The art of bringing joy to others with music | Free press

For most of them it is a reunion that they look forward to with anticipation. Of the total of 17 girls and boys who have been spending their first vacation days together at the “Art on Stage” workshop with a tight exercise program since Wednesday, most of them already know each other from previous years.

For most of them it is a reunion that they look forward to with anticipation. Of the total of 17 girls and boys who have been spending their first vacation days together at the “Art on Stage” workshop with a tight exercise program since Wednesday, most of them already know each other from previous years.

“Art on Stage” means “art on stage”. And, strictly speaking, the initiators of the workshop are concerned with using their skills to lead the young musicians and singers to a certain degree of stage maturity. To give them the experience of bringing joy to other people with their skills with the big final concert on Sunday evening in the Ratskeller.

The initiators, that is Jan Altmann and Susanne Maaß, both professional musicians and music educators in personal union, who on behalf of the Verein der Kunstfreunde Schwarzenberg dedicate themselves to the musical talents, work with them, challenge and promote them. Jan Altmann, a native of Schwarzenberg, is a trained choir director and Kapellmeister, conductor, pianist and singer. Many of the pieces he selected for the workshop students were arranged by him. His wife Susanne Maaß not only takes the flute and flute players under her wing. “I try to work on their stage presence with everyone,” she says. She does this by using pictorial language.

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There is great interest in the workshop. “There were almost twice as many applications as we have places,” says Lilly Vicedom, chairman of the Schwarzenberg Friends of Art.

The titles and pieces were delivered to the girls and boys weeks ago. They have already been able to learn and rehearse texts. Now it’s time to fine-tune it together. The rehearsal store is the Schwarzenberg City School. Friendships have long been established among the young musicians and singers. Maja Schütze from Dresden, who is there for the second time and who surprises with her mandolin playing, has found a friend in singer Anna-Lena Lauckner from Beierfeld. She also stays with her. For the afternoon coffee break, the girls baked parrot cakes for everyone. Maja Schütze has just passed her high school diploma, got her driver’s license and took first place with full points in the national competition “Jugend musiziert”.

The nine-year-old Friedericke Radzimanowski is there for the first time when tears roll down with excitement. But Jan Altmann gave the little singer, who will be performing a French song for the concert, very empathetically at the first rehearsal the necessary self-esteem that makes her shine.

Konstantin Ullmann from Bernsbach, whose brother Maximilian has been there several times, is also the first time at “Art on Stage”. Now he too wants to show what he can do on his guitar after four years of music school lessons. Freya (19) and Esther Breuer (9) from Johanngeorgenstadt are also newcomers to the workshop. But by the concert on Sunday at the latest, these two flautists are sure to be part of the large Art-on-Stage family.

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