“Sarah’s Music - Contemporary Classical” is dedicated to the rich diversity of classical music. In each edition of the weekly program, broadcast in English and German, presenter Sarah Willis presents concert highlights, goes behind the scenes at top events and gets up close and personal with her star guests and their instruments.
Sarah’s Music 1: 07.02.2015
Mozart and Horses
In the first Sarah´s Music episode of 2015, Sarah attends the Mozart Week in Salzburg. One of this year´s highlights is a choreographed performance for horses to the music of Mozart´s cantata “Davide Penitente". This special event takes place in the famous Salzburg Felsenreitschule with horses from the Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts and is conducted by Marc Minkowski.
Sarah’s Music 2: 14.02.2015
The Double Reed Club
Sarah meets up with her Berlin Philharmonic woodwind colleagues to talk about being members of the “Double Reed Club”. They have a special standing in the orchestra because they have to make their own reeds and this involves a lot of work - they are constantly scraping and whittling. Find out how in this episode!
Sarah’s Music 3: 21.02.2015
The Perfect Take
Sarah visits the famous Teldex recording studio in Berlin where all kinds of music is recorded- from pop to classical. She also talks to two world class recording engineers, Friedemann Englebrecht and René Möller, about how music is recorded and what the challenges are today in our digital world.
Sarah’s Music 4: 28.02.2015
The Labèque Sisters
Sarah goes to Paris to meet the famous piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque. The two french sisters have been playing together since childhood and have had an incredible career, inspiring many composers to write pieces especially for them. Sarah talks to Katia and Marielle whilst they prepare for a concert in the new concert hall in the “Maison de la Radio” and will be finding out what is the secret to their lasting success.
Sarah’s Music 5: 14.03.2015
How to get to Carnegie Hall
The famous saying goes: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice!” In this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah and the team are in New York and are exploring the Carnegie Hall to find out why this concert hall is considered one of the best in the world and why you have to practice practice practice to get there. Sarah talks to the Norwegian pianist, Leif Ove Andsnes about why Carnegie´s acoustic is so fantastic and Sir Clive Gillinson, the head of executive and administrative planning about the history of the hall. Jeremy Geffen adds his insider stories and there will be some Beethoven from Leif Ove Andsnes and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
Sarah’s Music 6: 21.03.2015
Hip-Hop & Horn
The Resnick Education Wing is Carnegie Hall´s statement to the world of how important music education is to them. It was opened in 2014 and is the home to many education programs offered by the Weil Music Institute. In this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah is invited to take part in a workshop for young people who are learning about digital music production.
Sarah’s Music 7: 04.04.2015
The 21C Media Group
In this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah visits the offices of the energetic 21C Media Group in New York to find out the different ways classical music can be promoted today in our digital world. 21C Media is a cutting edge company whose mission is “ to help artists and organizations embrace and harness the technological and cultural opportunities afforded by the 21st century”. A fascinating day! 21C provides advice to a star-studded list of clients: among them Spanish tenor and conductor Plácido Domingo as well as British violinist Daniel Hope. The marketing specialists reveal what’s important when classical artists use websites, Facebook and Twitter.
Sarah’s Music 8: 11.04.2015
A Day at the MET
In this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah spends a day at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Known as the “Met”, this opera house is one of the most famous and certainly the largest opera house in the world. It boasts the very best singers in the world, a wonderful acoustic and with their “Met live in HD” cinema broadcasts, they reach audiences worldwide. Here Sarah is invited to sit in on a rehearsal of Massenet´s opera “Manon” with Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo in the main roles. She meets the General Manager of the Met, Peter Gelb, talks to the horn section in the pit, explores backstage and even shows us where the very best acoustic is...
Sarah’s Music 9: 25.04.2015
Music and Science
Sarah and the team go to the Max Planck Institute in Göttingen, Germany to meet scientists who are using the latest MRI and Motion Capture methods to find out exactly what goes on inside a musician´s body whilst playing an instrument. Sarah talks to kinesiology professor Peter Iltis, head of the MRI department in Göttingen, Prof. Jens Frahm and motion capture specialist Erwin Schoonderwaldt. She then volunteers to play the horn in the MRI chamber.
Sarah’s Music 10: 09.05.2015
Hanging Out With Håkan Hardenberger
The Swedish trumpet soloist, Håkan Hardenberger, received his first trumpet aged 8 and hasn´t looked back since. On this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah meets him in Berlin, where he is playing a concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Andris Nelsons. In between rehearsals, he and Sarah hold a live “Horn Hangout” to interact with his fans all over the world and he also finds time to play for her over the rooftops of Berlin. Håkan had his own ideas for this episode´s Horn Challenge, don’t miss this one!
Sarah’s Music 11: 16.05.2015
Fundraising with Music
In this episode Sarah reports on a big fundraising event in Bonn - the 4th German AIDS-Foundation Opera Gala. 11 international opera singers will perform, accompanied by the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn and the Choir of the Bonn Theater. All the proceeds of course go to this good cause and the Gala is sponsored by the Deutsche Welle. How does classical music inspire fundraising? Sarah Willis speaks to Ulrich Heide of the German AIDS-Foundation and to Andreas Hartwig who organizes this annual charity event.
