Last night’s open rehearsal at Hagen Stadthalle for Jon Lord’s concert there tonight was a resounding success. The 1.200 capacity venue was close to sold out and the crowd afforded the ‘show’ several standing occasions.
– It’s difficult to do a rehearsal when the venue is full of people watching you, so it was more like a real concert. The organiser said afterwards she’d have booked two concerts, if she’d known there was this much interest, Jon Lord explains.
Speaking to local tv-station Energy Music, Jon Lord says the Hagen shows are his first chance to sit back and listen to somebody else perform the Concerto.
– It’s great to just sit and experience how it sounds, he says.
Asked why he chose Hagen for his only German show this year, he explains that Hagen chose him. Ralph Breitenbach is a horn player with the Westphalia Symphonics, and he also plays keyboards with a rock band called Dead Composers Rock Society (DCRS). They wanted to perform the Concerto in Hagen and got in touch with Jon Lord.
The opportunity to catch Jon Lord rehearsing with the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra and DCRS last night was so popular that the rehearsal had to be delayed to allow patrons to find alternative parking near the venue.
Today Hagen’s local radio station has been broadcasting parking instructions for tonight’s show(!).