The Sound of Industrialization

Theatre ANU creates in collaboration with the choirs of Obere Nahe and Idar Oberstein (orchestra L´ arpa festante) a journey of sound leading the audience from the beginning of industrialisation to the near future. To enhance the listening pleasure, visitors are invited to wear blindfolds during the production.
Music and theatre represent people’s dreams and realities – they can act as catalysts, unite society and reflect the political and social conditions.

Many compositions of the 19th century are all about the industrial revolution and the associated upheavals in society and the church.
The changes in working and private life have also had a lasting effect on our region.


The evening focuses on the protestant, entrepreneur and politician Carl Ferdinand Stumm. With roots in the Hunsrück he was one of the most influential personalities in Germany during this time. Just as prominent as Stumm is the music of his time with compositions by Johannes Brahms, Theodore Gouvy and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy.

The compositions for choir, large orchestra and soloists, are placed in the thematic context (“Schicksalslied” by Johannes Brahms with texts by Hölderlin, “Walpurgisnacht” by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy with texts by Goethe,  “Stabat Mater” by Theodore Gouvy,).

Theatre ANU acoustically expands the musical works and makes it possible for the audience to experience the change of times in impressive words.

Theatre ANU – Bärbel Aschenberg, Bille Behr, Daniel Dimitrow, Jacek Klinke (orator), Stefan Behr (text + director), Johannes Gärtner (sound)

Kantorei Obere Nahe, Kantorei Idar-Oberstein, Barockorchester L´Arpa Festante
Rahel Luserke (Sopran) – Judith Braun (Alt) – Marcus Elsäßer (Tenor) – Matthias Horn (Bass)