Concerts at the Forest Lake

Events 2018

Happenstance

Connections in the neighbourhood can be very useful. Almost three years ago when the Sammatzer Waldsee had just been finished, we had a conversation with the Hamburg master violin maker Anneke Degen, who is also our neighbour, to talk about the prospect of music at the newly created space. She brought us into contact with a friend; fittingly the first violinist in the orchestra of the Komische Opera Berlin. The rest is Sammatz history, so to speak.

In Sophie Heinrich we found a great artist and friend, and one clear, cool evening in September 2017 was our first open air concert at the Waldsee. It was a risk: would nature and music, the singing violin and the softly speaking voices of the trees, the water and the sky all fit together? When the Violin Solo Concerto, which included two wonderful Bach Suites, came to an end and the violinist and all the guests were still enjoying an evening song while the first stars appeared in the sky, the answer was a resounding yes. Music, the right music, and the lake come into a conversation that enthrals us as listeners.

Waldsee concerts 2018

Sophie Heinrich directed six more Waldsee concerts that took place in 2018. In May there was a brass concert by the Berlin Chamber Brass who played genres spanning from Baroque to Jazz. In June, a solo performance by cellist Sonja-Lena Schmid followed, where she played her new cello from Anneke Degen’s workshop in a concert for the first time. Bach sounded harsh but beautiful and an exciting Ligeti composition was also stunningly rising above the water with floating sounds.

… stunningly rising
above the water

with floating sounds …

… withing the scope of Sommerliche Musiktage

The next concert in July was part of the renowned Hitzacker Musiktage, the oldest German festival for chamber music, and earned us a visit from television producers and an atmospheric film report in the NDR3. The Waldsee in the spotlight! More than five hundred visitors gathered on a splendid summer day on various terraces and banks around the floating stage, on which four young ensembles played Beethoven string quartets and gave a work specially written for the lake its world premiere. What was particularly appealing was that the afternoon concert was preceded by a series of ‘musical interventions’ in the Sammatzer Gardens: a flute, a cello, a violin and an accordion sounded at different locations, proving once again how well nature and music can harmonise. We hope to have a similar cooperation with Hitzacker this year!
You can watch the short TV-report here. Here you can find a nice review which appeared in our local newspaper.

A good start – see you next year

In August there was a more intimate song recital with the powerful soprano Alexandra Steiner, accompanied by Ulrike Payer on the piano. Finally, Sophie Heinrich concluded the evening of our summer concert series with an evening for violin and piano, in which she was accompanied by Paul Rivinius. An intimate musical understanding between the artists once again inspired this concert in a magical way. Perhaps it has something to do with Sophie that the music came once again so wonderfully into a dialogue with the natural environment. In any case, many listeners felt that if listened to more internally, this last event was the actual highlight of our diverse summer of music. They are all waiting for the winter to be over so that soon a new series of natural-musical encounters can begin.

This reaffirmed once again the happy coincidence which came about from a neighbourly conversation. Thanks Anneke, thank you Sophie for enriching the life of Sammatz! We would like to have you as the first concertmaster in Sammatz ☺ – congratulations to you and good luck for your upcoming job as the first violinist in Vienna!

A piece of the life of Sammatz

These concerts have equally become a piece of the life of Sammatz, not only through nature and the musicians, but also through the audience, the music connoisseurs from near and far, long-established Sammatzians, Michaelshof staff, excited Peronnik children and interested young volunteers from all over the world.

waiting for the winter to
be over so that soon

a new series of
natural-musical
encounters

can begin …

The last concert was special in other ways as well: For the first time, the great Steinway grand piano was heard, which will be available to us again this year thanks to a cooperation with the Hamburger Klangmanufaktur.

Of course, remembering the raindrops that disrupted the end of the last concert, we should not forget to thank the weather gods for six rain-free events. We ask them to return in 2019, hopefully in summer with more rain than in the summer last year, but graciously bless us with clear weather on some particular evenings at Sammatzer Waldsee.

We are very pleased to welcome you all again this summer or for your first time at a Waldsee concert. For the current concert program see here!

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Phone: +49 5858 970-30
Mail: info@sammatz.de
Donations Account
SAL Treuhandstiftung
IBAN:DE16 4306 0967 2007 5878 02
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