Opening of the exibition “Carl Nielsen – Music is Life”

Duration of the exhibition
9 September to 9 October 2015
The exhibition is open one hour prior to the concerts and during the concert intervals

Past Dates

The opening of the exhibition will take place instead of the usual work introduction to the concert of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Carl Nielsen Year 2015

Denmark’s great composer, Carl August Nielsen, was born 150 years ago. His works, not to mention his activities as a conductor, author and teacher, already influenced musical life in Denmark during his lifetime.

This year, the musical world celebrates the 150th anniversary of his birth, and the Musikfest Berlin presents Nielsen’s music in a portrait of six concerts – with his symphonic works and string quartet compositions performed by the Danish String Quartet, the Royal Danish Orchestra, Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Berliner Philharmoniker. The Mahler Chamber Orchestra launches the event with the Sixth Symphony, the “Sinfonia Semplice” (1925) on 9 September at the Philharmonie’s Kammermusiksaal.

Also on 9 September, an exhibition on Carl Nielsen’s life and work will be opened in the foyer of the Philharmonie prior to the start of the concert featuring the Mahler Chamber Orchestra. The different stations of his life and the versatility of his oeuvre will be shown in both images and words. Carl Nielsen is characterized as a composer who was influenced by his rural background, but also by his life in the metropolis of Copenhagen. “Music is life – it is indelible, too”, Nielsen commented in 1916 in the programme of his Fourth Symphony. This connection of art and life is reflected in the varied presentation of the exhibition. It conveys how an eventful life and great creative power flow into one another and are interdependent, enriching one another in the process.

The representative of the Royal Danish Embassy and the curators of the exhibition, Ida-Marie Vorre and Niels Krabbe, will speak at the opening event.

The exhibition has been made possible with the kind support of Kulturstyrelsen – Danish Agency for Culture and the Carl Nielsen og Anne Marie Carl-Nielsens Legats.