On Saturday, the European Culture Awards will be presented in Zurich’s Tonhalle. Also present: singer Campino, presenter Barbara Meier, Paavo Järvi, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra, and Ilona Schmiel, artistic director of the Tonhalle (from left to right).
Since 2012, the European Culture Prize has been awarded in the form of a Taurus to personalities, initiatives, artists and politicians who are committed to preserving European cultural heritage. The award ceremony is taking place in Switzerland for the first time this year and is not only about culture, but also about European solidarity, as the organizers have repeatedly emphasized.
The Tonhalle is the ideal host, according to a media conference on Friday. On the one hand, because Switzerland is not in the EU, but is in the heart of Europe. And, according to Paavo Järvi, Music Director of the Tonhalle Orchestra, because Zurich has “a surprising density of high culture”. That is expected in cosmopolitan cities like London, while Zurich is more familiar to many as a banking city. “I hope that people will also perceive the city as a place of culture in the future.”
One of the musical highlights: the joint appearance of the Toten Hosen and the Tonhalle Orchestra. Campino, singer of the German rock band, described the genres of punk rock and classic as “two different disciplines in one sport”. He believes that a punk rock band and an orchestra go hand in hand.
In the course of his 40-year musical career, he noticed that his band was “perhaps too limited” in the early years. Various collaborations with musicians from areas outside their scene have shown the Toten Hosen that it is very nice to break boundaries.
Paavo Järvi completely resists pigeonholing. He finds it “not helpful” to divide music into genres. “Music is music, and classical and rock music work very well together,” he told the media.
The Toten Hosen and the Tonhalle Orchestra will not only play the song “Alles aus Liebe” together on Saturday evening, they are also among the winners of the European Culture Awards. The Swiss musician duo Yello, the Zurich-born actor Mario Adorf, the British violinist Nigel Kennedy and the Italian actress Claudia Cardinale also received awards.
Other guests include personalities such as presenter Max Moor, actress Iris Berben, model and presenter Barbara Meier or Nathalie Wappler, director of Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) and deputy SRG general director. They will deliver the eulogies.