If you're blue and you don't know where to go to … Why don't you go where fashion sits? Puttin' on the Ritz! Suddenly a DHL truck pulls up: in front of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig, at the market square in Delitzsch, the small town in northern Saxony, at the Augustusplatz in front of Leipzig’s “City-Hochhaus” high-rise, at the park on Cospudener Lake, and at many more locations in and around the city. The truck cuts its engine, the awning rolls out, and the trailer transforms into a stage. Soon the sounds of Irving Berlin’s jazz standard “Puttin’ on the Ritz” fill the air thanks to “Leipzig Brass”, the ensemble of Gewandhausorchester brass musicians.
The kids in the audience start dancing right away, followed soon enough by the adults – hesitantly at first, then with more and more abandon. The musicians are clearly having fun, too. Several more pieces follow, including “Arrival of the Queen of Sheba” by George Frideric Handel. The musicians bow to their loud and appreciative audience, then they’re off to the next stop.
On three days in September, the Gewandhausorchester brass musicians and DHL brought a total of ten “Pop-Up” concerts to enthusiastic listeners in and around Leipzig.