Die Dresdner Musikfestspiele starten am 10. Mai 2018 unter dem Motto »SPIEGEL« in ihre 41. Saison. Intendant Jan Vogler gibt mit den 67 Veranstaltungen neue künstlerische Impulse für das Festival. Zu den Höhepunkten zählen die Weltpremiere der »Buddha Passion« von Tan Dun am 23. Mai sowie ein Gipfeltreffen einer Auswahl der weltweit besten Cellisten in Dresden, das bis zum 21. Mai unter dem Titel »Cellomania« als Festival im Festival gefeiert wird.
On May 10, 2018 the Dresden Music Festival launches its 41st season under the motto »MIRRORS«. Intendant Jan Vogler’s declared intention is for the festival to deliver new artistic impulses in its 67 events. Among the festival’s highlights are the world premiere of Tan Dun’s »Buddha Passion« on May 23 and a summit meeting of the world’s best cellists in Dresden, which is entitled »Cellomania« and celebrated as a festival within the festival through May 21.
During the 32 days of the festival, more than 1,500 artists from all over the world make guest appearances in Dresden. Brilliant orchestral concerts, a multitude of cello formations, recitals and series such as »Classical Beats« and »Sound & Science« combine cultural traditions and innovative ideas at the Dresden Music Festival from May 10 to June 10, 2018, contributing to the city’s vibrant festival atmosphere. The unique interplay between artists and programming at 24 performance venues also reflects the many faces of the city of Dresden.
The festival launches with a performance by Intendant and cellist Jan Vogler with The Royal Danish Orchestra from Copenhagen under the baton of the festival’s former Intendant, Hartmut Haenchen, at the Culture Palace on May 10, 2018. The audience may also look forward to guest appearances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti with pianist Daniil Trifonov, the Royal National Scottish Orchestra under Peter Oundjian with violinist Nicola Benedetti, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer with Christiane Karg (soprano) and Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano). Encounters with celebrated soloists also promise magical moments – suffice it to mention the tenor José Cura, pianist Hélène Grimaud and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who receives the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« on May 28 in Dresden. As part of the series »Original Sound«, the Dresden Festival Orchestra delves into works of the romantic era as reflected by their own times. Concerts with the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées under Philippe Herreweghe also promise thrilling musical encpounters on historical instruments. The festival atmosphere in the city is enhanced by the inclusive sing-along/play-along events »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« and »Musical City«, as well as four young artists participating in the project »Bohème 2020«, who reflect upon the festival events in their own performances.
Joyce DiDonato is one of the great opera-singers of our times. Through her programmes, the internationally celebrated singer likes to convey comprehensive messages of peace and humanism. Off stage, she has been a champion of social projects for many years, whether in education or performing for the inmates of the high-security Sing Sing Prison in the USA. For her contributions to music education, Joyce DiDonato will receive the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« during the 41st Dresden Music Festival.
The award will be presented to the artist on May 28, 2018 as part of her concert »In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music« at Dresden’s Kulturpalast.
»Joyce DiDonato is an artist who does not differentiate between life and art. She devotes the same enthusiasm and the same standard of perfection to social activism as she does to the preparation of her opera roles and concerts. As a colleague, I admire Joyce; on behalf of the Music Festival and our sponsor Glashütte Original, I am delighted at this fantastic prize-winner,« says Jan Vogler, Intendant of the Dresden Music Festival.
Bearing a cash value of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« will be donated by the watchmaking company Glashütte Original for the 15th time in 2018 and presented in ccoperation with the Dresden Music Festival. As in past years, the award is manufactured by two students at the company’s own »Alfred Helwig« School of Watchmaking. Previous prize winners include such artist personalities as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza, Andris Nelsons and the cellist Steven Isserlis.
The 41st Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 10 to June 10, 2018 and is dedicated to the motto »MIRRORS«». Intendant Jan Vogler has programmed 67 events at 24 performance venues, inviting the audience to explore musical reflections upon nature, society and time itself. The highlight is a summit meeting of the world’s greatest cellists, who meet in Dresden for a festival within the festival entitled »Cellomania«. This cello feast features Yo-Yo Ma, Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrell, Daniel Müller-Schott, David Geringas, Natalia Gutman and Steven Isserlis, among others.
