Stegreif – The Improvising Symphony Orchestra

symphony of change

Street scene with horses

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What does sustainability sound like? And what part can music play in our ecological transformation? With the two-year series “#bechange” the Stegreif Orchester from Berlin has approached the complex set of themes around sustainability from a range of different musical perspectives. The project concludes with the “symphony of change”.

Stegreif see the music of former times as a paragon and an inspiration. In productions that combine musical and theatrical elements, the musicians will be joined by representatives from the adjacent arts to deal with the great issues of our times, creating new and unexpected connections. “#bechange” is informed by the work of four renowned female composers. Wilhelmine von Bayreuth was admired for her Baroque operas during her lifetime; the mystic Hildegard von Bingen is considered to be the first well-known female composer altogether. There is also a focus on Clara Schumann and the symphonic composer Emilie Mayer, two important musical characters from the 19th century. “#bechange” will celebrate its conclusion by taking stock of its artistic work so far in workshops and concerts: After its premiere at Beethovenfest Bonn, the “symphony of change” will return to the place of its funding in a performance at Berlin.

Concert Programme

symphony of change
From Hildegard von Bingen to Clara Schumann – Sounds of Sustainability



Juri de Marco, Lorenz BlaumerArtistic Directors
Lorina StrangeManagement
Immanuel de GildeProject Management
Nina Kazourian, Tabea Schrenk, Julia Biłat, Helena Weinstock-Montag, Franziska AllerRecomposition, Arrangement
Alistair DuncanCo-Artistic Director, Composition
David FernandezDirection, Choreography, Set Design
Lea HladkaChoreographic Collaboration
Arnaud PoumaratLighting Design
Anja KreherStage and Costumes
Veronika HensingHead of Production
Catriona FadkeProject Assistance

19:10, Exhibition Foyer
Work introduction

Programmebooklet Stegreif 18.9.2023

The project is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.

A Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin event