It all began in September 2005, thanks to pianist LARS VOGT's
idea and original initiative. Vogt realized that "music-making
in the home is becoming a true rarity. We can't expect a child's
first emotional contact with music to take place within the
family nowadays. We thus need to offer such opportunities in
the schools. In an ideal world, schools would provide children
with broad access to music, and every pupil would learn to play
Together with his fellow musicians Lars Vogt would like to visit
schools in and outside of Germany in order to familiarise his
young audience with the world of classical music, showing what
this could mean in their lives, breaking down barriers.
Following Lars Vogt's inaugural session with schoolchildren
on 14 September 2005 in the
Anna Freud School in Cologne, a further series of outstanding
artists have joined the ranks of "Rhapsody in School":
Antje Weithaas (violin), Tanja Tetzlaff (cello) Christian
Tetzlaff (violin), Alban Gerhardt (cello), Daniel Müller-Schott
(cello), Sharon Kam (clarinet), Emanuel Pahud (flute), Claudio
Bohorquez (cello) and Julia Fischer (violin) - to name only
a few! Schoolchildren in Berlin, Remscheid, Fellbach, Burgdorf,
Hamburg, etc. were enthralled.
Many pupils spontaneously decided to attend "their star's"
evening performance in order to see and hear him/her live
on stage -- some of them even brought their parents along!
A number of them were attending a classical music concert
for the first time in their lives.
In the future, as well, we can expect further school visits
of renowned musicians such as Marie-Luise Neunecker, Tabea
Zimmermann, Sabine Meyer, Julia Fischer and Daniel Müller-Schott.
The musicians all participate on an honorary basis. The project
envisions a series of long-term goals, one of which is for
individual artists to "adopt" a specific town, for
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We are grateful for initial financial support generously
provided by the "Musiker
Hautnah" Association , donations of the schools and
in 2011 by GVL (the German Society for Performance Rights).
Furthermore, we are glad to be members of the "Kulturstiftung
der Länder" network, see www.kinderzumolymp.de.
I heartily thank everyone involved in building and maintaining
this website: Wiebke Stenner who has designed and donated
the logo. Special thanks is certainly also due to all Rhapsody
In School participating musicians, along with the journalists,
photographers, teachers and schoolchildren who have granted
permission for us to publish their photos, articles and transcripts
We hope you enjoy our site, and we'd be grateful for any comments