing all of the most im­por­tant mile­stones in American mu­si­cal cul­ture.

The busy New York City streets of the early 1900s are prob­a­bly the most iconic im­age of the American melt­ing pot, and no­body has cap­tured the city's sound­scapes bet­ter than Ge­orge Gersh­win. With his com­bi­na­tion of jazz and clas­si­cal, Gersh­win was able to rep­re­sent the rau­cous streets of Man­hat­tan in sound form. From 16 to 18 Fe­bru­ary, pi­anist and con­duc­tor Wayne Mar­shall and the Konz­erthau­sor­ch­ester will be per­form­ing some of the com­poser's most popular pieces

along with songs by an­other American master, Leonard Bern­stein, who used the Broad­way mu­si­cal to de­pict the Amer­ica of the 1950s. Be pre­pared for tunes such as I Got Rhythm, The Man I Love, New York Rhap­sody, and Some Other Time.

Those who just can't get enough of New York should also pick one of the Rush Hour Con­certs, held ev­ery day at 6pm. Tak­ing place in a more in­for­mal set­ting with a café-style ta­ble ar­range­ment, the con­cert se­ries of­fers a lively mu­si­cal break from your sight­see­ing, and fea­tures more of Gersh­win's fab­u­lous New World mu­sic.

And what would Amer­ica be with­out an­i­ma­tion? As spe­cial ef­fects get more and more im­pres­sive ev­ery year, we should not for­get the im­por­tance of these films' sound­tracks, of­ten Os­car- or Grammy-win­ning. On 19 Fe­bru­ary, take your kids to the PIXAR con­cert for a cou­ple of hours of popular songs from an­i­mated pic­tures such as Find­ing Nemo, Ro­bots, Rata­touille, and more. Lovers of Frank Zappa, the self-taught ge­nius of American rock, should not miss the Ensem­ble Mod­ern's or­ches­tra in­ter­pre­ta­tion of songs from his two al­bums The Yel­low Shark and Greg­gery Pec­cary and Other Per­sua­sions, on 22 Fe­bru­ary. But the festival's real high­light is with­out a doubt Dee Dee Bridge­wa­ter, queen of jazz and soul since the 1960s. The Grammy win­ner will be at Konz­erthaus on 25 Fe­bru­ary only, with a pro­gram of popular songs for all to en­joy.

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