Article taken from www.manowar.com
For their first German concert during the “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour in the new year MANOWAR have once again come up with something special.
Band leader and bassist Joey DeMaio announced during a press conference in Essen, Germany on October 1st that the U.S. metal rockers have invited the youth orchestra of Goetheschule Essen-Bredeney to perform on stage right before MANOWAR’s “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” show on January 14, 2015 in Essen’s Grugahalle.
For their performance in front of thousands of dedicated MANOWAR fans, the young musicians, who have garnered first stage experience through performances in the region, plan to play pieces from their own repertoire as well as orchestral versions of MANOWAR classics.
The Bredeneyer Schulorchester (Bredeneyer school orchestra) was formed in 1972. A cast of 80 to 100 musicians under the guidance of Dr. Marcus Schönwitz plays works from Wagner, Beethoven, Dvorák, Ravel and others, as well as popular music like the iconic title melody of sci-fi cult movie “Star Wars”.
“We have invited this school orchestra to represent young musicians all over the world, to show us what they are passionate about. We have offered them the opportunity to reach an audience that we know understands the tremendous power of music, and that they have more in common with than they may imagine” explained Joey DeMaio.
“We want to encourage teenagers to pursue their goals, regardless what others say. Especially as a young adult you are often confronted with the harsh criticism of your peers, because in their eyes you are not “cool” enough. Because you go to choir or orchestra practice while they play soccer or do other things that are the current trend” said DeMaio, a doctor of music sciences and known Wagner aficionado.
“Following your path without doubt; standing up for what you believe in, no matter if it will gain you popularity or not… this is what MANOWAR and metal stand for, and this unites these young musicians with our MANOWAR fans.
Together we will make the Grugahalle shake on January 14, and show the world that music makes us strong, and is there for us when we need it. Like true brothers and sisters of metal will always be there for each other!”
MANOWAR have recently announced their return into the studio to work on their yet untitled new record and will resume their touring schedule in January 2015, among others with 3 exclusive shows in Germany; on January 14, 2015 at Grugahalle, Essen, on January 16, 2015 at Zenith, Munich and on January 17, 2015 at the sold out Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt/Main.
During the work on the new album the idea was born to invite young orchestra musicians, representative for teenagers and young adults everywhere, and to encourage them with this performance to pursue their dreams.
Ideas were quickly turned into deeds and without any hesitation the school orchestra of Essen’s Goetheschule was invited to present themselves to the metal community during MANOWAR’s concert on January 14, 2015 at Grugahalle Essen.
The “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” World Tour celebrates the 25th anniversary of the best-selling hit album from 1988 and the following “Kings Of Metal” World Tour, and is packed with the entire new “Kings Of Metal MMXIV” album, many other face-melting fan favorites, unique multi-media contents and other surprises.