3rd July | Danubia Symphonic Winds, Around the World in Eighty Days
Kalamata Dance Megaron - Main Stage | 20:30 o'clock | Free Entrance
Concert for children with presentation of the wind instruments
The 1st concert of the Austrian Symphonic Wind Orchestra Danubia. In co-production with the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata, in context of the Greco-Austrian Music Summer and under the aegis of the Austrian Embassy.
Conductor – Andreas Simbeni
Music – Otto M. Schwarz
Text – Elisabeth Simbeni
Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” (DSW)
The Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” (DSW) is the result of the cooperation between the Music Schools of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich):
Klosterneuburg (Direction: Ariadne Basili)
Wagram district (Direction: Markus Holzer)
Sieghartskirchen (Direction: Andreas Simbeni)
Traismauer (Direction: Andreas Rauscher)
Tulln (Direction: Karl Hemmelmayer)
Aim of this cooperation between those five music schools is to give the opportunity to young and dedicated musicians to be confronted – as members of a big orchestra (57 musicians between 15 and 24 years old) – with very distinct symphonic works for wind instruments and to present those with the highest possible level during concerts in their region, but also abroad.
Until now, the orchestra has appeared on stage in 2016, 2017 and 2018 in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) and Upper Austria (Oberösterreich) and it also appeared last year in Greece (Messini).
Andreas Simbeni studied horn, musical instrument pedagogics, wind orchestra conducting, orchestration and composition at Graz, Vienna, Linz and Bolzano. Since 2004, he teaches conducting of ensembles and of wind orchestras (ΕΒΟ) at the Landesmusikschulwerk of Upper Austria and he is also the director of the Music School of the Sieghartskirchen Districkt. With the Youth Orchestra and the Symphonic Wind Orchestra of Sieghartskirchen he won high prizes at Austrian youth orchestra competitions. From 2011 until 2015 he concluded his studies at the Conservatory of Bolzano with Thomas Doss. Since 2012 he is the conductor of the Vienna Philharmonic Wind Orchestra.
Cultural exchanges with Greece
The Symphonic Wind Orchestra “Danubia Symphonic Winds” exists for three years and made since then its presence felt at the cultural regions of Austria, but also in Greece. Last year, it started a common exchange program between of two regions of Austria and Kalamata.
The first tour of the orchestra in Greece was carried out during the start of the Austrian Presidency at the Council of the EU in July 2018. The Youth Choir of the Municipal Conservatory of Kalamata and the wind orchestra appeared then together on sage at Klosterneuburg, Austria, in the context of a New Year’s Eve concert.
The project is co-financed by the Federal State of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich).