The PalliLev e.V. association is organizing a benefit concert in the Erholungshaus with the participation of the Bayer-Philharmoniker (conductor: Bernhard Steiner). The cellist Johannes Gramsch, who will also play Camille Saint-Saëns' Cello Concerto No. 1, will also be playing. The Cello Concerto is considered a "compulsory piece" for every cellist. Saint-Saëns composed it in 1872 for the cellist Auguste Tolbeque and gave the work both an original structure and an attractive and challenging solo part.
Ferdinand Hérold was a French composer of Alsatian origin who played the piano as a young child and wrote his first compositions at the age of seven. His most famous works are the ballet "La Fille mal geradée" and the overture to the opera "Zampa". The opera is based on a libretto by Mélesville and premiered on 3 May 1831 at the reopening of the Opéra-Comique.
The 8th Symphony in G major by Antonín Dvořák, inspired by the landscape around Dvořáks Bohemian summer residence, is, according to the composer's notes, "a work [...] different from [...] other symphonies [...] with individual thoughts elaborated in a new way". Dvořák wrote the symphony in 1889 on the occasion of his "admission to the Bohemian Kaiser Franz Joseph Academy for Science, Literature and Art", as he noted on the title page of the score. To the gloomy mood of his 7th Symphony, the 8th forms a relaxed, lyrical contrast.
By attending the benefit concert, you are supporting the PalliLev e. V. association. With PalliLev, the integrated hospice and palliative center for Leverkusen in Steinbüchel is being created. The donations will be used to set up PalliLev, the inpatient hospice for Leverkusen. After completion (planned for the second half of 2020), the center will offer sick people in their final weeks of life in-patient care and support in a personal atmosphere.
The actors of the concert
The Bayer-Philharmoniker is a semi-professional symphony orchestra with a 115-year-old tradition. Founded in 1904 as the "String Orchestra of the Farbenfabrik Bayer", the ensemble with around 70 active members is today an independent association. The Bayer Philharmonic Orchestra is firmly integrated into the repertoire of Bayer Kultur and the "Altenberger Kultursommer," and the orchestra regularly performs in the cultural programs of the cities of Leverkusen and Monheim.
The Bayer-Philharmoniker are directed by Bernhard Steiner (born in Vienna). He studied school music, composition, vocal pedagogy, choir and orchestra conducting at the Vienna Musikhochschule. After numerous engagements as conductor and choirmaster in Vienna, Germany and China, he was appointed principal conductor of the Bayer Philharmonic Orchestra in 2011.
Johannes Gramsch can look back on a successful career as a cellist and conductor with over 2000 concerts worldwide and long engagements in South America and Europe. He has played with famous musical personalities such as Pinchas Zukermann, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Antonio Meneses, Maria João Pires, Vadim Repin, Mischa Maisky, Roby Lakatos, Tan Dun and many others.