Big band and symphony orchestra together on stage? Almost impossible. Almost! The Ruhrtriennale dares to experiment and lets the improvisational freedom of jazz and the complex construction methods of classical compositions meet. The concert program »Play Big!« combines the ghostly ironic sounds of Sofia Gubaidulina with a new composition by jazz drummer and composer Michael Wertmüller and Simon Steen-Andersen's madcap spectacle »TRIO« for choir, orchestra, big band and video – performed by the Basel Sinfonietta, the NDR Bigband and Chorwerk Ruhr under the musical direction of Titus Engel. An absolute must for every music fan!

For those who want to delve deeper, the »Play Big!« workshop is the place to be. On Friday, 22 September, we offer a free workshop for young musicians and music enthusiasts in preparation for the concert. The percussionist and soloist of the evening Lucas Niggli as well as composer Michael Wertmüller will introduce you to the secrets of the new composition »Shlimazl«. Learn first-hand from these jazz professionals, be inspired by their stories and experience live how they give some samples on the drums and impress with musical excerpts. Let's »Play Big!«

When: Friday 22 Sept. 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Where: Café of the Bochum Music School, Westring 32, 44777 Bochum, Germany

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Lucas Niggli
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Play Big!

Thu 21. + Fri 22. September 2023
Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, An der Jahrhunderthalle 1, 44793 Bochum
22 / 37 / 52 / 67 €, for pupils / students 12 €


Tip: Bring your friends to the Ruhrtriennale 2023. With the »Bring your friends« promotion, up to 3 tickets for €12 each are available in addition to each full-price ticket for the concert on 22 September. The promotion tickets can be booked directly in the webshop. Please select the full-price ticket first and then book the associated tickets at the reduced price.