Musikkapelle let the audience discover different sounds of music
An article from the local newspaper BZ from 12th November
Usually the orchestra is situated on stage and it is out of reach for the audience. It wasn’t like that with the Musikkapelle Heiden last Sunday. When performing the concert “Dream machine” the orchestra was placed within the audience on the ground floor in the Westmünsterlandhalle Heiden. “The young listeners nearly sit on the lap of the musicians “ was an amusing remark of the moderator Annette Nienhoff at the beginning of the concert. However, the children were not only interested in the orchestra but also in the huge sparkling disco ball being fixed over the orchestra. This ball created a suitable atmosphere for the first piece “Magic Overture” to be played by the Musikkapelle and conducted by André Baumeister.
After that the Musikkapelle started the “Dream machine”, a musical story written and composed by Thiemo Kraas.
The story narrated by Beatrix Overmann dealt with the adventures of the unsucsessful professor Dreami and his assistant Clumsy.
Having developed unnumerable inventions they finally built a dream machine which enabled them to travel into their dreams. So they experienced adventures e.g. with knights in castles in middle age.
With the support of the music of the Musikkapelle the audience could actually hear when the prof and his assistant came to a medieval market place, when they watched a knights tournament or when they entered a witch kitchen. “Can you hear all the ghostly sounds?” asked Beatrix Overmann the audience.
The story wasn’t only recognized by the music but also by pictures. Pupils from the local primary school were asked to draw pictures suiting to the different scenes of the story: pictures from the market place, the medieval castle, a wonderful princess or fighting knights for instance were projected on a board just in time with the corresponding music. And last but not least a selfmade Westmünsterlandhalle.
To be honest some of the very little guests were also interested in walking about the very big hall. “However when visiting a family concert it doesn’t matter very much”, commentated the conductor André Baumeister to the more than 700 listeners.
One of the very many children who enjoyed the concert was Johanna-Marie Liß who came to Heiden from a neighbouring village: “ I liked the dream machine very much”, she told us. And the five-year-old Tim told his parents his new wish for Christmas: “I’d love to have this dream machine”.