A review of 2010

The 19th return of the Classic Open Air Festival on Gendarmenmarkt saw some 32,000 satisfied guests attend five concerts on gorgeously warm, balmy summer evenings. The unique atmosphere of the festival also enthused the many performers, who came from both home and abroad. The now traditional First Night of the season provided the perfect prelude, with popular compositions from opera and operetta and orchestral pieces on the programme, which was put together with the recommendations of Friends of the Festival and readers of the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper. The seasoned host of the elaborate and colourful concert - which featured international-standard voice and instrument soloists and performances supported by light, laser and firework displays - was once more Herbert Feuerstein. We also celebrated a somewhat smaller anniversary - the 100th concert in the history of the festival.
Saturday evening’s performance was dedicated to the great Russian composer Tchaikovsky, with a careful selection of his many symphonies, piano concertos, orchestral works, operas and ballets. High praise was won from press and public alike for the evening’s ambitious programme, with its excellent ensemble of choir, dancers and orchestra, alongside a spectacular staging of the last movement of the famous 1812 Overture - complete with canon-fire and bell-ringing.

The crowds flocked on Sunday to the Big Berlin Swing Night, a performance themed around ‘Glenn Miller and Friends’. Swing concerts are always amongst the top selling events at the Classic Open Air Festival, and this year was no exception. The protagonists of the evening, Andrej Hermlin and Tom Gaebel, alongside their fantastic musicians and the terrific Helen Schneider, ensured a sweeping success and soon had the audience on its feet.

The success continued on the Monday evening with a closing concert which was moving in a deep sense of the word. The actress Katja Riemann accompanied the audience throughout this ‘Great Night of Movie Music’. Björn Casapietra and Angelika Weiz were joined by Nina Omilian, who had presented the Tchaikovsky concert and now appeared as a singer, to raise the concert atmosphere to new heights which reached a peak in the second half of the evening. The top producer Mousse T., who rules the record charts worldwide, set the audience alight with his smash hits. The line-up was topped off with the unmissable Babelsberg German Film Orchestra which, conducted by Scott Lawton, created the symphonic background to this stunning performance.

All things considered, the 19th festival was an exceptional year which set the bar high for even greater success in 2011. We would be pleased to hear from you, our guests, with requests and comments to make this year’s event as enchanting as possible, and we look forward to welcoming you to future festivals.

With best wishes,

Festival Direction

MEDIA ON-LINE Management GmbH & Co.

Classic Open Air KG


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