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Science meets music – the Staatskapelle Berlin at Telegrafenberg

09/13/2013 - Soloists from the Staatskapelle Berlin will come to Telegrafenberg Potsdam for a charity concert of a very special kind tonight to support an environmental protection project. The "orchestra of change” wants to break open old habits and that not only musically – the concert will take place in the dark of the unique atmosphere of the cupola of the “Great Refractor”. Host will be Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) who will accompany the evening with scientific insights. Under a huge astronomical telescope, the past will meet the present, the guests will hear works of Johann Sebastian Bach and modern composers like Eugène Ysaÿe, Daniel Schnyder and László Dubrovay.
Science meets music – the Staatskapelle Berlin at Telegrafenberg

The Great Refractor at Telegrafenberg Potsdam. (Photo: Max Franks)

“The past reaches out its hand to the present to protect the future,” says Schellnhuber. “From data of earth´s history science gains insights for the future fate of our planet. Music bridges the abysses of time more gracefully and touches also those that have little interest in calculations or measurements.”

In 2009, members of the Staatskapelle created the charitable foundation NaturTon out of their own resources and under the auspices of Daniel Barenboim. Their initiative, the orchestra of change, combines cultural and climate protection engagement. The foundation supports global and environmental protection projects that sustainably serve to protect and maintain the earth in accordance with the social environment. In 2012, Schellnhuber was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the NaturTon Foundation.

The revenues of tonight will be incorporated into a concrete project: the association Eben!Holz e.V. intends to afforest rain forest in the Makira region in Madagascar. About 100 hectares of forests are to be afforested and protected in the long-term within the next years involving local people and the introduction of sustainable management. The project is supported by the Society of German Violin Makers – among the lumbers of Madagascar are also ebony woods from which violins are made.

“Science, music and lighting art form a symbiosis – an unprecedented event!” says Markus Bruggaier of the orchestra board and co-founder of NaturTon foundation.

Science meets music
Charity concert
September 13, 2013 at 8pm
Großer Refraktor, Telegrafenberg Potsdam

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