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The Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
20 min.

Digibeta and DVD, Stereo, 16:9, German version
„Images“(Claude Debussy) and Symphony No. 9
“From the New World” (Antonín Dvorák)

Eugene Tzigane
Thomas Ebner, Roland Henning
Carsten Jost, Markus Prumbaum
Editors: Torsten Bender, Jörg Levsen
Anton Adam, Konstantin Dümpe
Production Managers:
Andreas Kuntze, Christian Becker
Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie
Studio 71 Medienproduktion GmbH

Many great musicians started their career in idyllic eastern Westphalia-Lippe, a favorite recreational area for residents of nearby towns such as Dortmund and Hannover. And for good reason: the town of Herford prides itself not only on its state-of-the-art museum, it is also home to a first-class symphony orchestra: NWD, the Northwest-German Philharmonics.

The 78 orchestra members see themselves as musical mediators as well as cultural ambassadors of their region. They stage concerts for students and families from Minden to Bad Salzuflen and perform in about 130 concerts within Germany and abroad. Their repertoire ranges from conventional classical and popular music to great symphonic choirs and grand opera.

Since the summer of 2010, the NWD has had a new principal conductor: Eugene Tzigane. The 28-year-old American, born in Tokyo and raised in California, lives in New York City today. NWD's artistic director Andreas Kuntze discovered Tzigane at the International Sir Georg Solti festival in Frankfurt and was able to convince the emerging talent to come to Herford, and he proved to be a god-send for both the orchestra and the region.

Tziganes' competence and charisma are highly inspirational to orchestra and audience alike. We filmed him during intense rehearsals in Herford and documented a captivating concert at Tonhalle Zurich. The film portrays orchestra, conductor and management as a dynamic unity, demonstrating that motivation, dialogue and cooperation among all participants, together with the highest musical-cultural standards, form the cornerstone of successful orchestral work. Based on this foundation, NWD has continued to write a success story over the past sixty years, and is well equipped for the future.