The Engelberg Music Society’s concert takes you around the world

The Engelberg Music Society's concert takes you around the world


A musical journey around the world

Musikgesellschaft Engelberg took the audience on an amazing journey around the world with catchy tunes and anonymous tones.

Guido Weber, tour guide and conductor, and his 30-member team took tour participants from almost the entire theater hall of Engelberg Abbey School around the world to the annual concert in 80 minutes. Travelers can sit back and enjoy and collect musical impressions from around the world.

Engelberg Music Society on a journey around the world.

Build: Andrea Hershler

With the concert march of Jens Ulrich, director of the Engelburg School of Music, the music community said goodbye to their hometown. This piece, which includes the traditional “Engelberger Lyde”, was presented to Hon’ble President Hansrudy Hess. He was able to enjoy a successful premiere in the audience. As it was difficult to say goodbye to home, the first stop of the world tour took place on central Swiss soil. Casey Geyser’s “Evening on Lake Lucerne”, edited by Engelberg composer Johann Areger, took the audience by surprise.

Touching Disney tones

The caravan moved from ship to train. “Bon Frey”, the quick polka dot, quickly led to Vienna. From there it went to Prague, where Slavic tones brought a love of nature and Joy de Vivre. No other country shows as much love for the motherland in music as Ireland. The Music Society showed the Emerald Isle to the audience with “Two Celtic Folk Songs”. The trumpet and percussion gave dynamism, while the flute tones brought a lot of emotion to the two-part part.

Following this he lived longer in London. The English folk song suite demonstrates the diversity of the English capital in three parts – sometimes quiet and sometimes very busy. After the break, the music company was able to score using two well-known melodies from Disney movies. With Phil Collins’ ballad “You Will Be In My Heart” from the movie “Tarzan”, viewers felt like they had a foot in the woods, remembering the heartbreaking scene between a crying Tarzan boy and his pet gorilla. Along with “The Lion King” it continued to be brutal, with the title “Lion King” leading the melody to Africa.

The unknown gave way to China

At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, the song “Jasmine” was played with the usual Chinese vocal accompaniment at medal ceremonies. Accordingly, the music was dedicated to the 2022 local gold medalist from Beijing: Michelle Giz and all the other Olympic participants from the village. Since no world tour (preparation) goes without hard work, it is important to remember how tough the path of the music community has been: “We had to rehearse for a long time with compulsory certification, which made the preparations even more difficult.” “Guido Weber needed a lot of patience and nerves with us.” But by the time they made their way to the Brazilian carnival, the musicians had forgotten about these difficulties and the well-entertained audience wanted to start dancing.

It was the same with the exciting “Copacabana”. After the gripping piece, Francesca Bury (trumpet) and Frank Dorig (standard bearer) were honored for their 25 years of membership. Buri was also made an honorary member. The concert was a farewell trip for Hans Birch (bass clarinet) – he was thanked and sent off. Abba’s catchy tune “The Winner Takes It All” brought the troupe to Sweden with enthusiasm, and ended the night before – or even a stunning trip – with Barcelona’s famous song “The Spanish Night Is Over”. Since all journeys had an end, there was a return to Engelberg as an encore. Emil Wallyman’s March of “Greetings from Engelberg” proved that, despite all the diversity and beauty of travel, it is still the most beautiful in the house.

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