The »Cellomania«, a summit meeting of the world’s leading cellists, will take place as a festival within the 2018 festival. The high-carat musical introduction to the cello focus is a special concert onjanuary 31, 2018 with the celebrated American cellist Yo-Yo Ma.
The exceptional musician has 18 »Grammy« Awards and almost 100 CD recordings to his name and is always on the lookout for new resounding perspectives. His numerous projects always highlight music as a form of communication and a link between cultures and people. In his Dresden Music Festival debut, Yo-Yo Ma performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suites for Cello Solo BWV 1007-1012 – doubtlessly one of the pinnacles of cello literature.
CELLOMANIA Special Concert: Violoncello Recital Yo-Yo MaYo-Yo Ma, VioloncelloJohann Sebastian Bach: Suites for Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012January 31, 2018, 7.30 PM, Frauenkirche
Starting immediately, the Dresden Music Festival regularly invites some of the world’s leading artists and orchestras to the newly-opened Kulturpalast, presenting the new series of »Palace Concerts« outside the four-week annual festival period. Eight concerts will be presented in the 2017/18 season.
The series includes guest appearances by the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig under the baton of Herbert Blomstedt, the Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis (trumpet) as well as performances by Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich, Simone Kermes, David Garrett and a Christmas concert of the Vienna Boys’ Choir.
»Occasioned by the inauguration of the new concert hall inside the Culture Palace, the Dresden Music Festival has cooperated closely with the Mayor of Dresden, Dirk Hilbert, and the Dresden City Council to give birth to the new concert series ›Palace Concerts‹. The new series closes a gap, since so far, Dresden was only attractive as a city for guest performances by international stars of classical music during the Dresden Music Festival. Thus, the City of Dresden is sending a new signal, strengthening international cultural tourism to Dresden and supporting an application to become European Capital of Culture,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.
Inaugurating the new series, the Dresden Festival Orchestra will perform on April 30, 2017 as part of the opening weekend at the Culture Palace. Under the baton of Ivor Bolton, the matinee performance will feature Beethoven’s Triple Concerto with soloists Nicola Benedetti (violin), Jan Vogler (cello) and Alexander Melnikov (piano), among other works. There are only a few tickets left for this concert.
In the 2017 season the British cellist Steven Isserlis was presented the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward for his committment to the education of classical music. The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward honors achievements in classical music education and support for young artists. In 2017 it was donated by the watch-manufacturing company Glashütte Original and awarded jointly with the Dresden Music Festival for the 14th time. Please relive the greatest moments around the award and its ceremony in the film.