Itaipu - the singing rock

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Itaipu - the singing rock

Music breaking down all barriers

Nikolaisaal Potsdam / Address: Wilhelm-Staab-Str. 10/11, 14467 Potsdam


Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg
NFM Chor Wroc
Artistic Director NFM Chor: Agnieszka Franków-Zelazny
Musical Director: Robert Reimer


Philip Glass (*1937)
Itaipu. Symphonic portrait for choir and orchestra
1. Mato Grosso
2. The Lake
3. The Dam
4. To the Sea


Itaipu means "the singing rock" in the language of the Guarani: a legendary piece of rock in the rapids of the River Paraná exuding a unique sound. For the indigenous people it is "the place where music is born". It took 17 years to build a massive dam in the river at the border of Brazil and Paraguay resulting in one of the world's largest hydroelectric plants. The project inspired Philip Glass to write a monumental choral-symphonic piece: maximal music, which invokes the power of the water and the technology that tames it by means of energy driven rhythms and it challenges any choir to deliver outstanding performances.

The sound of water will already be roaring around you at the Pre-Concert in the foyer at 07.30 pm: when presenting the world premier of choir performance "Aqua Qua" conducted by composer David Moss, the Choir of Helmholtz-Gymnasium and the Generationenchor Potsdam will put you in the mood fort he adventure that is "Itaipu".

A cooperation between Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci and Nikolaisaal Potsdam

Component of Philip Glass Minimal Music Project - The workshops
Workshop: Bodypercussion & minimal music on 23rd June 2017
Workshop: What does Water sound like? on 21st/22nd/23rd June 2017

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