Moscow City Symphony - Russian Philharmonic & The Concert Band of the German Armed Forces
Unique joint concert of Moscow City Symphony «Russian Philharmonic» and The Concert Band of the German Armed Forces. As classical compositions (P. Tchaikovsky. 1812 Overture), as fragments from musical My Fair Lady, blockbuster Pirates of the Caribbean, and famous marches will be played at the concert.
The Concert Band of the German Armed Forces was established in Rheinbach on 16 February 1957 and is well-known for its high professional level in Germany and abroad. During its stay in the USA the band gave concerts staging its program “500 years of German military music” in front of large audiences in El Paso (Texas), Fort Riley, Fort Leavenworth and Wichita Falls (Kansas). In addition, it participated in the grand anniversary parades in Washington, Philadelphia and New York. Another special highlight was the concert tour of the Military Band to Japan in 1988 on the occasion of the International Military Music Festival in Tokyo and Osaka.
The band participated in the MidEurope 2002 in Austria, the International Conference of the World Association for Sinfonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE) in Sweden in 2003, the World Band Festival in Lucerne (Switzerland) in 2004 and an important concert in Kiev, Ukraine while the German Culture Weeks, in the International Music Festival “Spasskaya Tower” in Moscow. The Concert Band of the German Armed Forces has experienced 50 years of successful activities in the field of military music. Used to accomplish the most various musical tasks of all kinds, ranging from the glamorous official reception, honoring of Federal Presidents and Chancellors as well as giving a lot of concerts at grand and chamber halls.Lieutenant Colonel Walter Ratzek has been conductor and commander of the Concert Band of the German Armed Forces since 2001. He studied at the Robert-Schumann-Musikhochschule in Dusseldorf. Walter Ratzek is well known in a number of countries as a conductor as well as a pianist. He is also president of the German Section of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles.