A podium for the young at the RWE Power Plant
500 children experience chamber music first hand in world-class performances
Pupils from a school class present their music project
On the podium, surrounded by electrical generators from the past, the SPANNUNGEN performers generated their own flow of concentrated energy, brimming with bold experimental delight and a true joy in making music together. At the beginning of the concert, they let their young “colleagues” come onstage to present the results a large-scale music project they have carried out in school, and the entire audience is invited to participate. The Festival musicians then give their performance and kindle the audience with enthusiasm. Lars Vogt guides listeners through the program, presenting the works, and fomenting dialogue between the musicians and the audience. “We want to touch children’s emotions with music”, violinist Christian Tetzlaff underscores, and he is speaking for his musician colleagues who all want to share their enthusiasm with the young.
RWE AG and Westenergie AG, the chamber music festival’s main sponsors, has supported the annual youth concert from the very beginning. They bring the 500 children in buses from schools all over Düren County to the power plant, since the energy firm and Lars Vogt do not want to limit their outreach to those who already like classical music. Everyone should have the chance to experience this exciting artform. The association that organizes the Festival – the Kunstförderverein – and the main sponsor share the same goal: bringing schoolchildren in contact with the artists and with the music.
Classical music in the classroom
Youth Project Day
Scholarships for young musicians of exceptional talent
Advancement prizes for schoolchildren
Music from the tower