At long-awaited, the Bonn Opera House will once again be welcoming audiences on August 28 – and then immediately with a red-carpet event graced by so many celebrities: star violinist David Garrett will lead the lineup of international guests at the European Cultural Awards ceremony. He will be joined by top model Barbara Meier, figure skating heroine Katarina Witt, climate activist Nico Rosberg, star trumpeter Till Brönner, the Scorpions, singer Heinz Rudolf Kunze and Tobias Moretti.
Under the patronage of North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Armin Laschet, the gala will be dedicated to Ludwig van Beethoven, whose anniversary BTHVN2020 will be celebrated on the occasion of his 250th birthday until September 2021. For this purpose, numerous top-class artists will come together on the grand opera stage, led by the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn, which has just been named a UN Climate Ambassador, under the direction of its General Music Director Dirk Kaftan. Presenter and soprano Annette Dasch and cultural journalist Axel Brüggemann will guide through the evening. Songwriter Katie Melua, the Scorpions and Till Brönner will each perform together with the orchestra with their own newly arranged pieces. “For us it is a great honor to be nominated for the European Culture Award and to perform live in front of our audience again after such a long time. The developments of the past years have clearly shown us that we all have to take care of our earth together. The European Cultural Award is a wonderful signal to us artists not only to live the European idea, but also to network worldwide in order to actively shape the great challenges of the future. As a UN ambassador, the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn feels particularly motivated and committed to this,” says Dirk Kaftan.