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Sun 03 Sep

Palace Concert

Gewandhaus Orchestra & Herbert Blomstedt

The first season of the Dresden Music Festival’s Palace Concerts opens with one of the world’s most renowned…

Palace Concert

Gewandhaus Orchestra & Herbert Blomstedt

The first season of the Dresden Music Festival’s Palace Concerts opens with one of the world’s most renowned orchestras, the venerable Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. And hardly a work would be more befitting for this ceremonious context than Mendelssohn’s »Lobgesang«, written by the composer and former Gewandhaus conductor for a lavish celebration of the 400-year anniversary of the invention of the printing press in 1840. The Gewandhaus Orchestra is led by its conductor laureate, Herbert Blomstedt, who celebrates his 90th birthday in 2017. An outstanding musical event!

Gewandhaus Orchestra
Horn Soloists of the Gewandhaus Orchestra
Gewandhaus Chorus
Herbert Blomstedt – Conductor
Sophia Brommer – Soprano
Marie Henriette Reinhold – Soprano
Tilman Lichdi – Tenor

  • Robert Schumann: Concert Piece for Four Horns and Orchestra in F-major Op. 86
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Lobgesang Op. 52. Symphonic Cantata for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra

 

 

Mon 04 Sep

Palace Concert

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

The artistic symbiosis between the Staatskapelle Berlin and its chief conductor Daniel Barenboim has been fascinating…

Palace Concert

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

The artistic symbiosis between the Staatskapelle Berlin and its chief conductor Daniel Barenboim has been fascinating experts and audiences equally for more than two decades. After performing a complete cycle of Bruckner symphonies in Tokyo, New York and Paris, this extraordinary musical liaison now appears in Dresden: Bruckner’s last, unfinished symphony, his farewell to the world, is paired with one of Mozart’s most melodious piano concertos – with Daniel Barenboim in his celebrated double role as pianist and conductor.

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim – Piano and Conductor

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A-major K. 488
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D-minor WAB 109 (original version of 1894)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Thu 19 Oct

Palace Concert

Simone Kermes: »Love«

»Love« – this word suggests drama, passion and great feelings. Problems, trials and tribulations, lust and grief,…

Palace Concert

Simone Kermes: »Love«

»Love« – this word suggests drama, passion and great feelings. Problems, trials and tribulations, lust and grief, sublime bliss and deadly wounds – all this is part of Cupid’s arsenal, as we have known since the myths of antiquity about the gods, keepers of many passions. With her impressive coloratura voice and her overwhelming stage presence, Simone Kermes gives new sparkle to love in this program featuring works from various countries and three centuries!

Simone Kermes – Soprano
Kermes e Amici Veneziani
Boris Begelman – Conductor and Violin
Torsten Händler – Choreographer and Director
Johanna Henze – Costumes
Jamal Uhlmann, Leonardo Cheng — Dance

  • Love scenes from works by Riccardo Broschi, Antonio Cesti, John Dowland, Carlo Mannelli, Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Antonio Vivaldi and others
Simone Kermes

Simone Kermes [Soprano]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Sun 12 Nov

Palace Concert

Violin Recital Anne-Sophie-Mutter

In her recitals Anne-Sophie Mutter routinely breaks down boundaries. The exceptional violinist often presents daring…

Palace Concert

Violin Recital Anne-Sophie-Mutter

In her recitals Anne-Sophie Mutter routinely breaks down boundaries. The exceptional violinist often presents daring new works, showcasing the impressively broad range of her art. A champion of contemporary music, Anne-Sophie Mutter likes to combine works she has commissioned with classical ones. Thus, her recital in the Palace Concerts series includes not only the famous Partita in D-minor by Bach and Brahms’ Scherzo from the romantic »F-A-E Sonata«, but also pieces by Penderecki which are full of surprises and manage to combine extremely different elements in one whole.

