Stuttgart Music Festival, 1 – 11 September 2016
Premiere with drums and four grand pianos: in September 2016, for the first time, the Stuttgart Music Festival of the renowned International Bach Academy will see two concerts taking place in the Mercedes-Benz Museum. On 3 September, percussionist Murat Coşkun will be making a guest appearance with a family concert entitled “Stories from 1000 and one rhythms.” On 8 September the Gershwin Piano Quartet will be on stage with four Steinway grand pianos as part of the series “Unternehmen Musik” (roughly speaking: “Business Music”). This concert also brings a reminder of a little-known chapter of Mercedes-Benz brand history: the foundation of the Daimler Motor Company in 1888 by the North American piano manufacturer Steinway.
Stuttgart. The composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach and the automotive pioneer Gottlieb Daimler each set new standards in their respective callings. The International Bach Academy’s Stuttgart Music Festival this year will for the first time see a collaboration between a classical music festival and the Mercedes-Benz Museum. Once again, the Mercedes-Benz Museum is underlining its tremendous scope as a venue for artistic and cultural activities.
Audience-participation concert for families on the traditions of drum music
On 3 September (Saturday) at 3 p.m., percussionist Murat Coşkun will be guiding his audience on a journey to the “Stories from 1000 and one rhythms”. Accompanied by his own children, Coşkun will lead this audience-participation concert involving the traditions of drum music from different countries of the Orient and beyond. The characters appearing in these pieces are as varied as the rhythms: the drummer sounding the wake-up call, the heroic horseman, a whirling dancer, a graceful dancer at a wedding celebration. Authenticity is ensured by the wide range of instruments used. They include, for example, a variety of frame drums from Turkey (bendir, tef and erbane), Iran (daf, dayereh), India (kanjira) and North Africa (tar) as well as tambourines from Italy (tamburello) and melodic instruments such as the Swiss instrument called the Hang. Individual tickets to the family concert on 3 September cost 16 euros, for families the price is 8 euros each for both children and parents.
Four Steinway concert grand pianos and one American Mercedes of 1905
Four pianists, playing alongside each other on four Steinway concert grand pianos in the imposing atrium of the Mercedes-Benz Museum: a very special musical experience can be expected from the Gershwin Piano Quartet on 8 September (Thursday) at 7 p.m., with some exciting arrangements of familiar classical music hits and jazz compositions as part of the series “Unternehmen Musik” (“Business Music”). The programme includes works by Pjotr Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein. The evening will also be unique in the way it brings together the names of Daimler and Steinway, in a reminder of one of the earliest chapters of the Mercedes-Benz brand history. Piano manufacturer William Steinway was in fact the first importer of Daimler engines to North America, founding the Daimler Motor Company in New York on 29 September 1888 for this very purpose. Daimler thus became the first European automobile manufacturer to establish business links with North America. In 1891 Steinway, born in 1835 as Wilhelm Steinweg in Seesen, near the German city of Braunschweig (Brunswick), began building Daimler engines under licence. From 1905 on, the ensuing Daimler Manufacturing Company went on to produce the first vehicle, known as the “American Mercedes” – essentially a copy of the Mercedes 45 hp model built in Cannstatt. Another focus of attention in the atrium on the evening of the concert will be an original American Mercedes, built in 1905. This rare vehicle is from the collection of Mercedes-Benz Classic.