Shangri-la: German orchestra swaps players with Las Vegas

Rub your eyes, gals and guys. Some lucky Germans will go to Vegas. Some serious Vegans will wind up in Cottbus.

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Through a generous gift by German philanthropist Dorothee Hennings-Holtmann, the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the Brandenburg State Theater Orchestra, Cottbus are pleased to announce the American German Cultural Exchange Fellowship (AGCEF). This new and unique fellowship partners the Las Vegas Philharmonic with the Cottbus State Theater Orchestra in Cottbus, Germany and will give both organizations the opportunity to exchange guest artists with their respective orchestras.

The first two recipients of the AGCEF are German violinist, Tobias Feldmann, and American violinist, Alexi Kenney. Feldmann will perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D Major with the Las Vegas Philharmonic on November 5, 2016 at The Smith Center and Kenney will perform Barber’s Violin Concerto November 18 – 20, 2016 with the Brandenburg State Theater Orchestra, Cottbus.

Mehr hier, as they say in Cottbus.



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  • Am I missing something here? How can orchestras “share” guest artists? I can understand how they can share orchestral players — a temporary “swap” so to speak — but guest artists are just that. Guests, who have no permanent association with the orchestra they are soloing with.

  • I don’t think you’re missing anything Larry but the article is missing something (such as greater details and clarity).
    This swap doesn’t seem to be about the respective orchestras’ players but about rising German soloists playing in Las Vegas and rising American soloists playing in Cottbus. It would be nice to know how they choose these musicians, who else (if anybody) they chose and if these fellows will go to Las Vegas/Cottbus for one concert only, several concerts over a season etc.
    Anyway, I thought we had already initiated the German American Cultural Exchange, when it was announced that a Boston orchestra would be sharing its Music Director with Leipzig

  • In any case, Tobias Feldmann is one of Germany’s finest young violinists! Such expressive story telling. I’m sure alexi is wonderful, too! Congrats to them both.

  • I fail to see a problem here. The two orchestras are in touch, they seem to have common goals. There is a private donor and given the donation, they can do whatever they want with it. Big orchestras have been doing exactly that for years and years.

  • I don’t think one calls residents of Las Vegas “Vegans” any more than residents of New York are called “Yorkers.” Especially since “vegan” has a much more common meaning. Just saying…

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