Susan Maclean at the Tonhalle, American Song Book at the Opera House

Susan Maclean meets a few of the RhineBuzz Community in the Tonhalle
Photo: ©Susanne Diesner

We had a wonderful evening last Friday at our first event at the Tonhalle, a group of over 20 RhineBuzzers enjoyed the concert with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and American mezzo soprano Susan Maclean

©Bernd Ahrens Photography

For nearly all RhineBuzzers it was the first time in this spectacular concert venue and of course they were enchanted by the dome and its blue lighting and the fabulous acoustics. After the concert we were invited to meet mezzo soprano Susan Maclean who is joining the German Opera on the Rhine and will be moving to Düsseldorf in a few months time. She was most welcoming to the techies amongst us who were keen to ask questions about performing in such an amazing and unique space. Susan on the otherhand, seemed genuinely happy to know that such a diverse group of new friends were awaiting her when she moves to the city.

©Bernd Ahrens Photography

preparing for a concert in the Tonhalle

Today I also took my first tour of the Tonhalle and am so looking forward to bringing you the first tours in English as soon as I can. What a treat to be working in such a historical place of music, I'm delighted at this opportunity. Thank you Meike Knoche at the Tonhalle, we are really looking forward to many more such great events.

Tuesday March 1 at 7.30pm there is a real treat in store in the foyer at the Opera House in Düsseldorf with Great American Songbook with soprano Lisa Griffith and music editor of the Rheinische Post Wolfram Goertz on piano, presenting work from Gershwin, Ellington and Bernstein.
I'll be there with American base John Deslauriers, who blew guests away with his version of "Ol Man River" at the recent 'New York comes to RhineBuzz' event and so we can look forward to his all American impressions of the evening later in the week when he writes for us.
Tickets are just €10, there were some still available today.