The violinist Linus Roth is playing tonight in Brussels. Unluckily, the concert coincides with a visit by Barack Obama. Linus writes:
The presence of a politician like President Obama can affect us artists.
In Brussels, where I am stepping in as a soloist with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Ivor Bolton in the Palais des Beaux Arts, the President has decided to hold his speech today in exactly this concert hall. Not only will our concert start 30 -45 minutes late, but our rehearsal time in the hall has been cut down to a few minutes.
It means that Nelson Goerner, pianist in the Mendelssohn Double concerto, has almost no time to get used to the piano, and the rest of us no time to adjust to the acoustics.
That not all: the city is in lock-down, so it took us 1.5 hours this morning to get to a different rehearsal venue by public transport, as no cars are allowed in the city. In the afternoon it got worse: even the entrance to the metro was closed – so we walked, again and again having to make detours, as all roads being blocked by security.
A big thank you to the team of Klara Festival, who are making the very best out of the situation and leading us through the choas. It is extremely frustrating to experience in such a direct way how a politician affects our work. It’s a shame, but only once Mr. President has left town will Mendelssohn’s music receive the attention again it deserves, winning the hearts of our audience. Mr Obama hs not won mine.