Anne-Sophie Mutter – Violin
Roman Patkoló – Double Bass
Lambert Orkis – Piano

  • Johannes Brahms: Scherzo for Violin and Piano in C-minor WoO 2 from the »F-A-E Sonata«
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Duo concertante for Violin and Double Bass
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D-minor BWV 1004 
  • Krzysztof Penderecki: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2
  • Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances WoO1 (selection)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 110 / 80 / 60 / 35 / 20 / 125 EUR
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Fri 01 Dec

Palace Concert

Christmas Concert: Vienna Boys’ Choir

As part of its traditional tour of Germany, the Vienna Boys’ Choir stops in Dresden this year. The world’s most famous…

Palace Concert

Christmas Concert: Vienna Boys’ Choir

As part of its traditional tour of Germany, the Vienna Boys’ Choir stops in Dresden this year. The world’s most famous boys’ choir looks back on a tradition spanning more than 500 years and continues to enchant audiences worldwide with its crystal-clear voices and the homogeneity of its singing. In their Christmas concert the choir members, aged 10 to 14, perform classical works and German and international Christmas carols, ringing in the advent season.

Vienna Boys’ Choir
Oliver Stech – Conductor

  • Classical works and Christmas carols from all over the world

 

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Vienna Boy's Choir

Vienna Boy's Choir

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 49,50 / 45,50 / 42,50 / 39,05 / 27,55 EUR
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YoYo-Ma

Wed 31 Jan

CELLOMANIA

Special Concert: Violoncello Recital Yo-Yo Ma

In January, there is a high-carat musical introduction to the cello focus of the upcoming Festival season,…

CELLOMANIA

Special Concert: Violoncello Recital Yo-Yo Ma

In January, there is a high-carat musical introduction to the cello focus of the upcoming Festival season, »Cellomania«. One of the instrument’s greatest protagonists of our times, the American virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma, makes a guest appearance at the Frauenkirche. 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.

Yo-Yo Ma, Violoncello

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites for Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012

Yo-Yo Ma [Violoncello]

  • 19:30
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 / 95 EUR
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Thu 08 Feb

Palace Concert

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

This concert brings a true legend of jazz to the Culture Palace: Wynton Marsalis. The winner of nine (!) Grammy Awards…

Palace Concert

Wynton Marsalis & Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

This concert brings a true legend of jazz to the Culture Palace: Wynton Marsalis. The winner of nine (!) Grammy Awards is considered one of the world’s best jazz trumpet players of our times. Born in New Orleans in 1961, Marsalis grew up in a family of musicians. Since 1995 he has been the artistic director of the famous Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York. Together with the institution’s own orchestra, which unites fifteen of today’s best jazz musicians, Wynton Marsalis brings New York’s »spirit of swing« to Dresden.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Wynton Marsalis – Trumpet and Conductor

»In the Spirit of Swing«
  • 21:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Martha Argerich & Lilya Zilberstei

Thu 01 Mar

Palace Concert

Martha Argerich & Lilya Zilberstein

Martha Argerich is revered as a Grande Dame of piano music today; her recordings and performances are legendary. She is…

Palace Concert

Martha Argerich & Lilya Zilberstein

Martha Argerich is revered as a Grande Dame of piano music today; her recordings and performances are legendary. She is one of the most important pianists of our times, celebrated for her virtuosic and passionate playing. Exactly 30 years after Argerich, Lilya Zilberstein won the famous Busoni Competition in Bolzano, launching her career. For almost 20 years the brilliant duo of Argerich & Zilberstein has been giving duo recitals at Europe’s leading concert halls, guaranteeing unforgettable musical experiences.

Martha Argerich – Piano
Lilya Zilberstein – Piano

  • Works for Piano Duo
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 65 / 50 / 40 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sun 11 Mar

Palace Concert

Violin Recital David Garrett

David Garrett, who studied with the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at New York’s famous Juilliard School, has…

Palace Concert

Violin Recital David Garrett

David Garrett, who studied with the legendary violinist Itzhak Perlman at New York’s famous Juilliard School, has always remained true to his classical roots, despite his great success as a crossover artist. In Dresden, the star violinist will be accompanied by his long-standing piano partner Julien Quentin, performing works by the composers César Franck, Henryk Wieniawski, Pablo de Sarasate and Fritz Kreisler, and filling an exciting concert evening with their virtuosic and demanding violin works.

David Garrett – Violin
Julien Quentin – Piano

  • César Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A-major
  • Works by Fritz Kreisler, Pablo de Sarasate and Henryk Wieniawski
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 110 / 80 / 60 / 35 / 20 / 125 EUR
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Hartmut Haenchen und Jan Vogler

Thu 10 May

CELLOMANIA

Opening Concert: Royal Danish Orchestra – Haenchen – Vogler

When the former artistic director of the Festival, Hartmut Haenchen (who celebrates his 75th birthday in 2018), and the…

CELLOMANIA

Opening Concert: Royal Danish Orchestra – Haenchen – Vogler

When the former artistic director of the Festival, Hartmut Haenchen (who celebrates his 75th birthday in 2018), and the current one meet in one joint concert, that is an extraordinary event and at the same time a wonderful opening for the new season. In keeping with the »Cellomania« proclaimed for this year’s festival, before Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 Jan Vogler presents a late work by Shostakovich, his Concerto Op. 126, which can be considered his legacy and has long been a secret favorite among cellists, due to its mysterious aura. Carl Nielsen’s overture to the Danish national opera »Maskerade« is a resounding souvenir from the Danish orchestra’s homeland.

Royal Danish Orchestra
Hartmut Haenchen, Conductor
Jan Vogler, Violoncello

  • Carl Nielsen: Ouverture to the Comic Opera »Maskerade«
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 126
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (CONCERT HALL)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Fri 11 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

English Baroque Soloists – Monteverdi Choir – Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the most respected conductors of our times, appears at the Dresden Music Festival – a…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

English Baroque Soloists – Monteverdi Choir – Gardiner

Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the most respected conductors of our times, appears at the Dresden Music Festival – a key figure of the early music movement, he played a significant role in establishing historically informed performance practice, and he brings two ensembles he founded himself to the Frauenkirche: the English Baroque Soloists and the Monteverdi Choir. Both ensembles stand for passionate and virtuoso music-making, their programs are a living dialogue with the audience. Featuring four Bach Cantatas, the concert promises an intriguing exploration of the composer and his works as reflected by the time of their writing, guaranteeing an evening sure to live up to the title of Gardiner’s book on Bach: »Music in the Castle of Heaven«.

English Baroque Soloists
Monteverdi Choir
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Please note change of program! The cantatas BWV 19, 101, 78 and 140 are replaced by following program:
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata »Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen« BWV 1
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata »Ihr werdet weinen und heulen« BWV 103
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata »O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe« BWV 34
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata »O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort« BWV 20
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 / 95 EUR
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Steven Isserlis und Jan Vogler

Fri 11 May

CELLOMANIA:

Steven Isserlis, Jan Vogler & Robert Schumann

In the context of last season, in which Steven Isserlis was awarded the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award for his…

CELLOMANIA:

Steven Isserlis, Jan Vogler & Robert Schumann

In the context of last season, in which Steven Isserlis was awarded the Glashütte Original Music Festival Award for his special achievements in music education, the British cellist returns to the 2018 Festival with two unusual formats – a children’s concert and today’s event, in which he turns to Robert Schumann’s »Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln« (»Musical Rules for Life and the Home«) in a conversation with his fellow cellist Jan Vogler. The great romantic composer is also the focus of Isserlis’ latest book. »His music takes us to places where no other music takes us. He dreams in music.« And there is hardly a more befitting venue than the Palais am Großen Garten, where Schumann himself used to appear.

Steven Isserlis, Violoncello
Connie Shih, Piano
Jan Vogler, Host

  • Robert Schumann:  Three Romances Op. 90 as well as excerpts from the book »Musikalische Haus- und Lebensregeln« (»Musical Rules for Life and the Home«)
  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Vincent van Gogh »Sternennacht« (1889)

Sat 12 May

Soloists of the Staatskapelle Dresden

During the period before World War I, Richard Dehmel was considered one of the most important German-language poets.…

Soloists of the Staatskapelle Dresden

During the period before World War I, Richard Dehmel was considered one of the most important German-language poets. His poem »Verklärte Nacht« (»Transfigured Night«) was the programmatic template for Schoenberg’s String Sextet Op. 4 of the same title, and the principal strings of the Sächsische Staatskapelle, led by concertmaster Matthias Wollong, will dive into the intense world of its sound at the Tom Pauls Theater. In addition, the String Sextet Op. 18 by Johannes Brahms will be performed, a work in which Schoenberg believed to have recognized a precursor of his own dodecaphonic method of composition. Thus, the concert offers interesting musical reflections. The concept of the chamber music series at the Tom Pauls Theater also includes a short opening program performed by music students.

Matthias Wollong, Violin, Jörg Faßmann, Violin, Sebastian Herberg, Viola, Florian Richter, Viola, Anke Heyn, Violoncello, Norbert Anger, Violoncello

»Verklärte Nacht« (»Transfigured Night«)
  • Johannes Brahms: String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major Op. 18
  • Arnold Schönberg: »Verklärte Nacht« (»Transfigured Night«) for String Sextet Op. 4 (based on a poem by Richard Dehmel)

 

In cooperation with the Tom Pauls Theater

4 pm Guided tour of the Peter-Ulrich-Haus.  Please register by May 11 by emailing  info@tom-pauls-theater.de

  • 18:00
  • Tom Pauls Theater Pirna
  • 28 EUR
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LGT Young Soloists

Sat 12 May

LGT Young Soloists

The LGT Young Soloists are aged between twelve and 23 and have won enthusiastic audiences in Zurich and New York, in…

LGT Young Soloists

 

The LGT Young Soloists are aged between twelve and 23 and have won enthusiastic audiences in Zurich and New York, in Beijing, Moscow and Shanghai. The youthful soloists of this extraordinary ensemble accompany each other, learning from each other and gathering valuable performance experience through appearances all over the world. In this ensemble, which works without a conductor, everyone is a team player and soloist in equal parts. Many former members have made resounding names for themselves. And thus, today’s ensemble is likely to include some of the future’s greatest artists. The audience in Dresden is treated to a diverse program and may look forward to the perspective of a young, new generation of musicians on works ranging from Paganini to Waxman.

LGT Young Soloists

  • Giuseppe Tartini: Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in G minor Op. 1/4 »Devil’s Trill Sonata«
  • Gustav Holst: »St. Paul’s Suite« Pp. 29/2
  • Franz Waxman: »Carmen Fantasy« for Violin and Orchestra
  • Alfred Schnittke: »Suite in the Old Style« for String Orchestra
  • Niccolò Paganini: »Moses Fantasy« for Violoncello and String Orchestra
  • Giovanni Bottesini:»Grand Duo Concertante« for Violin, Double Bass and String Orchestra

LGT Young Solists

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) und Edivaldo Ernesto

Sat 12 May

Classical Beats: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) & Edivaldo Ernesto

Combining classical music and club culture, the series »Classical Beats« begins with the composer and pianist Volker…

Classical Beats: Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) & Edivaldo Ernesto

Combining classical music and club culture, the series »Classical Beats« begins with the composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka from Düsseldorf, who made a name for himself mainly with his pieces for prepared piano. His soundtrack for the film »Lion« was nominated for an »Oscar«. Together with the expressive dancer Edivaldo Ernesto from Mozambique, a member of the Sasha Waltz Company, he creates an evening that is purely improvised. This fascinating symbiosis of sound and movement reflects different cultural backgrounds. After the concert the Berlin-based DJ Jueri Gagarino will invite the audience to enjoy a live set.

Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka), Piano and Electronics
Edivaldo Ernesto, Dance
Jörg Bittner, Lighting Design
Michael Buchholz, Sound Design
Annette Gentz, Production

 

At 10 pm, follwing the concert, Berlin-based DJ Jueri Gagarino will invite to enjoy a live set.
The ticket for the concert »Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) & Edivaldo Ernesto« also allows to enter the DJ set.
  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • 30 EUR
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Reithalle

Sat 12 May

Classical Beats: DJ Set Jueri Gagarino

As part of the series »Classical Beats« that combines classical music and club culture, the Berlin-based DJ Jueri…

Classical Beats: DJ Set Jueri Gagarino

As part of the series »Classical Beats« that combines classical music and club culture, the Berlin-based DJ Jueri Gagarino will invite the audience to enjoy a live set after the concert with the composer and pianist Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka.

Jueri Gagarino, Live Set

 

Who already purchased a ticket for the concert »Volker Bertelmann (Hauschka) & Edivaldo Ernesto« is also allowed to enter the DJ set.
  • 22:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • Tickets at the evening box office
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José Cura

Sun 13 May

José Cura & Dresdner Kapellsolisten

The well-known Argentinean tenor José Cura is not only a celebrated singer, especially in the Italian repertoire, but…

José Cura & Dresdner Kapellsolisten

The well-known Argentinean tenor José Cura is not only a celebrated singer, especially in the Italian repertoire, but has also made a name for himself as a conductor and director on the international opera and concert stage. In his triple role as singer, composer and arranger, the versatile artist now performs at the Semperoper. The program unites songs from his homeland, his own arrangements and settings of texts by Pablo Neruda. The works express the profound melancholy of this South American music, but also constitute the star tenor’s declaration of love for his biographical and musical roots.

