The goal of the music education format 'passwort:kammermusik' is to provide an experience of music first-hand, to perceive each individual musician and his instrument on the stage, and get very close to the music.
Twelve members of the Vienna Philharmonic played the Wind Serenade, op. 44, by Antonín Dvořák, in the MuTh Concert Hall for 800 schoolchildren in two concerts on February 25, 2019. Those in attendance included an integration class and children from the Federal Institute for the Deaf. Principal Clarinetist Matthias Schorn und the orchestra's music educator, Hanne Muthspiel-Payer, moderated the concerts.
The program was organized around the theme of hearing, seeing and participating. The adaptation of one of the Moravian songs as well as a Slavonic dance provided motivation for collective singing and dancing, whereas screen projections helped keep the attention focused specifically on the music at hand..
The bridge between the professional musicians on stage and the children in the audience was formed by three young bassoon students between the ages of 8 and 14, who performed two musical interludes.
At the end, the Philharmonic musicians recounted in an entertaining manner their own first experiences with their musical instruments. After all, they had also been children once!