Leo Clambour´s 100th anniversary ceremony with the Saarland Plucked Strings Orchestra (SZO)

Last year Leo Clambour – an icon of plucked strings music – would have been 100 years. For long years he was president of the association of plucked strings and popular music of the Saarland (BZVS).

By his activity at Saarland Radio and by his commitment great people like Heinrich Konietzny, Siegfried Behrend, Takashi Ochi and Marcel Wengler were won over to the BZVS. Without Leo Clambour the BZVS could not have played today‘s important role.

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Bad Homburg 2018 – Guitar ensemble of the SZO at the days of choir and orchestra music

Once a year, always three weeks before Easter, BDC and BDO – the umbrella organizations of choirs and orchestras in Germany organize a summit meeting of amateur music. The cause for this event is the awarding of the Zelter- respectively Pro Musica-Medals by the Federal President. This year Bad Homburg was the place of the festival. From March 9-11 more than 1000 performers in 45 ensembles made the town ring.

The guitar ensemble of the SZO (conductor Reiner Stutz) was invited to perform on March 10 at this year‘s days of choir and orchestra music.

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SZO ON TOUR – Concert tour to Croatia

On 6th October 2017 the Saarland Plucked Strings Orchestra (SZO) departed on a 7-day concert tour to Croatia. As on their concert tours the SZO is always cultural ambassador of the Saarland, this touring was supported in a non-material way and financially by the minister president‘s office in Saarbrücken. We thank them sincerely for sponsoring.

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It´s done – Radio recordings 2017

On June 20th at the Saarland Radio the Saarland Plucked Strings Orchestra (SZO) recorded two more works of their present programme. They recorded the “Concert for saxophone and plucked strings orchestra” (soloist: Michael Bick), composed by Helmut Fackler especially for the SZO, and “The City Awakens” by Emiel Stöpler.