Mönchengladbach The fans had to wait a whole year for the concerts. But now the country’s new Corona Protection Ordinance sets clear rules. The winter music can start in the work of art.
“Concerts are definitely possible again” is how WinterMusik promoter Günter vom Dorp describes his concept for visitors. “We check the vaccination status of our concert-goers before the artwork arrives.” The rules are simple: “You can only get through the check with a 2G-plus test. If you are fully vaccinated and have already received a booster vaccination, you do not need an additional test.
How does the concept affect visitor numbers? “We limit the occupancy rate at the concerts. At the ‘Night in White Satin’ in the large hall, we’ll reduce the number of seats to half of what is usual,” says vom Dorp. And at the concerts in the red crocodile on the gallery, the contingent would be limited to a maximum of 300 visitors, explains vom Dorp. “In addition, we always set up significantly more chairs than are needed at all concerts.”
We ask the organizers whether such concerts can still be financed at all. “I’m concerned with the cultural offerings in our city. We’re all pulling together here. The artwork, the artists and technology companies, they support me a lot during this time,” says Günter vom Dorp. From many conversations with visitors, he knows how much the shared experience of live music is missed.
With seven concerts, WinterMusik im Artwork once again offers a demanding and varied programme. After the prelude with Chris Schmitt and her song poets, Graceland will come to WinterMusik on Wednesday, January 26th. The evening with strings and band presents the Simon & Garfunkel songbook with all the world hits from their 50-year career.
On Thursday, January 27, Wilfried Schmickler, one of the country’s best-known cabaret artists, will take the stage at the Roter Krokodil. His new program is “It doesn’t stop”.
Joscho Stephan is not unknown in his hometown Mönchengladbach, but also worldwide. The exceptional guitarist rips the fans off their chairs in rows with modern gypsy swing. “Swinging Strings” was the name of one of his most successful CD albums and that is also the musical motto for his “home game” on Friday, January 28th.
Take the greatest songs by Peter Maffay and a singer like Wolfgang Terne – the result is a rousing concert under the motto “Songs for eternity”. MAFFAYpur guarantee a concert experience with all the hits on Saturday, January 29th.
The “Night in White Satin” has been uniting FUN & Friends with the city’s youth symphony orchestra for years. World hits and evergreens are presented in alternation with classical works and very young soloists. The cult night of WinterMusik is once again full of emotions on Saturday, February 5th and Sunday, February 6th.
All information about WinterMusik and tickets can be found online at www.voilakonzerte.de