Rule, Britannia! //
conductor: Stefan Solyom
soloist: Marcus Jupither
moderation: Gayle Tufts
featuring music by Sir Edward Elgar, Sir William Walton, Arthur Sullivan, Sir Arnold Bax, Sir Henry Wood, Thomas Arne, John Barry and David Arnold
The last night of our concert season promises to be very British – the »Proms« are coming to the Ilm! Those who associate England with fog, cool breezes, fish and chips, and dry humour are up for a big surprise! Under a hopefully warm summer sky, the Staatskapelle Weimar and its head conductor Stefan Solyom will fill the Weimarhallenpark with richly romantic orchestral sounds and the finest musical entertainment with its »Rule, Britannia!« concert – an ironic reference to the unofficial national hymn of the British.
At these traditional open-air summer concerts, the audience takes their seats on the terraces of the Weimarhalle with a view of the festively illuminated park or on the greens where they can picnic or stroll around the pond and its floating stage, while the orchestra presents the splendour and diversity of British culture with works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Malcolm Arnold, Henry Wood, Edward Elgar, Ron Goodwin, William Walton and Frederick Delius. And naturally, like the »Proms« in London, the audience in Weimar is expressly invited to wave their flags and sing along to the musical highlights. Perhaps the most American of all Berliners since JFK, the entertainer Gayle Tufts – our »gorgeous darling« who can produce an endorphin high in people any time of year – will moderate the concert performance with a good dose of humour. With glitter, glamour and a charming dash of ›Denglish‹, Tufts is the perfect ambassador for this cultural extravaganza that will surely delight the senses!