Sarah’s Music 12: 30.05.2015
Grooving with Grubinger
Sarah is in Vienna to meet Martin Grubinger, the 'multi-percussionist' star who is performing live at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Martin and his band, The Percussive Planet, are Austria's choice for the Interval Act for Eurovision and he invited Sarah to take part with him. Of course Sarah said yes and you can see what it was like to be part of such a legendary event and find out all about Martin Grubinger in this episode of Sarah's Music!
Sarah’s Music 13: 13.06.2015
Singing is for Everyone!
The Berlin Radio Choir and their charismatic principal conductor Simon Halsey hold a 'Sing-along Concert' every year. These concerts are extremely popular and 1300 amateur singers come from all over the world to join in. This year, Sarah joins the amateurs - singing soprano in the Verdi Requiem at the Berlin Philharmonie. She also finds out from the members of the Berlin Radio Choir what it is like to sing in a professional choir and asks Simon Halsey just why singing is for everyone.
Sarah’s Music 14: 26.06.2015
Music on the Brain
Romantic music, scary music, relaxing music - music affects us all in one way or another, and is apparently very good for us! Sarah finds out how and why in this episode of Sarah´s Music with the help of one of the world´s leading experts in how the brain perceives and analyses music, Dr. Eckart Altenmüller. She also dons a rather attractive cap and watches how her own brain plays Mozart.
Sarah’s Music 15: 10.07.2015
Bach to the Roots
The famous portrait of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach comes home to Leipzig after traveling around the world for 265 years. Sarah is there for this special event. The world's leading Bach specialist, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, tells Sarah Willis about his special relationship to the portrait.
Sarah’s Music 16: 25.07.2015
A Day with Avi Avital
Sarah spends the day with the Israeli musician Avi Avital and his mandolin. They travel through Berlin in a rickshaw, hold a `plucked instruments picnic´ and Avi convinces techno-music lovers that the mandolin is a really cool instrument.
Sarah’s Music 17: 07.08.2015
The Pacific Music Festival
Horn star Sarah Willis is in Sapporo, Japan for the 2015 Pacific Music Festival. This inspiring and educational music festival was founded by the legendary Leonard Bernstein in 2001 and this year involves 78 young musicians from 23 countries, who have all won their place in the orchestra through online auditions – and the mentors/teachers come from some of the best orchestras in the world.
Sarah’s Music 18: 29.08.2015
The Australian World Orchestra
For this episode, Sarah is in Sydney, Australia, where some of Australia´s top classical musicians from home and abroad are performing as part of the unique Australian World Orchestra - conducted for these concerts by Sir Simon Rattle.
Sarah’s Music 19: 19.09.2015
Beethoven for Kids!
Beethoven is for all ages as we see in this episode which is especially for Sarah´s younger viewers. She visits his birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven in Bonn with some friends and shows us excerpts from one of her children´s concerts.
Sarah’s Music 20: 03.10.2015
The Magic of Chamber Music
In this episode of Sarah´s Music, Sarah talks to star musicians Sol Gabetta and Daishin Kashimoto at this year´s Beethovenfest in Bonn about what makes classical chamber music so magical- for the musicians and the audience!
Sarah’s Music 21: 17.10.2015
Mittendrin – At the Heart of an Orchestra
Find out in this episode of Sarah´s Music what it feels and sounds like to experience a concert at the heart of the orchestra. The `Mittendrin´ ('right in the middle') concert series at the Konzerthaus in Berlin show us exactly that!
Sarah’s Music 22: 31.10.2015
The Horn: Instrument of the Year 2015
Sarah's beloved instrument, the French Horn, is Germany's Instrument of the Year. In this episode she shows how the animal horn evolved to the concert stage instrument - with help of a rhino and 70 horn players.!
Sarah’s Music 23: 14.11.2015
All That Jazz…
Sarah spends the day backstage at Chicago the Musical at the Theater des Westens in Berlin. She meets the cast and musicians and finds out how a musical theater prepares to perform one of the most successful musicals of all time.
Sarah’s Music 24: 28.11.2015
1, 2 and maybe 3: The Viennese Waltz
Sarah is in Vienna to discover the secrets of the Viennese Waltz. Expert dance instructor Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer sweeps her off her feet and live waltzes are provided by the wonderful ensemble The Philharmonics.
Sarah’s Music 25: 12.12.2015
Sarah’s Christmas Music: The Nutcracker
Sarah Willis spends a day at the Deutsche Oper in Berlin watching the rehearsals for everyone´s favourite Christmas ballet, the Nutcracker. She meets the choreographers, the dancers, the Nutcracker and a couple of mice…
Sarah’s Music 26: 26.12.2015
Berlin / Salzburg / New York / Vienna / Sydney 2014-15 Placido Domingo, Avi Avital, Martin Grubinger, Ivan Fischer, Sir Simon Rattle - After 31 episodes, Sarah delves into the Sarah´s Music archives with editor Kevin to find and share some of her favourite moments so far. But how to choose? There are so many! See which moments she selects in this special episode.
We have also produced the 1st
Season with 6 episodes:
Sarah’s Music - Contemporary Classical - Season 1
Currently we are producing 26 new episodes:
Sarah’s Music - Contemporary Classical - Season 3