The idea for our orchestra came to Adrian Werum after his engagement as musical director of the television show "Musical Show-Star 2008" on ZDF, moderated by Thomas Gottschalk. Unlike the TV show, his vision was that the orchestra should be the star.
The igniting spark came after he moved to Stuttgart's Rosensteinviertel near the Nordbahnhof, which is sometimes also called the "Bronx of Stuttgart". Characterized by immigration and niches of cultural and social life such as life in the wagons and the carriage halls, there is also a pronounced immigrant cultural life here, which at that time was at least completely isolated from the subsidized cultural life of the representative state capital.
His idea was to bring both together. The first musicians came together in a variety of ways. On the one hand, Adrian Werum followed indications of musicians and bands with ethnic instruments, visited them in their rehearsal rooms and tried to win them over for the orchestra.
There was also a regular casting in the youth center in Mitte with a prominent jury made up of Gotthilf Fischer, Lilo Scrimali (Fanta 4, DSDS, Joy Delanane, Max Herre) & Klaus Wagenleiter (SWR Big Band). The third part of the orchestra consisted of musicians whom Adrian Werum knew from the classical orchestras in Stuttgart and the musical theaters in the SI-Centrum. The first concert was moderated by Marc Marshall.
Exotic and classic instruments combine to create rousing grooves. The range of instruments is sensational, from the alphorn to the sitar, everything is included.
Stuttgart weekly newspaper:
The most diverse music group far and wide. One highlight followed the other. The listeners were never safe from surprises. Instruments that had never been heard inspired one another, made something completely new out of the familiar and led across the continents. Each individual is masterful on his instrument.
Musicians from all over the world perform unique world landscapes in the Kulturhaus Arena. The orchestra is unique. Werum playfully uses the sound characteristics of classical and exotic instruments for the compositions. The mix of different sounds makes the orchestra unique.
THEATERHAUS ANNUAL CONERTS
From 2011 to 2013 we performed our annual concerts in the Theaterhaus Stuttgart in autumn.
Many guest singers supported us:
2011 Etta Scollo and Fatima El-Shibli
2012 Olvido Ruiz, Ufuk Gazipa, Michaela Kovar, Anna-Maria Hefele & Charles Simmons
2013 additionally Alexandra Seefisch & Aris Sas. Here, for the first time, we performed an excerpt from Adrian Werum's new musical opera "Narziss & Goldmund".
IN THE CLASSICAL CHARTS WITH JAY ALEXANDER
We recorded the CDs "A star is rising" and "You, my soul, sing" in the Peter & Paul Church in Reutlingen Gönningen.
The albums reached positions 1-4 in the German Classic Charts.
All albums were recorded by the Kleine Audiowelt team in Heidelberg: Dennis Kopacz, Markus Born and the first two albums with the recently deceased Günten Appenheimer. More infos about Jay Alexander here.
SYMPHONY OF OUR LIVES
The symphony of our lives 2016 was a project of the Sindelfingen community foundation with the support of the cultural office and Daimler AG. For a year Debora Vilchez and Adrian Werum rehearsed with refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq and their families, listened to their stories, got to know their culture, connected the refugees with other immigrants in Sindelfingen, the schools and kindergartens and founded a project choir for this our first musical.
In the end, everything came on the stage of the Stadthalle Sindelfingen in two days of rehearsals.
Not only were the performances always sold out, the composition of the audience was also a great pleasure: people from all ages and social classes, all skin colors and cultures were represented.
From the press:
The brilliant Spirit of One Orchestra , with classical-symphonic and exotic instruments under the direction of musical composer Adrian Werum, immediately gives a foretaste of its unusual sound design in the introduction. A bass foundation coming from the deepest roots seems to want to quote Strauss' Zarathustra, but it gives birth to a muezzin-like singing call.
A delicate bell motif later – the sound originates more from the Christian Occident – the curtain rises. The dark stage is bathed in blue. The choir can be seen in rank and file in the background. Only when something starts to stir in the foreground does it become clear that there is a large pile of people lying on the ground who are slowly getting up.
Children, women, men, dressed in oriental, African and European clothes, wake up from their sleep, the symbolic blue of the sea gives way to a red sunrise and the chorus begins the piece "Freiheit, die ich meine Meine". Not immediately, only later it becomes clear: the stage is a boat deck. The motley crew is on a ship that is floating on the sea.
Almost 90 minutes later, a look from Frank Heinkel through his didgeridoo initiates the musical finale. He sees land. Starting signal for the 17th and last musical movement "For my new fatherland". The curtain closes and three quarters of the audience spontaneously rise to applause.
HOW TO SUPPORT US ON OUR WAY FORWARD:
Our Spirit of One Orchestra has been registered as a non-profit limited liability company since 2020 and donations to us are fully tax deductible. We are happy to issue a donation receipt.
From our statutes: "
The purpose of the company is to promote musical encounters between cultures within the meaning of Section 52 (2) No. 5 of the tax code.
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