Events (Selection)

Jacobi Prize at the Accordion Competition

Medal by U. Ullrich-Jacobi

31 May to 3 June 2018, Bruchsal

The Deutsche Harmonika-Verband (DHV) is once again organising the competition »Akkordeon Musik Preis« (hitherto »Deutscher Akkordeon-Musikpreis«) in 2018. Amateur and professional players under 27 are invited to present their talents in the categories Accordion Solo, Duet, Chamber music and Ensemble in various combinations.

The third »DHV-Komponistenpreis Wolfgang Jacobi« has been announced as part of the competition. The solo performance of a composition by Wolfgang Jacobi (played by amateurs and professionals) given the highest grade at the final competition will be awarded a prize of 1,000 Euro and a Jacobi medal. The medal was specially designed by Ursula Ullrich-Jacobi, the composer’s daughter.

The prize is awarded by the DHV and the composer’s family in the hope that it will encourage young accordion players to study Jacobi’s works. The competition will begin in the provinces; the finals will take place in Bruchsal.

For further information see: www.dhv-ev.de

Jacobi’s »Divertimento« revived

Photo: Vincent Leifer

31 May 2016, Greifswald
1 June 2016, Stralsund
2 June 2016, Stralsund

The Philharmonische Orchester Vorpommern will provide a highlight of the concert season – Wolfgang Jacobi’s »Divertimento« for Orchestra (1959) is now in its repertoire and the orchestra’s general music director Golo Berg will perform the work again for the first time in many decades. A significant Jacobi orchestral composition is thus being revived.
The orchestra will perform the impressive »Divertimento« during its Philharmonic Concert season together with a Beethoven piano concerto and a Shostakovich symphony: on 31 May in the Greifswald Theatre and on 1 and 2 June in the Stralsund Theatre. Both concerts
begin at 19.30.

For further information see: www.theater-vorpommern.de

Viola sonata performance

18 March 2016, Munich

The Tonkünstlerverband München celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2016. To mark this occasion there will be a Night of Music in March presenting the activities of the Munich Musicians Association past and present. Wolfgang Jacobi was once chairman of the Association and will be commemorated during the festivities. Julia Rebekka Adler (viola) and Andreas Skouras (piano) can be heard performing Jacobi’s viola sonata at the concert.
The concert »70 Jahre Tonkünstler München e.V.« takes place at 17.00 in Schwere Reiter, Munich. The concert with the Jacobi work begins at 21.15.

For further information see: www.tonkuenstler-muenchen.de

Jacobi at the Festival »akkordeon akut!«

25 October 2015, Halle (Saale)

The sixth international music festival »akkordeon akut!« is taking place in October in Halle (Saale), Handel’s birthplace. The focus during this year’s »Global Music Festival« will be on France. Accordingly the Landes-Akkordeon-Ensemble Sachsen-Anhalt (LAESA) will present a programme which includes a work by Wolfgang Jacobi: the »Sinfonische Suite« based on melodies of the French composer André-E.-M. Grétry.
The LAESA concert, conducted by Lutz Stark, begins at 3 pm.
In the Freylinghausensaal of the Franckeschen Stiftungen in Halle.

For further information see: www.akkordeon-akut-festival.de

»Niederdeutsche Volkstänze« at two concerts

8 March 2015, Wendlingen
15 March 2015, Urbach

The Bezirksorchester Staufen of the Deutscher Harmonika-Verband will twice perform Jacobi’s early work for accordion orchestra, »Niederdeutsche Volkstänze« (1955). At the concerts entitled »Treasures from all over the world« works by Mozart, Brahms, Gershwin, Piazzolla and others will also be played.
The concert on Sunday 8 March in Treffpunkt Stadtmitte Wendlingen begins at 5.30 pm, that on Sunday 15 March in the Auerbachhalle Urbach at 6.30 pm.
The orchestra will be conducted by Heidrun Neugebauer.

For further information see: www.dhv-staufen.de

Wolfgang Jacobi’s 120 birthday

2 September 2014, Altenkirchen/Rügen
25 October 2014, Bergen/Rügen
4 November 2014, Berlin
7 November 2014, Schwerin
11 November 2014, Würzburg

This year in connection with the 120 birthday of Wolfgang Jacobi there will be a number of performances of his works and events celebrating the life and work of the composer who was born on 25 October 1894 in Bergen on Rügen (photo: the house in which Jacobi was born).

