For the Dresden Music Festival, the most diverse and successful season in its history draws to a close today. The legendary guitarist Eric Clapton performs the last concert, bringing 26 vivid festival days under the motto »Visions« to a rousing finale. Over the course of three and a half weeks, a multi-faceted program featuring 56 concerts of different genres – from classical to jazz, world music and blues rock – curated by Artistic Director Jan Vogler proved once again that the Dresden Music Festival, founded in 1978, has long risen to the top of the European festival landscape.
Approximately 58,000 visitors came to be enchanted by about 1,500 artists at the 22 performance venues in and around Dresden. With 93 percent of seats filled, the Festival’s ticket revenue grew to 2 million Euros for the first time. That is an increase of 29 percent compared to the previous year.
»The Festival city of Dresden has come into its own. An enthusiastic audience – a felicitous mixture of local visitors and fans of classical music from elsewhere – celebrated Dresden as one of Europe’s cultural capitals,« thus Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, summarized the event.
Among the highlights of the 42nd Dresden Music Festival were guest performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic under Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev. The Dresden Festival Orchestra with Jan Vogler as the cello soloist and the conductor Constantinos Caridys offered a veritable fireworks of French romanticism in historically informed sound. The performance of the American violinist Joshua Bell and the Camerata Salzburg under Andrew Manze at the Frauenkirche was no less passionate; on the same occasion, Bell was honoured with the 16th »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«. Standing ovations greeted violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the sold-out Kulturpalast. During the world premiere of the cello concerto »Three Continents« written by Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig and Zhou Long, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Jan Vogler impressively demonstrated how sound colours from three continents can blend in one harmonious whole – the performance was conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. The performances of the interdisciplinary group of artists »Bohème 2020« stood out for their originality.
The 43rd Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 12 to June 12, 2020.
The 42nd Dresden Music Festival ends with a premiere on June 10, 2019: the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton plays the final concert of the classical music festival, which was founded in 1978, thereby broadening the festival’s spectrum to include rock and blues music for the very first time. A very special artistic encounter awaits the approximately 4,000 visitors to the Dresden Fair.
At his own request, Eric Clapton will play a few songs together with cellist Jan Vogler, who is also the artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival, on June 10. Thus, the final concert of Clapton’s tour in Dresden ends on an individual note of musical friendship.
Jan Vogler met Eric Clapton last year in London and invited him to his festival in Dresden as a star guest. The initial impulse for their meeting was provided by the show »New Worlds« with Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends in London, which Eric Clapton attended. The literary and musical project »New Worlds« was originally conceived for the Dresden Music Festival, where it premiered in 2017. This year’s Dresden Music Festival under the motto »VISIONS« began on May 16 and continues until June 10, 2019, featuring 56 concerts at 22 venues in Dresden.
The violinist Joshua Bell is one of the great performers of our times; since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1985, he has been able to look back on performances with almost all the major orchestras and conductors in the world. His concept of music as a means of trans-cultural understanding plays a central role in the school reform project »Education Through Music and Turnaround Arts« of the NAMM Foundation, enabling disadvantaged children to gain access to classical music in many different ways.
In addition, Bell is active in mentoring the string players of the National YoungArts Foundation, a charitable organization supporting rising young artists at high schools, and teaches at his own alma mater, the Jacobs School of Music. For these outstanding efforts and activities, Joshua Bell will receive the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« during this year’s 42nd Dresden Music Festival. The Prize will be presented to him as part of his appearance at the Frauenkirche on May 27, 2019.
»I have known Joshua Bell since 1989, when we met at the Marlboro Music Festival and would sight-read Schubert trios together during our spare time. Joshua has remained true to himself and reaches classical music fans of all generations and nationalities with his poetic style of playing the violin. Today he is one of the most charismatic and successful musicians in the world, and I am delighted that we are able to honour his work with the ›Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward‹ this year,« 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 16th time in 2019 and presented in conjunction with the Dresden Music Festival. The award sculpture will be designed and manufactured by two students at the company’s own watchmaking school »Alfred Helwig«. Recent prize winners have included such artist personalities as Sir Simon Rattle and the Berlin Philharmonic, Hélène Grimaud, Hilary Hahn, the fado singer Mariza, Andris Nelsons, Steven Isserlis and Joyce DiDonato.
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