Young Performers from Two Countries Enchant Audience with Musical Show “Don’t Stop Me Now”
More than 150 young performers from the Leipzig Opera Children’s Choir and the Barış İçin Müzik (Music for Peace) Youth Orchestra and Choir met up in Istanbul for the first time last week under the coordination of ENKA Arts and with support from the ENKA Foundation. The young performers from Germany and Turkey were taking part in the second leg of the “Weit, weit, weg. Zuhause/Far, Far Away. At Home” project. The first leg took place in Leipzig in 2016. On that occasion, 70 young performers from the Barış için Müzik group travelled to Leipzig and the ENKA Foundation met their travel expenses. This time, the Foundation assumed the accommodation costs of the whole party arriving from Germany and all the transport, catering and similar expenses of the entire company, including the Barış için Müzik group. The Foundation also took responsibility for preparing the rehearsal and concert halls and all related technical and organisational matters.
During a one-week musical camp, members of the two groups took part both in cultural activities and in workshops designed to enhance their musical talents. About 500 students were invited to an “Open Rehearsal” organised for ENKA Schools by ENKA Arts, giving them the opportunity to learn more about the show and observe the activities.
The climax of the project came on February 12th and 13th with performances of the musical show “Don’t Stop Me Now”. The show is set in the year 2040, when the world has become a better place thanks to music. The performances were notable for their colourful costumes and choreography. The children from the two countries and the audience all sang the Turkish folk song Dere Geliyor Dere together. The show was directed by Anett Krause, while the Leipzig Opera Children’s Choir was led by Sophie Bauer, the Barış İçin Müzik Youth Choir by Ceyda Çekmeci and the Orchestra by Samuel Matus. The show attracted great interest from the media as well as from the many music-lovers who filled the ENKA Auditorium to see it.