Dresdner Kapellsolisten
Helmut Branny, Conductor
José Cura, Tenor

»Argentinean Songs«
  • Works by Felipe Boero, Carlos López Buchardo, José Cura, Alberto Ginastera, Carlos Guastavino, Hilda Herrera, Héctor Panizza und María Elena Walsh
  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 55 / 45 / 30 / 20 / 10 / 8 / 75 EUR
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Steven Isserlis

Sun 13 May

CELLOMANIA:

Children's Concert Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis is not only one of the great cellists of our times, but is keen to pass on his musical passion to a…

CELLOMANIA:

Children's Concert Steven Isserlis

Steven Isserlis is not only one of the great cellists of our times, but is keen to pass on his musical passion to a young audience. His children’s books about famous composers have been translated into many languages and his programs for young concertgoers have been presented all over the world. Now the versatile British musician offers a fascinating concert for young music lovers at Schloss Wackerbarth, taking them on a journey into Robert Schumann’s world. There will be many resounding stories from the composer’s Romantic era to discover, and at the end a musical tale of surprise about a Little Red Violin and a Big Bad Cello proves how colorful and whimsical the music world is. A feast for the ears and eyes!

Steven Isserlis, Violoncello
Veronika Eberle, Violin
Connie Shih, Piano
Marek Kalina, Narrator

For children aged 8 and up

 

Kindly supported by the Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth

 

 

 

  • 11:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 10 EUR
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Anush Nikogosyan

Sun 13 May

Violin Recital Anush Nikogosyan

Once again, the idyllic Castle Wackerbarth outside Dresden hosts a series of rising and promising young talents. First…

Violin Recital Anush Nikogosyan

Once again, the idyllic Castle Wackerbarth outside Dresden hosts a series of rising and promising young talents. First in this series is the young Armenian violinist Anush Nikogosyan, who studied with Julia Fischer in Munich, among others, and is praised for her brilliant technique and expressive playing. Her program unites works ranging from classical to modern, from Beethoven to Schumann and Shostakovich to the Armenian composer Babajanian – an intriguing spectrum allowing the artist to exhibit the full breadth of her abilities.

Anush Nikogosyan, Violin
Vag Papian, Piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F major Op. 24 »Spring Sonata«
  • Robert Schumann:»Fantasy Pieces« Op. 73
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Prélude No. 10 in C sharp minor, No. 15 in D major, No. 16 in B flat minor and No. 24 in D minor from Préludes Op. 34 for Violin and Piano
  • Arno Babajanian:  Sonata for Violin and Piano

 

Kindly supported by the Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Before the concert at 6 pm, Castle Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (39€). Reservations via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 35 EUR
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Johannes Moser und Daniel Müller-Schott

Mon 14 May

CELLOMANIA:

Johannes Moser and Daniel Müller-Schott

Writing for cello was anything but usual during the classical era, since the instrument was still at the beginning of…

CELLOMANIA:

Johannes Moser and Daniel Müller-Schott

Writing for cello was anything but usual during the classical era, since the instrument was still at the beginning of its development into a solo instrument. All the more fortunate for cellists today that Joseph Haydn left us two works, his concerti in C major and D major, which are among the most demanding among cello literature. The first of the two works was only rediscovered in 1961. The works offer perfect material for a concert in the »Cellomania« series, presented by two soloists whose interpretations of the virtuoso compositions will illustrate how vibrant the cello scene is today.

