When you go on a blind date, you don’t know who you’re going to meet or whether you’ll get on with the other person; that’s what makes it so exciting. The »Blind Date« concert series at the Elbphilharmonie works in just the same way: concertgoers only find out at the beginning of the evening what artist or ensemble they’re about to hear.
Next to no one was expecting an appearance from experimental harpist Remy van Kesteren on 5 February, that’s for sure. We captured some people’s expectations and impressions with the camera.
WHAT INSTRUMENT WOULD YOU PARTICULARLY LIKE TO HEAR TONIGHT?
Remy van Kesteren had the audience on his side from the outset of the concert: »We are having a blind date together this evening; I don’t know about you, but I have a good feeling!« The harp player went on to delight the audience for more than an hour with very unusual music, consisting of amplified harp sounds, loops and spherical electronica.
With his experimental programme, the tailor-made visuals and his easy-going presentation with a charming Dutch accent, he captivated most of the audience, who rewarded him with standing ovations at the end of the evening. To the few people who left the hall before the concert was over, the harpist said: »I’m sorry, this wasn’t your blind date today...« Then he turned to the rest of the audience and declared with a broad smile: »But it’s mine and it’s yours!«
AND HOW WAS THE BLIND DATE FOR YOU?
Blind Dates in der Saison 2018/19
Text: Julia Mahns / Photos: Claudia Höhne