While it still feels very much like winter outside, the 2015 ESME Spring/Summer season is well underway. Eric Weddle is back with the Singers, conducting a range of pieces in different languages (Russian, French and Spanish, for starters) and genres (classical, pop, jazz and gospel). Quite a few new singers have shown up, but we still have space (especially for tenors and basses!) The Spring Concert, “Rhythms of Spring”, featuring the Singers and some vocal and instrumental ensembles, is on Saturday 25 April at 7 pm.

Andreas Partilla is conducting the Orchestra, with another eclectic mix of music ranging from “The Lion King” to “Danzas Cubanas“. The Singers and the Orchestra will perform together in the summer concert in Welsh composer Karl Jenkins’ “The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace”. The Summer Concert is on Saturday 13 June in the Carl-Orff-Saal, Gasteig.

Big Band rehearsals are also well underway. This season’s repertoire ranges from swing (It Don’t Mean a Thing) and samba (Brazil) to rock (It’s a Beautiful Day) and vocal jazz (On the Sunny Side of the Street). The Big Band will be performing in the Summer Concert and just four weeks later, on 11 July, will once again be playing at the 2015 Lions Sommerball, in the Münchner Künstlerhaus.

The Singers will also be busy after the Summer Concert with an appearance with AMA’s (American Music Abroad) Oneida Area Civic Chorale from New York. This joint concert, on 11 July, takes place in Ebersberg.

As well as rehearsals and performances, there are a number of other opportunities to see ESME members in action this season:

We will be taking part in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Munich on Sunday 15 March.
Look out for us – we are group Number 36 – and will be carrying the ESME banner. The Parade leaves Münchner Freiheit at 12 noon and makes its way to Odeonsplatz for the After Parade Party.

Also in March, on Sunday 22 from 10:00 to 17:00, ESME will be represented in the ‘Expat in the City Fair’ at the Alte Kongresshalle. ESME members will be on hand to answer questions and perform some short pieces.