Carnival of Happiness by Roger Willemsen with Katja Riemann, recitation and conception, Franziska Hölscher, violin and Marianna Shirinyan, piano
"Carnival of happiness"
"The Carnival of the Animals" - Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)
Texts by Roger Willemsen
Camille Saint-Saëns' incomparable composition has seduced Willemsen into a lyrical story bursting with humor and fantasy. All references to religion, eroticism, human rights or mentality can be found in the humanized animal creatures.
"Tired Happiness" by Roger Willemsen (1955-2016)
Roger Willemsen tells a tragicomic story of Job in the finest manner:
Mr. Hopp is a man well-disposed towards all the world. He has a small circus on the outskirts of town with animals, artists, clowns and a funny parrot. Every morning he takes his dromedary for a walk, and every morning he meets Mr. Gottlieb. He is a curmudgeon whose favorite pastime is to spoil the good mood of others: his wife Margarete, his daughter Viola and also the kind-hearted Mr. Hopp.....
Katja Riemann, born and raised near Bremen, is one of Germany's best-known actresses. She has appeared in films such as "Bandits" (1997), "Rosenstrasse" (2003), "Ein fliehendes Pferd" (2007) and "Fack ju Göthe" 1 to 3 (2013-2017), for which she has received numerous awards, including the Coppa Volpi, the German Film Award, the Bambi and the Adolf Grimme Award. She received the Golden Record for the soundtrack to the film "Bandits", which she wrote together with Jasmin Tabatabai and Nicolette Krebitz. She has been a UNICEF patron since 2000, supports Plan International and Amnesty International, among others, and campaigns for an open society. She was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit in 2010 and the Bad Iburg Courage Award in 2016 for her commitment to human rights. In February 2020, her book "Jeder hat. Nobody is allowed. Projektreisen" will be published by S.Fischer Verlag.
Violinist Franziska Hölscher is one of the most versatile musicians of the younger generation.
She has performed as a soloist, chamber musician and festival director at the Berlin Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and many more. She has given concerts at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Bachwoche Ansbach, the Schwetzingen SWR Festival, the Rheingau Music Festival and the Heidelberger Frühling.
From the beginning of her career, playing together with colleagues has had a firm place in her repertoire. Since her debut with Martha Argerich, her partners have included Martin Helmchen, Nils Mönkemeyer, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alexey Stadler and many more. She has an artistic friendship with the author Roger Willemsen. She developed the stage program "Landscapes" with him, which she recorded together with the actress Maria Schrader and the pianist Marianna Shirinyan. Born in Heidelberg and trained by Ulf Hoelscher, Thomas Brandis, Nora Chastain and Reinhard Goebel, she won prizes at major international competitions at a young age, including first prize at the Prague International Radio Competition. As an ambassador for the "Rhapsody in School" project initiated by Lars Vogt, she is committed to teaching classical music in schools.
The Armenian pianist Marianna Shirinyan is one of the most creative and sought-after soloists and chamber musicians in the world. When she won five prizes at the ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2006, she embarked on a stellar career. Marianna Shirinyan is a welcome guest at many international festivals such as the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, the Schwetzingen Festival, MDR Musiksommer, Mosel Music Festival as well as Bergen Festspillene, Stavanger, Sandefjørd, Lofoten Music Festival in Norway or Reykjavik Midsummer Festival in Iceland or Oxford Chamber Music Festival in England. At the same time, she has gained a reputation as one of the leading pianists of her generation through solo appearances with the renowned Scandinavian orchestras, including the Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Copenhagen Philharmonic, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra. Outside Scandinavia, she has performed with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Kammerakademie Potsdam, the Munich Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the I Pommerigi Musicali di Milano and others. Marianna Shirinyan has been a Steinway Artist since 2013 and a professor at the Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway, since fall 2015. Marianna Shirinyan is artistic director of the Oremandsgaard Chamber Music Festival in Denmark.