Inviting, barrier-free and innovative - with "Gesund mit Musik" (Healthy with Music), the Kissinger Sommer 2022 has launched an unusual music education project which, on the one hand, enables virtual, digital concert attendance for those who, for a variety of reasons, cannot or can no longer come to the concert themselves in analogue form, and, on the other hand, also functions as an entry-level offer for new target groups who might not otherwise have gathered in front of a live stream of classical music. The great interest in "Healthy with Music" speaks for the need for cultural and musical offers for older, sick and vulnerable people and should be an incentive to focus more strongly in the future on all those who are often unable to participate in cultural and concert life for financial or health reasons and who often do not have individual access to livestreams and on-demand videos due to a lack of experience or technical equipment.
Multipliers, partners and supporting programmes
In order to reach these people, clinics, senior citizens' homes and health care institutions were invited to present the concert broadcasts from Bad Kissingen on site and to embed them in a thematically appropriate supporting programme for their respective patients, residents and guests. Institutions throughout Germany were won over for this purpose - from the Itzehoe Senior Citizens' Centre in the north to university hospitals in Münster, Essen, Göttingen and Freiburg, the St. Anna Care and Support Centre in Hesse and the Benedictus Hospital in Tutzing in the south. The range of supporting programmes, which complemented the digital concert experience on site in an analogue way, was as creative as it was varied: a Hamburg social psychiatric meeting centre invited its clients to share their own musical biographies, which will eventually lead to an exhibition. The Evangelical Hospital in Mülheim offered a pianistic on-site programme with works by Johannes Brahms, before his Second Piano Concerto was then heard from Bad Kissingen. The Hospital zum Heiligen Geist in Hamburg provided a cultural-culinary framework for the second evening with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with waltz performances and an Austrian buffet, had a classical radio presenter guide the audience through the evening and had an actress perform. Lebenshilfe in Kusel made their "Healthy with Music" event inclusive, inviting people with and without disabilities to make music together in the run-up to the broadcast and, inspired by this event, will give music practice a stronger place in their work in the future. The Heiligenfeld Clinics involved no less than four of their locations in Bavaria and Berlin and several concert broadcasts in the project and offered their guests an extensive supporting programme with culinary accompaniment, quizzes and puzzles, meditations, readings, lectures as well as dancing and singing together. And these are just a few examples. Finally, two scientific online lectures with experts on the topic of music and health were offered, also in cooperation with the Heiligenfeld Klinken.
Concert highlights from Bad Kissingen
The Kissinger Sommer broadcast a total of eight orchestral highlights from its festival programme for "Healthy with Music" between 24 June and 17 July. Two evenings each with the Bamberg Philharmonic (conducted by Rudolf Buchbinder and Krzysztof Urbański) and the Vienna Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Patrick Hahn), plus concerts with the WDR Symphony Orchestra conducted by Adam Fischer, the Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra conducted by István Várdai, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin conducted by Kent Nagano, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Petr Popelka and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen conducted by Ruth Reinhardt. During the concert breaks, film clips made it possible to virtually explore the magnificent spa facilities with their Mediterranean-like archways and palm-lined gardens, to capture the unique local colour of Bad Kissingen and to learn more about the project and the festival in interviews and statements.
The broadcasts from Bad Kissingen were also presented to interested music lovers on the project website www.gesund-mit-musik.de and on the Kissinger Sommer website www.kissingersommer.de as a livestream. Selected concerts can also be viewed afterwards as video-on-demand. More than 12,000 views testify to the great interest of the national and international audience.
The Kissinger Sommer is deeply grateful to the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Minister of State Claudia Roth, without whose generous support the "Healthy with Music" project would not have been possible. The festival also thanks the Free State of Bavaria for additional support.