Frankfurt Europa Open Air: with the Eintracht anthem for the concert finale | hessenschau.de

This is what a perfect summer evening in Frankfurt looks like. Over 12,000 people enjoyed an open-air concert of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Big Band on the banks of the River Main. The emotional highlight of the evening: the cult song with goosebumps guaranteed.

video post

Video

03:30 min

Europa Open Air in Frankfurt



hs_250822

End of video post

Already in the early afternoon, queues of visitors formed before entering the Weseler Werft area. Packed in cool boxes, picnic blankets, folding chairs – Frankfurt Europa Open Air fans of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and the European Central Bank (ECB) know what you need for a successful outdoor concert evening.

hr-Bigband and Kinga Głyk are really getting going

The Hessian Radio Symphony Orchestra gave this open-air concert for the seventh time. Due to the pandemic, the event had to be canceled in the last two years – so now a brilliant restart in the best late summer weather.

From 6.00 p.m., he was the traditional first attraction hr big band under the direction of Jörg Achim Keller. Kinga Głyk, a 25-year-old electric bassist, made a guest appearance on the stage. Big band leader Keller has put the titles from their current album “Feelings” into soulful arrangements – the perfect start to a chilly evening.


Bassist Kinga Głyk on the Europa Open Air stage in Frankfurt - in the background a banner with the inscription hr-Bigband

If you know a 25-year-old Polish woman from her YouTube videos, you will probably see about three million views to haveYou may wonder how fast your fingers can fly over the instrument. Experiencing it live excited the audience after the first bars. For about an hour it was “All About That Bass” – a concentrated load of a bass guitar, played with virtuosity – accompanied by a rousing sound of a big band.

Funky, groovy, with elements of jazz, and then again tender and dreamy – Kinga Głyk showed a whole range of her skills – including a little singing practice for the audience. The bassist described the experience of Europa Open Air and the collaboration with hr big band as “an amazing experience”. She revealed that she had never played in front of so many people before. If you missed the show, here’s the recording:

External content

Display external YouTube content (video)?

Here are the content recommended by our editors YouTube (video). After the content has been loaded, the data is transmitted to the provider and possibly other third parties. For more information, please see our privacy policy.

Here are the content recommended by our editors YouTube (video). Since you have disabled Javascript in your browser, it cannot be displayed here. The link below opens the content on the provider’s website.

Open YouTube content (video)


End of external content

From guest conductor to main conductor: Alain Altinoglu

After an hour-long conversion break, that was it Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra his performance – under the baton of his chief conductor Alain Altinoglu. For him, the concert evening at the Wesel shipyard had to be a déjà vu experience. At Europa Open Air 2019, Altinoglu was a guest conductor and felt “like at a rock concert”. Classical music outdoors with thousands of viewers is not an everyday reality, even for experienced conductors.

This time about 11,000 people gathered there, as well as viewers on the south bank of the Main, on boats, bridges and surrounding balconies, probably about 12,500 music lovers were listening there. “We missed you a lot,” Altinoglu said after the orchestra played the overture to Giuseppe Verdi’s “Force of Destiny”. The first place of a musical trip to Europe was Italy. “We are playing a European program today because we are in Frankfurt, in the heart of Europe.”

Unique talent captivates the audience

It was continued by Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in which the only 18-year-old Yoav Levanon, who should be described as an exceptional talent, played the piano. The first meeting of Altinoglu with a young pianist? “I have it in Internet Seen”. This is how talent checking works in 2022.

Hearing the pin drop outside may be nearly impossible, but the 18-year-old’s soft but intense playing that left the audience holding their breath could be a feat. Levanon delivered straight, no frills, all in all calmly and with apparent ease, so that the audience jumped enthusiastically from the camping chairs and picnic blankets.


Yoav Levanon on the piano - conductor Alain Altinoglu next to him

“I love you in Frankfurt,” shouted Levanon, beaming and making his finger his heart into the roaring crowd. He would like to give a concert of this rank every day – he confessed after the dedicated performance of the encore “La Campanella” by Franz Liszt.

A quick finale with a twist at the end

Correspondingly for the intimate summer night, Claude Debussy’s “Trois Nocturnes” sounded – light as a feather, sleepily lost and like elves, accompanied by a female choir from the Frankfurter Kantorei, Cäcilienchor Frankfurt, Figuralchor Frankfurt and the Frankfurter Singakademie. The finale was approaching with the suite for Mieczysław Weinberg’s orchestra. “Passion, love, romance and a furious gallop” – this is how the presenter Susann Atwell announced the five-part work.

So the audience did have something to rock and merry at the end of the official show. Hungarian Brahms Dance No. 6 was the first encore that made the audience leap forward. Everything had been very nice so far, but the emotional highlight of the evening was yet to come. You could have guessed it when the conductor Altinoglu at the beginning of the concert pointed out that Frankfurt is at the heart of Europe.

Frankfurt – something in the heart of Europe

After all, with the Frankfurt Radio Symphony there is not only a world-class orchestra, but also a football club that travels all over Europe. And so at the end the Eintracht’s anthem “Im Herzen von Europa” sounded – with an orchestra, choir and karaoke lyrics, to which the audience sang on the screens. And you didn’t have to ask twice and smash them to your lungs. Could the evening end better? Did you miss it Here is the recording of the event:

External content

Display external YouTube content (video)?

Here are the content recommended by our editors YouTube (video). After the content has been loaded, the data is transmitted to the provider and possibly other third parties. For more information, please see our privacy policy.

Here are the content recommended by our editors YouTube (video). Since you have disabled Javascript in your browser, it cannot be displayed here. The link below opens the content on the provider’s website.

Open YouTube content (video)


End of external content

Transmission: hr-fernsehen, Hessenschau, August 25, 2022 at 19.30

Leave a Comment