Berlin's Holocaust memorial holds open-air concert

Berlin's Holocaust memorial played host to an open-air concert on Friday with musicians spread out across the field of concrete slabs and performing a modern experimental piece. The Kammersymphonie Berlin twice performed composer Harald Weiss' somber 17-minute piece "Vor dem Verstummen" ("Before Silence Falls") to mark the third anniversary of the monument's opening to the public. The orchestra members were scattered among the 2,711 gray concrete slabs, against which some people leaned while listening to the music while others wandered around the labyrinthine memorial covering 19,000 square meters (204,500 square feet). The idea was for every visitor to "hear and see something different," said Daniel-jan Girl, who helped organize the event.