Dear friends, dear friends of the song, honored audience,

a tour with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle, concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra under Franz Welser-Möst, the Symphony Orchestra of the Bavarian Broadcasting and the London Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Haitink, Britten’s “War Requiem” at the London Proms with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons and a small world tour with Mozart’s “Magic Flute” as “Papageno” with the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer as musical director as well as many songs are going to be the highlights of my season 2014/15, following the opening concert of the Salzburg Festival 2014 under Bernard Haitink.

Being able to combine this international concert activity at the side of so inspiring musicians with my involvement in young people makes me feel deeply grateful!
Beside of my own three children I currently have 11 students and the pleasure to be able to act as a “speaker” of a very engaged “song practice group” at the Hochschule for Music in Karlsruhe (www.hfm.eu). It’s really meaningful for me and my highly motivated colleagues to campaign for optimal surrounding conditions of singing education.
As professor in the 6th semester it is giving me hope to be able to accompany my students on their way to the podia (apart from uncountable concerts only three of them can be heard at the Kammeroper Castle Rheinsberg (The Magic Flute) in summer 2014).

It gives reason for hope that the Stuttgart Land Government is going to re-integrate the fundamental subject Music to the curriculum of primary schools.
The fusion of our excellent SWR orchestra as well as the cutting by the Regional Accounting Office for the conservatories thwart this decision sadly, though.
It remains a great task to convince the decision boards of any color of the reasonableness of musical education and thus of the humanization of society! Franz Schubert, for example, was a freelance artist and certainly did not get wealthy. But he enriches people till this day. Fortunately his sovereign allowed to train him according to his talent!

It’s about more than our „German cultural nation“ – it’s about the cultural heritage of Europe, about the reflection of human being, about what separates us from the monkey. An indicator for that shall also be the tour of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle to celebrate the 25th jubilee of the Berlin Fall of the Wall. Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 will be staged in Berlin, Leipzig, Budapest and Prague. Karol Szymanowski‘s “Saber mater” will be added in Warsaw.
Regrettably, these extremely humane works unfortunately make more sense in 2014 than ever, to warn against cold and hot wars and remember the absurdity of innumerable victims of these humane meanders on all sides.
I appreciate the honor to be able to take part as a Baden European of German nation and musical world citizen, in short: as a “human being”.
A lot of fun with the music, the details and a lot of luck in the life!

Yours, Hanno Müller-Brachmann