An important concert portrait of Jacobi will take place on 2 September at 8 pm in Altenkirchen on Rügen. As part of the series of events taking place under the title: »700 Years of Music and Poetry from Rügen and Pommerania« Frank Lunte (saxophone), Elvira Hasanagić (soprano) and Tatjana Blome (piano) will give a recital dedicated to works by Jacobi for various instruments. Among these compositions is the »Studien nach Lully« for alto saxophone and piano, a work which was only recently discovered in a New York archive.
The concert will be presented by Ekkehard Ochs. It will take place in the parish church of Altenkirchen with the support of the Kulturstiftung Rügen.
For further information see: www.kirche-altenkirchen-ruegen.de

On Jacobi’s birthday on 25 October the town of Bergen on Rügen will commemorate its distinguished son with a special event: In Bergen’s Museum im Klosterhof the music critic and Jacobi expert Ekkehard Ochs will give an illustrated lecture on Wolfgang Jacobi. A small exhibition will subsequently be opened presenting the life and work of the composer.
The talk begins at 4 pm. The exhibition will continue until the end of the year.

In Berlin at the beginning of November, Wolfgang Jacobi will also feature in the celebrations of the bicentenary of the birth of Adolphe Sax, the inventor of the saxophone at the »Kapellen-
gespräch« with Frank Lunte
in the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche on the topic »Banned Composers – Unwanted Music. The Classical Saxophone at its Zenith in Berlin of the 1930s«. The podium discussion takes place on 4 November, at 8 pm, with Rev. Martin Germer in the chair. Among the works to be given during the musical part of the evening is Jacobi’s Saxophone Sonata, performed by the Duo Blome/Lunte.
For further information see: www.sax200.de

As part of its concert programme »KON-Takte« there will be a concert at the Conservatoire of Schwerin on 7 November. The concert has been announced under the heading »Forbidden Duos«. Adrian Tully (saxophone) and Eri Mantani (piano) have drawn up a programme with works by composers who were persecuted during the Nazi period and whose compositions were forbidden – among these Wolfgang Jacobi.
The concert starts at 7 pm in the Konservatorium Schwerin.
For further information see: Flyer KON-Takte 2014.pdf

On 11 November at the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg there will be performances of works by Wolfgang Jacobi and Erwin Schulhoff. At the concert commemorating the pogrom of 9 November 1938, »Konzert zum 9. November«, students will perform Jacobi’s Song Cycle »Die Toten von Spoon River«, the Saxophone Sonata and the Scherzo from »Divertissement pour accordéon«. The recital will be introduced by Professor Christoph Henzel.
The concert starts at 6 pm in the Kammermusiksaal of the building opposite Residenz Würzburg.

Performances of Jacobi’s choral work »Laude«

6 April 2013, Rostock
7 April 2013, Greifswald
28 May 2013, Greifswald ›Greifswalder Bachwoche‹
28 June 2013, Kamień Pomorski, Poland

Jacobi’s choral compositions have been rarely performed to date. But now the Greifswald vocal ensemble »greifvocal«, conducted by KMD Prof. Jochen A. Modess, has discovered »Laude« (1951) and we are very pleased that they will perform this a cappella work several times. The Rostock concert takes place in the Marienkirche and begins at 17.00. The Greifswald performances begin at 20.00 in the Cathedral of St. Nikolai, and the concert on 28 May will be part of the 67th Greifswalder Bachwoche »Bach and Italy«. The »greifvocal« performance in Poland in Kamień Pomorski begins at 19.00.

For further information on the Bach Week: www.greifswalder-bachwoche.de

»Impromptu« at the Klingenthal Competition

12 May 2013

During the 50th International Accordion Competition Klingenthal, 5-12 May, there will be a special Jacobi performance: Jacobi’s »Impromptu« for Accordion and Chamber Orchestra is on the programme at the master class finale of the internationally renowned competition. The best accordionists in Soloist Category IV will perform the work with the Vogtland Philhar-
monie Greiz/Reichenbach
under the baton of its director Stefan Fraas.
Subsequently, in the final competition prizewinners’ concert, the person awarded first prize in Category IV by the international jury will again perform the »Impromptu«. – There will therefore be two opportunities to hear this Jacobi work in the rarely performed attractive version with symphony orchestra.

Final round in Soloist Category IV: 13.30, Aula am Amtsberg in Klingenthal (Saxony)
Prizewinners’ Concert: 17.00, ditto

Further information: www.accordion-competition.de

Lecture and concert at the Musikhochschule Rostock

18 April 2013

The Centre for Ostracised Music at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock is commemorating Wolfgang Jacobi under the heading »Once celebrated, then banned and today almost forgotten – Wolfgang Jacobi: a classical modern composer«. This will include a lecture by the writer and Jacobi specialist Ekkehard Ochs and contributions by students who will perform Jacobi chamber music.
At 17.00 in the Kammermusiksaal of the Musikhochschule.

Further information: www.hmt-rostock.de