Dresdner Kapellsolisten
Helmut Branny, Conductor
Johannes Moser, Violoncello
Daniel Müller-Schott, Violoncello

  • Joseph Haydn: Haydn Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1 in C major Hob. VIIb:1
  • Joseph Haydn: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 2 in D major Hob. VIIb:2
Mischa Maisky Trio

Tue 15 May

CELLOMANIA:

Celebrating Mischa Maisky's 70th Birthday

Mischa Maisky is one of the world’s leading cellists, and so he is essential to this year’s »Cellomania« at the Dresden…

CELLOMANIA:

Celebrating Mischa Maisky's 70th Birthday

Mischa Maisky is one of the world’s leading cellists, and so he is essential to this year’s »Cellomania« at the Dresden Music Festival! The grand master turns 70 this year and asked to celebrate this event »en famille« with a beautiful Russian program. Performing with his son Sascha on the violin and his daughter Lily at the piano, he offers highly expressive works – such as the »Trio élégiaque«, which Rachmaninoff wrote at the age of only eighteen, or the Second Piano Trio by Dmitri Shostakovich, who dedicated the work to the memory of his friend Ivan Sollertinsky – which allow the Russian soul to shine forth as reflected by the Maisky Family.

Sascha Maisky, Violin
Mischa Maisky, Violoncello
Lily Maisky, Piano

  • Sergej Rachmaninow: »Trio élégiaque« No. 1 in G minor
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in D minor Op. 40
  • Sergej Rachmaninoff: omances for Cello and Piano
  • Dmitri Shostakovich:  Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 2 in E minor Op. 67
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Daniil Trifonov

Wed 16 May

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Gatti – Trifonov

The Dresden Music Festival welcomes musical friends, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, returning for…

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra – Gatti – Trifonov

The Dresden Music Festival welcomes musical friends, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Daniele Gatti, returning for a new guest appearance, and is delighted to present the wonderful orchestra from Amsterdam with its new chief conductor for the first time. Concertgoers can verify the quality of this musical liaison when Mahler’s monumental First Symphony is played. Performing a work from his Russian homeland, the exceptional pianist Daniil Trifonov joins the outstanding cast – Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 is the composer’s most popular contribution to this genre.

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Daniil Trifonov, Piano

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C major Op. 26
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 1 in D major
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 110 / 80 / 60 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Artemis Quartette und Elisabeth Leonskaja

Thu 17 May

Artemis Quartet & Elisabeth Leonskaja

The Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a reflection of its time, and it brings Elisabeth…

Artemis Quartet & Elisabeth Leonskaja

The Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57 by Dmitri Shostakovich is a reflection of its time, and it brings Elisabeth Leonskaja, the grande dame of the piano, to Dresden for the first time in this formation. The Russian Elisabeth Leonskaja grew up in Tbilisi and is one of the truly great pianists of our times. Together with the Artemis Quartet, an ensemble known for its enthusiastic and inspired collaborations with other musicians, she performs not only the expressive Russian work of 1940, but also another »classic« for piano and four strings: Dvořák’s Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81, one of the composer’s most frequently performed works. In addition, the lyrical, melodious String Quartet Op. 18 No. 3 by Beethoven, published in 1801, will be heard.

Artemis Quartet:
Vineta Sareika, Violin
Anthea Kreston, Violin
Gregor Sigl, Viola
Eckart Runge, Violoncello

Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major Op. 18
  • Antonín Dvorák: Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch:  Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57
  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Johann Sebastian Bach

Fri 18 May

CELLOMANIA:

Bach Suites

The fact that Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Suites for solo cello were forgotten after his death may come as a surprise…

CELLOMANIA:

Bach Suites

The fact that Johann Sebastian Bach’s six Suites for solo cello were forgotten after his death may come as a surprise to modern listeners, given the central place they occupy in the cello literature today. The great Pablo Casals himself saved them from oblivion, remarking about the unique compositions: »They are the quintessence of Bach’s oeuvre, and Bach himself is the quintessence of all music.« During the concert at the Baroque Palais im Großen Garten, the six pieces will be interpreted by different musicians. Fascinating, colorful listening experiences are guaranteed.

Alban Gerhardt, Violoncello
Harriet Krijgh, Violoncello
Christian Poltéra, Violoncello
Alisa Weilerstein, Violoncello
Pieter Wispelwey, Violoncello

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Suites for Violoncello Solo BWV 1007-1012
Denis Matsuev

Fri 18 May

Staatskapelle Dresden – Thielemann – Matsuev

Since winning the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, the exceptional Russian…

Staatskapelle Dresden – Thielemann – Matsuev

Since winning the first prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1998, the exceptional Russian pianist Denis Matsuev has developed into one of the outstanding musicians of our times. Together with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden, a dream cast awaits the listeners. The program features Brahms’ Fourth Symphony – one of the most important and sophisticated contributions to this genre – Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, which cost the composer three decades of work, as well as Weber’s »Oberon« Overture of 1825.

