The Slogan 2016 TIME May 05 to June 05, 2016

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    Relive on ARTE: Final Concert with Dresden Festival Orchestra

    The Dresden Festival Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Ivor Bolton performed the final concert of this year's Dresden Music Festival. The ensemble placed emphasis on the 19th Century in yet another example of its dedication to historically informed practice.

  • Watch at Concert Singapore Symphony Orchestra from May 28

    The concert from May 28 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui and with violinist Gil Shaham can be relived through's free online replay, available for 90 days after the performance.

  • Image film of Dresden Music Festival

    In our image film festival artists and impressions from our venues are woven with the city of Dresden, with its historical and impressive architecture and its inhabitants.




Program & Tickets







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The concert from may 28 with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra under Lan Shui and with violinist Gil Shaham as soloist was broascast live by Relive the concert through's free online replay, available for 90 days after each performance.

Chen Zhangyi: Work for Orchestra (Dresden Premiere)
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64
Arnold Schönberg »Verklärte Nacht« (»Transfigured Night«) Op. 4
Maurice Ravel »La Valse«. Poème choréographique

Music Lovers,

»The most indispensible, the most difficult and the most essential thing in music is tempo.« Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote these words to his father Leopold in 1777.

Indeed, the tempo of a piece of music is quite essentially an early deciding factor in its character. A fast piece forces its tempo upon us and sometimes makes us feel as if we were riding an imaginary rollercoaster. A slow tempo provides space for thoughts and emotions.

Jan Vogler, Intendant

Jan Vogler, Intendant since 2009

The 2016 Theme

Time, it is a strange thing,
As our lives go by, it means
absolutely nothing. And then,
one fine day, we are aware of nothing else.

(The Marschallin’s time monologue in Richard Strauss’ »Rosenkavalier«)

»The relationship between time and music has always interested me. All great music plays either in harmony with or in stark contrast to the time in which it is composed. Even after centuries, this character is never lost, it is the music’s lifeblood. Music atmospherically tells the history of its time as if it were today, music is often the emotional memory of the period in which it was created. At the same time, the performance of musical pieces influences our sense of time. It races on and drives us ahead, it stands still, it flows in harmony with our vitality, or it torments us with its force. Like time, a good concert always allows us to thoughtfully engage with the past and the future.«

Jan Vogler

from the Patron

Dear Music Lovers,

I heartily welcome you to the 39th Dresden Music Festival, which takes place in 2016 under the motto »Time«. I was more than happy to take on the role as patron for this internationally renowned festival. For fans of classical music both far and wide, the festival city of Dresden has become one of the most attractive cities in which to enjoy music.

Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony

Dresden Festival

»Orchestra di Dresda«. »By introducing a mixed taste The Royal Orchestra under Concertmeister Mr. Pisendel ... was brought to such tenderness of execution, that I ... have not heard any better.«

With these words, Johann Joachim Quantz describes the former court orchestra whose unique constellation is revived by the Dresden Festival Orchestra. The Dresden Festival Orchestra was launched in the spirit of the legendary »Orchestra di Dresda«. The former court orchestra of August the Strong was considered to be the best ensemble of its kind in the period of Dresden’s cultural flowering and it assembled the most prestigious instrumentalists of its time. Three centuries later, the Dresden Festival Orchestra unites international specialists for historically informed performance practice from the finest early-music ensembles in Europe - the perfect basis for the once praised »mixed taste« by Quantz.

About the Music Festival

Over the course of it’s more than 30 years history the Dresden Music Festival has established itself as distinctive cultural institution in Dresden and attracts an audience far beyond Germany’s borders between May and June to this city on the River Elbe. During three festival weeks renowned orchestras, top-class soloists and ensembles come to Dresden to perform at the most beautiful venues in its historic center and surroundings and fill the city with music.  

History of Music Festival

Dresden in the mood of the Music Festival

Themes of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009