The pupils' and teachers' anticipation was tangible. Everyone felt it: To enter an auditorium and experience live music in these times of Covid-19 containment measures is a special experience.
With Denis Matsuev at the piano, Sergei Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 – a highly demanding piece to play – delighted the audience, even if the event took considerably longer than the scheduled one hour due to conductor Valery Gergiev's detailed rehearsal work.
To allow classes to prepare for the event, we made the teaching materials on Prokofiev and his work available to the classes, for the first time using an Online-Tool omplete with videos and interactive exercises. Packaged as a quiz game, Oliver Madas presents the percussion instruments, which are particularly prominent in "Romeo and Juliet"..
Having already received positive feedback and praise, our programme is proving its worth also in distance learning format.
- Thank you for this morning! This excursion has enriched me musically and brought me one step closer to classical music. After listening to this piece, I got a deeper insight into classical music and it showed me that an orchestral work can be just as exciting as an action film in the cinema.