On July 15 Deutsche Welle launched a new multi-media project focusing on classical music. The project features star conductor Alondra de la Parra as both protagonist and reporter in a series of 26 web videos and six television shows.
The cooperation with the German foreign broadcaster has been “an inspiring experience on a completely different stage,” said the 36-year-old director. “Musica Maestra” premiered in mid-July with weekly web videos on DW’s English and Spanish Facebook accounts “DW Culture” and “DW (Español).” On October 14, the television series will debut in both English and Spanish.
The director guides viewers through the world of talented musicians like Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki and French cellist Gautier Capuçon. The audience not only gets an insight into the work of the artists but also catches a glimpse of their private lives. The portraits are rounded off with scenes including sessions with de la Parra and the protagonists as well as concert recordings, a look backstage and scenes taken with the musicians while on tour.
For Deutsche Welle, “Musica Maestra” offers renewed opportunity to present classical music in a contemporary way to their audiences. “Alondra de la Parra embodies a new type of musician in the classical field,” said DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “She considers the new rules for the realization of classical music and is not afraid of other musical genres. She uses social media like a pop star would and brings incredible music to many young people. And she is an amazing female conductor in a male-dominated field.”
To download the first episode. https://share.ard-zdf-box.de/s/lJ1zt0uRVWnI4bu. To view on Youtube,
Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xRlsE46NX8&t=105s.
Alondra de la Parra: “I want to share my experiences and the things I’ve lived through with users and audience members. Music is a language that everyone can understand and love. Deutsche Welle is a wonderful platform to reach all of those who let themselves be taken by music.”
The web videos and the TV shows for “Musica Maestra” were produced by “Bernhard Fleischer Moving Images.“
Alondra de la Parra at the Beethovenfest Bonn 2016: http://p.dw.com/p/1K0UN
Biography: Alondra de la Parra
Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra has gained widespread attention for her international performances and her commitment to promote Latin American composers. She frequently works with some of the world’s most prestigious orchestras including Orchestre de Paris, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell’ Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and the Tonhalle Orchester Zurich. In 2017 she started her term as general music director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, becoming the first ever music director of an Australian orchestra.
In the 2016/17 season, she made her debut with Bamberger Symphoniker, Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Further highlights were her debut at Beethovenfest Bonn and concerts with the BBC Philharmonic.
In Latin America, de la Parra works frequently with a diverse array of Mexican ensembles as well as the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. She has received awards and acclaim for her work with the Simón Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela.
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