The year 2009 is rich in historical and musical anniversaries: Twenty years ago the Berlin Wall fell – the liberating result of a European movement that began in Poland and the Czech Republic, on the streets of Prague and Gdansk. The Young Sound Forum of Central Europe is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a concert tour through Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany with concerts in Swidnica, Wroclaw, Teplice, Prague and Berlin. The programme features Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s rarely played overture from „Die schöne Melusine“ in celebration of Mendelssohn’s 200th birthday, a symphonic poem by the great Polish composer Mieczyslaw Karlowicz, who died 100 years ago. The young German composer and percussionist Johannes Fischer has written a Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra for the Young Sound Forum of Central Europe that will be heard for the first time on this tour. Excerpts from Bedrich Smetana’s „The Bartered Bride“ conclude the concert.