Sunday, 09_07_2017 7 p.m. | Alter Rathaussaal | Special Chamber Music Concert

"Rainbow Concert"

Kick-off event as part of the Christopher Street Day (CSD München) in cooperation with LGBT foundation Münchner Regenbogen-Stiftung in the Grand Hall of the Old Town Hall under the patronage of mayor Dieter Reiter. On stage will be a string quartet consisting of four members of the Munich Philharmonic and the Rainbow Sound Orchestra Munich (RSO-M).

Jean Sibelius

Jean Sibelius is regarded as the Finnish national composer, a reputation he largely acquired through his symphonic poem Finlandia. During the period of Russian domination, this work advanced to become a kind of unofficial Finnish national anthem and...  more

"Andante festivo" for Strings and Timpani ad lib.

Katrin Schweiger

"Schwebend" for Strings

Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten was born in Lowestoft in 1913. His mother, a keen amateur singer, was thrilled that her youngest was born on 22 November: the feast day of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music. She hoped he would – after Bach, Beethoven and Brahms –...  more

"Frolicsome Finale" (4th Movement) from "Simple Symphony", Opus 4

Hans Werner Henze

The composer Hans Werner Henze, born in 1926 in Gütersloh, regards music, as he explained in a 1990 interview, primarily as a communicator of "atmospheres, moods and realistic (often interpersonal) processes". Henze studied, starting in 1942, at the...  more

"Adagio - Tempo eines Trauermarsches" (1st Movement) from "Der junge Törless" (Fantasia for String Sextett)

Steve Reich

Steve Reich was recently called "our greatest living composer" (The New York Times), "America’s greatest living composer." (The Village VOICE), “...the most original musical thinker of our time” (The New Yorker) and “...among the great composers of...  more

"Duet for two violins and strings"

Alexander Zuckowski/ Conchita Wurst

"Rise like a Phoenix" orchestrated for Strings by Alexander Strauch

Joseph Haydn

"Since Haydn, a symphony is no longer a mere source of fun, but rather a matter of life or death," said Johannes Brahms paying homage to the musical accomplishments of Franz Joseph Haydn, who created trail-blazing works in almost every genre. ...  more

String quartet G minor, Op. 74 No. 3 Hob. III:74 "The Horseman"


Ralph Vaughan Williams

String Quartet No. 1 G minor


Rainbow Sound Orchestra Munich

Das Rainbow Sound Orchestra Munich (RSO-M) wurde 2015 auf Initiative der LGBT-Chöre Münchens anlässlich des Various Voices Festival gegründet, das vom 9. bis 13. Mai 2018 im Münchner Gasteig Kulturzentrum und im öffentlichen Raum stattfinden wird....  more

Mary Ellen Kitchens , conductor

Alexander Strauch , conductor

Julian Shevlin , violin

Born in 1967 in England, Julian Shevlin took his first violin lessons at the age of seven. At eleven, he made his first appearance at the "Proms" in London's Royal Albert Hall. In 1980 he débuted as soloist in the Bruch concerto in Manchester. In...  more

Simon Fordham , violin

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Simon Fordham studied violin at the renowned Victorian College of Arts in his home town as well as at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. Beginning his career as orchestra musician at the Deutsche...  more

Valentin Eichler , viola

Valentin Eichler studied with Tabea Zimmermann in Frankfurt and Berlin, as well as with Veronika Hagen at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg. As participant of the Kronberg Chamber Music Academy 2000, he performed with Boris Pergamenschikow and...  more

David Hausdorf , cello

The Berlin-born musician took his first cello lessons at the age of five; after early competition successes he was accepted as a preparatory student in the class of Josef Schwab at the "Hanns Eisler" Academy of Music in Berlin and later graduated...  more