Another event sure to arouse curiosity is the world premiere of »Buddha Passion« by the Chinese composer Tan Dun. This composition for chorus and orchestra was commissioned by the Dresden Music Festival, the New York and the Los Angeles Philharmonics. It will have its world premiere in Dresden under the composer’s baton on May 23, 2018, performed by the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Prague Philharmonic Choir – and subsequently tours the world, with performances in New York and Los Angeles.
»The 41st edition of the Dresden Music Festival is marked by new artistic impulses. The Buddha Passion by Tan Dun launches a series of annual world premieres. I am also delighted to welcome so many outstanding cello colleagues to Dresden for ›Cellomania‹. The motto ‘MIRRORS’ pays homage to the romantic era, which made history here in Dresden, especially in the fields of music and visual arts,« Jan Vogler said in Dresden.
From the very first performance, the 2018 Dresden Music Festival promises special encounters; here, its current and its former Intendant meet in one concert. The Royal Danish Orchestra opens the Festival on May 10, 2018, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen with Jan Vogler (cello) as soloist. In addition to great orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Daniele Gatti, the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées under Philippe Herreweghe, globally celebrated soloists such as Joyce DiDonato, Daniil Trifonov, José Cura and Hélène Grimaud add brilliance to Dresden’s concert halls during the four and a half Festival weeks. The 2018 Festival also dedicates itself to opera, featuring a concert performance of Hector Berlioz’ »La Damnation de Faust« with the Malmö SymfoniOrkester, the Leipzig Radio Choir as well as Sophie Koch (Marguerite), Paul Groves (Faust), Sir Bryn Terfel (Mephistopheles) and Edwin Crossley-Mercer (Brander) under the baton of Marc Soustrot. The final note of the Festival is traditionally performed by the Dresden Festival Orchestra conducted by Ivor Bolton. The orchestra, which is dedicated to original sounds, is now celebrated all over Germany as an ambassador of the Dresden Music Festival. During the 2018 season, the Festival Orchestra explores works by Brahms, Mendelssohn and Schumann – as reflected by their times.
A high-carat program such as the one offered by the 41st Dresden Music Festival could not be implemented without supporters and sponsors. Special thanks are due to the State Capital of Dresden, the Free State of Saxony and to our premium partners: Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden and Glashütte Original:
Starting in the 2018 season, the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden intensifies its partnership with the Dresden Music Festival, presenting two concerts for the first time, Opening Night and the world premiere of Tan Dun’s »Buddha Passion«. »Musically, the composition traces the cultural treasures of the Silk Road. These ancient routes between the Mediterranean and Asia were places of economic trade. However, they were also sites of rich cultural exchange,« says Andreas Rieger, Corporate Spokesman of the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden. »We are looking forward to witnessing Tan Dun’s contemporary music building bridges between traditions and eras, and how this diversity will be reflected in Dresden in 2018, in keeping with the Festival’s motto. Our partnership is a little bit like the oriental Silk Road. Over the years, it has broadened and branches out. We are delighted to be able to support the Dresden Music Festival bring ever more diversity to our city, opening hearts all along the way!«
The watch-making company Glashütte Original supports the Dresden Music Festival even more significantly from the 2018 season onwards, presenting not only the concert of the Royal Scottish Orchestra under Peter Oundjian with violinist Nicola Benedetti, but also the evening with Joyce DiDonato & Il Pomo d’Oro. In addition, Glashütte Original donates the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award for the 15th time in 2018. »Creativity, passion and a feeling for timing go hand in hand – in watch-making and in music. Since 2004, therefore, Glashütte Original has been a partner of the Dresden Music Festival, which attracts an international audience every year, bringing people together. As a company from Saxony, we are proud to be a partner for high-carat cultural events, to strengthen our presence in the region and to send signals that reverberate far beyond Dresden,« says Thomas Meier, Managing Director of Glashütte Original.
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