GERMAN string ensemble Ensemble Resonanz performed audiovisual renditions of classical and contemporary music at the Miguel de Benavides Auditorium last Feb. 9.
In partnership with Goethe-Institut Philippines, the concert, titled “Classical x Electro: A unique cross genre experience,” was part of the nine-member ensemble’s tour in Southeast Asia.
The concert opened with a disc jockey’s lights-and-sounds presentation. Intervening lights, shapes and colors moved to a set that featured a mix of classical, pop, independent and electronic music.
Ensemble Resonanz’s first set was an all-string and electro sound performance of German composer Felix Mendelssohn’s classic “Spring Song.”
It was followed by a solo cello performance of American composer Michael Gordon’s “Industry” by ensemble member Saerom Park, accompanied by a film that depicted the growth of a futuristic metropolis.
The group also played their versions of “Rubot” German electro group Kraftwerk and Austrian Baroque programmatic battle piece “Battalia” by Heinrich Biber.
A stroboscopic light musical performance of “Scanners” by German solo musician and composer Alexander Schubert concluded the concert.
Goethe-Institut Philippines is a German nonprofit that promotes the study of the German language and worldwide cultural exchange.
Ensemble Resonanz is one of world’s leading chamber orchestras, founded in 1994 by members of the Young German Philharmonic in Hamburg, Germany.