Poets, I need you:
I am thrilled to announce that I will be conducting the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra in a special concert in the beautiful Großer Saal in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle on Thursday 31 October 2013. The programme includes Arvo Pärt’s Passio (Johannespassion) with the Eric Whitacre Singers. Moreover, the audience is invited to join us in the second half performing some of my own works and a selection of Bach chorales, having attended a workshop earlier in the day. Weaved through the programme will be readings, inspired by Martin Luther’s quote:
“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.”–Martin Luther
We are inviting you to submit your own poems or prose that will be read aloud during the concert. I envisage 250 – 350 words for each reading, can be much shorter than that if you prefer, in English or in German. You might write something specifically for this event, or you might submit something that has been on your bottom shelf for years! It can be beautiful, moving, or clever; it just needs to be heartfelt, honest and human. I will choose a selection of the submissions and each will be read during the concert.
Please email your writings to: Sarah Weintritt and Joanne Steward: