“Sarah’s Music – Contemporary Classical” is DW’s monthly program dedicated to the rich diversity of classical music. Presenter Sarah Willis gets up close and personal with the stars of the classical music world. In each edition of the monthly broadcast in English and German, Sarah Willis will present European concert highlights, showcase top events, share some of her personal classical music highlights and welcome a star guest.
In the first run of six episodes, the British host, who was born in the US, but grew up in Tokyo, Boston and Moscow, gives audiences around the globe a peek behind the scenes of current productions. Sarah Willis is considered one of the best horn players in the world, and became the Berliner Philharmoniker's first female brass player in 2001. "Classical music is a but of a mystery for many, and I'm delighted to help unlock these secrets with the Deutsche Welle viewers," she said.
Sarah's Music 1: 27.06.2014
Carmina Burana at Berlin Kulturforum Festival
In this first episode of 'Sarah's Music', Sarah Willis is at the Kulturforum Festival in Berlin to take a look behind the scenes. She speaks to Sir Simon Rattle, Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker, about his vision for involving children from all walks of life in classical music and follows his rehearsals with a young choir as they prepare to perform Carl Orff's 'Carmina Burana'.
Sarah's Music 2: 25.07.2014
In the second episode, Sarah Willis meets top Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel and they discuss the magic of open-air concerts. And she takes part in a very special event: Once a year, the Berliner Philharmoniker play in front of 20,000 spectators at the Waldbühne, an open-air amphitheater in the German capital’s Olympic Stadium complex.
Sarah’s Music 3: 22.08.2014
In our third episode Sarah Willis meets one of the world's most famous opera singers, Spanish tenor Plácido Domingo. Sarah, who is also a horn player with the Berliner Philharmoniker, will be talking to Plácido Domingo about the world's major music festivals and why performers are always keen to perform there.
Sarah’s Music 4: 19.09.2014
Beethoven, Bonn and Gummi Bears
In the fourth episode, Sarah Willis pays a visit to the annual Beethovenfest in Bonn. She meets Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons to discuss the life and work of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven. This year’s festival features a performance by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra of all nine of Beethoven’s symphonies.
Sarah’s Music 5: 03.10.2014
Strings & Stradivari
The fifth episode of Sarah’s Music focuses on stringed instruments. Every musician has a story to tell about their instrument. Sarah Willis speaks to German cellist Alban Gerhardt and renowned violinmakers Daniel Kogge and Yves Gateau about their experiences. The program also features music from the Borodin Quartet from Russia.
Sarah’s Music 6: 31.10.2014
In Episode 6, Sarah Willis attends the Echo Klassik 2014 Awards in Munich where she experiences some red carpet glamour and talks to Yannik Nézet-Séguin, Conductor of the Year, Emanuel Ax and Felix Klieser about what it takes to reach the top these days.
We have also produced the 2nd
Season with 26 episodes:
Sarah’s Music - Contemporary Classical - Season 2
Currently we are producing 26 new episodes:
Sarah’s Music - Contemporary Classical - Season 3