The Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal open their doors for the second time to a day full of music and many other activities. The music program 2018 is dedicated to Anton Webern.
But who was Webern? A dry intellectual representative of the Second Viennese School and 12-tone composer to be feared? Or rather a highly emotional artist following the path of Viennese traditionalists, inspired by alpine scenery, bygone poets, and music of centuries past?
Many people would adhere to the first statement. In reality, this could not be further from the truth.
Come and join us at the Pierre Boulez Saal and immerse yourselves in this still enigmatic composer, whose entire oeuvre fits onto six CDs. Listen in on some of his key chamber music works. Discover who really were Webern’s main influences (a surprising collection). Read what Webern himself said about the emotional meaning in his music. Find out why Frank Zappa was crazy about him. Be wowed by a sound installation based on a twelve-tone row, considered by the composer Milton Babbitt to be “a paragon of symmetrical construction.”
You can also sign up for workshops with Dietmar Wiesner in the Mozart Auditorium*, where you’ll be composing your own twelve-tone piece à la Anton Webern.
In the seminar and rehearsal rooms, you may discover groups of players performing some of these gems of the Second Viennese School just for you—go on, take a risk, surprise yourself and maybe you’ll find a secret door into a new and beautiful musical world.

* Registration required, seating is limited, general admission


Pierre Boulez Saal: Anton Webern chamber music concerts, with Denis Kozhukhin and students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, duration approx. 20 minutes, start times throughout the day.

Barenboim-Said Akademie Room 121: Sound installation by Paul Brody: Webern Loops: Eine Andere Art von Liebe and Webern 12-Tone Row Through Berlin and Beyond

Akademie Room 118: Lectures by Christian Mason “The Influence of Heinrich Isaac on Anton Webern” (in English, no translation)
Start times:
11:15 am
12:45 am
2:15 pm
3:45 pm

Mozart Auditorium: Workshops with Dietmar Wiesner
The “Opus Anton Webern” workshops are meant for participation of the attendants, with the aim to bring Webern’s music closer in an uncomplicated and playful way. In the end, all participants will play small music pieces in the style of Webern.
Workshops for families, children aged 8 or above, young people and adults, maximum attendance 30 people
Duration: 60 minutes. In German, without English translation.
Instruments and a piano will be provided; participants may bring their own instruments.
Start times:
11:15 am
12:45 am
2:15 pm
3:45 pm

Workshop registration at www.boulezsaal.de and 030 4799 7411.

Academy Room 113: Sound installation Intrinsic Loops #2 by Caroline Siegers.
Caroline Siegers works as a sound engineer for orchestras and opera-productions and as sound artist for theatre and film-productions. In her work Intrinsic Loops #2 she composes a soundtrack for musical clocks, bells, wine glasses, a Fender Rhodes Stage Piano and sound effects, following an elaborated structural design.
Duration: all day

Foyer: The Sound of Utopia – the exhibition about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the founding of the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal

Foyer: Oriental food by Casalot Catering

Open House
May 20, 2018, 11am – 5pm
General admission
No registration required (except for the workshops in the Mozart Auditorium)

Stay up to date on possible wait times on the day of the event, at every full hour at www.boulezsaal.de or www.facebook.com/boulezsaal.