The Dresden Soul Symphony

The Dresden Soul Symphony is a German concert show. The musicians reinterpret soul hits and combine them with classical music. The musical ensemble contains the singers Joy Denalane, Bilal, Tweet and Dwele; the radio orchestra of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk; four backing vocalists; the MDR children's choir and four instrumentalists, who do not belong to the orchestra. The performance venue of the show is Dresden, Germany. The premiere was on April 26, 2008.

The Dresden Soul Symphony
Years active2008–present
Joy Denalane
MDR Symphony Orchestra

Project historyEdit

The idea of The Dresden Soul Symphony came from Reinhard Bärenz, the musical director of the German radio station MDR Sputnik. Bärenz had some experience with classical music - he played the violin professionally in a symphony orchestra in the 1980s. Bärenz decided to found a crossover project to combine classical music with another music genre. He sought for the support of Johann Michael Möller, the radio director of the MDR who was enthusiastic about Bärenz's idea. So he contracted the MDR Symphony Orchestra and Bärenz started contacting various musicians. The first to join the project was soul singer Joy Denalane. Bärenz believed that soul and classic would work well together. For that reason the American soul musicians Bilal, Tweet and Dwele joined the ensemble. Bärenz was able to engage Larry Gold (former cellist of MFSB) and Daniel Felsenfeld (composer of classical music and Gold's son-in-law) as arrangers.

The show took place on April 26 and 27, 2008 at 08:00 pm (CET) in the concert hall Alter Schlachthof in Dresden, Germany. It was broadcast by radio stations MDR Sputnik and MDR Figaro live on April 27 from 9 pm (CET). Both a CD and DVD were released in October 2008.



Movement I: Sonata-AllegroEdit

Movement II: AdagioEdit

Movement III: ScherzoEdit

Movement IV: FinaleEdit


plusz-magazin, issue date: April 24, 2008; page 2 / 3

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