At the “BDZ eurofestival zupfmusik 2018” in Bruchsal the SZO had a performance on May 13. They played “Fantasie Nr. 2” by Andreas Lorson, which was dedicated to the SZO, and “Impressioni d’Oriente” by Amadeo Amadei.
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.
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.
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.
On August 19, with about 200 guests, Vauban Health Centre at Saarlouis celebrated their 10th anniversary. Dr Carsten Schürfeld had invited the SZO to accompany by musical offerings the festivities on the roof terrace of the health centre.
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.
From February 10 –12 intensive rehearsals took place in the state music academy Ottweiler, to which Helmut Fackler, former conductor of the SZO, was invited, too.
All the best for 2017 from the SZO!