In May of 2005, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin made their US debut tour to critical acclaim and to sold‐out houses at many major venues. They returned to the US in 2008, 2011, 2014, all in conjunction with new Harmonia Mundi CD releases. Past tours included repeat visits to Carnegie Hall, Berkeley, Boston, Ann Arbor, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington DC and introduced the group to audiences stretching from Vancouver to Virginia.
The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (Akamus) began as a courageous display of musical sovereignty against the East German socialist regime, and now, over thirty years later, they enjoy recognition as one of Europe’s greatest musical success stories. The ensemble has received numerous awards for its recordings including the Cannes Festival Award, the French Diapason d’or, the Dutch Edison Award, the British Gramophone Award, The Telemann Prize, as well as a Grammy Award nomination. The ensemble records exclusively for Harmonia Mundi, and, in addition to their annual sold‐out series at the Berlin Konzerthaus, they appear at London’s Wigmore Hall, the Palais de Beaux Arts in Brussels, the Theatre des Champs‐Elysees in Paris, the Zürich Tonhalle, the Vienna Musikverein and other major European venues. In May 2014, Akamus became the first ever ensemble to be awarded the prestigious Bach Medal by the city of Leipzig.
Akamus can be counted on to bring together beloved works and wonderful discoveries, concertos as well as ensemble works, in a way that entrances audiences and critics alike. For their return to North America, the program choices found below are no exception:
Heroes of the Baroque – Don Quixote, Hercules and Madness
Works of Biber, Keiser, Telemann, Kaiser, Handel, Vivaldi, Geminiani combine to form a musical portrait of battles and burlesque adventures, of beauty and madness, full of virtuoso and mind blowing music.
Of Frogs and Men ‐ Nature of the Baroque
The era of the Baroque was a time of growing interest in science and nature. In this delightful program works of Farina, Zelenka, Telemann, Marcello, Vivaldi, and Geminiani evoke passion, comedy as well as the wonders of nature and the human spirit.
Foreign Affairs – Characters of the Baroque
Telemann’s Overture‐Suite "Les Nations" sets the tone for a journey across Europe and the Mediterranean. Coupled with works of Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Rebel, this program explores the richness of the familiar and foreign through music.