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Heimathafen Neukölln



Coming home – the ATOS Trio opens its own concert series at Neukölln´s Heimathafen

Since forming the ATOS Trio in 2003 it has been a constant joy to make music together. The repertoire for piano trio holds many surprises as well as treasures and great masterworks, and we get the chance to interprete these incredible pieces many times, again and again. In times of an ever-growing pace of life, of crossover arts and highspeed careers, the chance to repeatedly and steadily work together on these wonderful pieces has become a luxury and a necessity to us. We tremendously enjoy the freedom to form own ideas and concepts and to make our own decisions, as a piano trio – a freedom that is inate to the concept of chamber music.

We must be doing something right: from the beginning, The ATOS Trio has been awarded prizes and won honors in many a competition, as well as becoming a favorite of audiences and critics wherever we have played, be that New York City, London or Hamburg. We are one of the very few German piano trios who perform internationally on a regular basis.

The Idea

A little while ago we developed the strong wish to form our concert series in our hometown Berlin, a sort of musical home-coming. This concert series would be our platform to develop various programs, to try out differing formats and to have artistic freedom to follow our own visions. While being hosted so generously throughout the world, we would like to become hosts ourselves, step by step. We want to work together with composers, authors, actors, employ light installations, and try out new program formats and ideas. And, of course, we want to perform the music we love most.

The Concerts

Two different concert formats will be featured during the first season:

In the EVENING CONCERTS we simply offer finely tuned, themed recital programs as an introduction to the ATOS Trio and to welcome our Berlin audiences at our new homestead. During the next season, we then will venture out to provide chambermusic recitals of great variety.

In the NOON CONCERTS, the trio will perform for students from neighborhood schools, their families and friends. We want to introduce the students to classical music in a real concert setting and a beautiful hall, but without the distance often felt at such events. To achieve a high level of familiarity with the repertoire performed and with us as performers, the ATOS Trio is working closely with the schools and their students and visits classes on a weekly basis. Interactivity is a keyword, the trio and the students explore instruments, ideas and music together.

The ATOS Trio is convinced of the great importance that music has for the development of every child, for its successful integration into society, for developing concentration and communication skills.

The Location

The Heimathafen (Homestead) is the ideal location for our project.

It provides a beautiful surrounding for our musical coming home of sorts, and with its central location in one of Berlin´s most active neighborhoods, Neukölln, it also presents itself as a vital and lively place where the arts meet.

Interestingly enough this will be the first time there is classical music at the Heimathafen - a gap that longed for closing, and a spectacular chance for us to reach a new audience! At the same time, it will be our pleasure to invite the regular classical audience, and to hopefully help form a new, multifacetted picture of Neukölln within the minds of those who think of this district only as problematic, with little to offer but a high crime rate and migratory problems.

For our Noon Concerts, the location of the Heimathafen is ideal – it is just around the corner of the Regenbogenschule, an arts magnet elementary school – and the classes can walk to the recitals and don´t have logistical problems about how to get to the hall.

The Funding

Die Förderung

A large part of the funding for the Heimathafen project is most generously provided by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust.

The trust has enabled the ATOS Trio to grow as musicians and as humans. Through our evening concert series we now have the chance not only to reach traditional audiences, but to bring chamber music to a fresh and exciting location with new listeners.

Through the Noon Concerts series, we get to infuse kids with classical music on a regular basis – chlidren who otherwise may not have the chance to visit classical concerts at all.

If you wish to add your iniative to this project, please contact Susanne at Konzertdirektion Hampl.

November 22, 2012 - 8pm     I: Vienna: „Gipfelstürmer“  

Ludwig van Beethoven - Piano Trio in Bb-Major, op.97 "Archduke"

Franz Schubert - Piano Trio No.2 in Eb-Major, op.100

Januar 11, 2013 - 8pm     II: Bohemia: „...durch den Tod entrissen.“

Josef Suk - Piano Trio in c-minor, op.2

Bedrich Smetana - Piano Trio in g-minor, op.15

Antonin Dvorak - Piano Trio in f-minor, op.65

February 22, 2013 - 8pm     III: France: „D'un matin de printemps“

Claude Debussy - Piano Trio in G-Major

Cécile Chaminade - Piano Trio No.2 in a-minor, op.34

Gabriel Faure - Piano Trio in d-minor, op.120

Lili Boulanger - D'un matin de printemps

Jean Francaix - Piano Trio

April 26, 2013 - 8pm     IV: Russia - „...and the light shines through the darkness.“ (Tolstoi)

Sergej Rachmaninoff - Piano Trio in g-minor, op.posth.

Anton Arensky - Piano Trio No.1 in d-minor, op.32

Alexander Weprik - Three Folkdances, op.13b

Dmitri Schostakowitsch - Piano Trio No.2 in e-minor, op.67

Website Borletti-Buitoni Trust
Website Konzertdirektion Hampl

Website Heimathafen Neukölln

Heimathafen Neukölln, im Saalbau Neukölln
Karl-Marx-Strasse 141, 12043 Berlin
Subway: U7 Karl-Marx-Strasse

Thomas Hoppe

Heimathafen Neukölln

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