Since we can’t come together in person this year to celebrate the GAI’s annual Musik im Mai concert series, our team has put together some suggestions for great listening at home. Check back here and on our social media @GAIMN for updates throughout the month! 

Classical Music Highlights – Beethovenjahr 2020 
It would be impossible to showcase all of the contributions of composers and musicians from German-speaking countries in the classical music world, but one of the best known is being celebrated this year. The year 2020 is the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth. Born in Bonn, Germany, Beethoven is one of the most frequently performed of all classical composers. For “Beethoven 2020,” many musical organizations have come together with a unique series of concerts and events. Learn more:

Digital content from the official Beethoven Anniversary Society

ARTE TV Beethoven Concerts and Videos

From the global hit 99 Luftballons by Nena, to the hard-rock band Rammstein and more, Germany’s contemporary rock and pop music has been influencing musicians around the world for decades. German broadcaster Deutsche Welle Kultur’s “top ten” lists of German pop singers and rock bands is a great place to start listening.  

DW Top Ten Singers from Germany

DW Top Ten Rock Bands from Germany 

40 Songs for Quarantine from Germany—Playlist from the German Embassy in Washington, DC

Germany today is home to some of the most exciting and innovative DJs and clubs. During the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs from Berlin to Hamburg and beyond have come together to present “United We Stream”—broadcasts of live DJ sets and performances every day.  

Tune in here

The accordion is one of the most popular instruments in the world. First patented by C. Friedrich L. Buschmann in Berlin in 1822, the accordion has grown to be a beloved instrument in folk music and large concert halls.

Listen to Joey Johnson's May 11 concert through the GAI’s Facebook page.
NOTE: No Facebook account needed. Just follow the link and click Not Now when the pop-up window prompts you to create an account.
You can find out more about Joey here

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