Staatskapelle Dresden
Christian Thielemann, Conductor
Denis Matsuev,Piano

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to the Opera »Oberon«
  • Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in A major
  • Johannes Brahms:  Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98

 

In cooperation with the Staatskapelle Dresden

Meute

Fri 18 May

Classical Beats: Meute – Brass meets Techno

»Classical Beats«, second round! This time, a brass band plays Techno. What seems unusual at first glance actually…

Classical Beats: Meute – Brass meets Techno

»Classical Beats«, second round! This time, a brass band plays Techno. What seems unusual at first glance actually describes one of the most successful new formations from Hamburg. Meute is the name of the 11-piece Techno marching band which has set itself the challenge of taking electronic music back to its roots, or in other words: to make it heard acoustically once again. The idea has proven a success and found enthusiastic followers, even beyond German borders. Employing the proverbial trumpets and drums, the hypnotic power of the repetitive structures creates a fascinating live sound, offering a unique club music experience.

Meute

 

At 10 pm, follwing the concert, Berlin-based DJ Jueri Gagarino will invite to enjoy a live set.
The ticket for the concert »Meute« also allows to enter the DJ set.

Meute

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • 30 / 15 EUR
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Reithalle

Fri 18 May

Classical Beats: DJ Set Jueri Gagarino

As part of the series »Classical Beats« that combines classical music and club culture, the Berlin-based DJ Jueri…

Classical Beats: DJ Set Jueri Gagarino

As part of the series »Classical Beats« that combines classical music and club culture, the Berlin-based DJ Jueri Gagarino will invite the audience to enjoy a live set after the concert with Meute.

Jueri Gagarino, Live Set

 

Who already purchased a ticket for the concert »Meute« is also allowed to enter the DJ set.
  • 22:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • Tickets at the evening box office
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Marie-Elisabeth Hecker

Sat 19 May

CELLOMANIA:

Wild Young Cellists

Narek Hakhnazarzan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1988. Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, born in 1987, is from Zwickau in…

CELLOMANIA:

Wild Young Cellists

Narek Hakhnazarzan was born in Yerevan, Armenia, in 1988. Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, born in 1987, is from Zwickau in Germany, and the Spaniard Pablo Ferrández, born in 1991, from Madrid. One thing they have in common is that they have been playing the cello since their early childhood, have all won important prizes and appear regularly on the international concert stages. Together, the three young promising instrumentalists offer an afternoon of atmospheric works by Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky at the Palais im Großen Garten, allowing the audience insights into the development of cello playing to this day and the sound of tomorrow.

Pablo Ferrández, Violoncello
Narek Hakhnazaryan, Violoncello
Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Violoncello
Michail Lifits, Piano

  • Igor Stravinsky: »Suite italienne« for Violoncello and Piano
  • Sergej Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano in G minor Op. 19
  • Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violoncello and Piano No. 1 in E minor Op. 38
Nathan Laube

Sat 19 May

Organ Recital Nathan Laube

The American organist Nathan Laube belongs to the fascinating younger generation of musicians and has established…

Organ Recital Nathan Laube

The American organist Nathan Laube belongs to the fascinating younger generation of musicians and has established himself as one of the most high-profile artists at his instrument. Not only is he a soloist sought-after worldwide, but he also teaches at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, he also studied in Stuttgart and Toulouse and has been Artist in Residence at the American Cathedral in Paris. Nathan Laube is known to win his audiences over from the very first notes, coaxing an incredible wealth of colors from the organ. We are delighted that, for his second appearance at the Dresden Music Festival, he will play the famous baroque Silbermann Organ in Freiberg.

Nathan Laube, Organ

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fantasy and Fugue in G-Minor BWV 542
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr« (Canto fermo in Soprano) BWV 662
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr« (Canto fermo in Tenore)  BWV 663
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio super: »Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr« from »Achtzehn Choräle von verschiedener Art« BWV 664
  • Georg Muffat: Toccata Settima »Apparatus Musico-Organisticus«
  • Matthias Weckmann: Canzon in C
  • François Roberda:y Fugue 9 und Caprice sur le mesme sujet aus »Fugues et Caprices«
  • Robert Schumann: Fuga I: Slow und Fuga II: Lively from »Sechs Fugen über den Namen B-A-C-H« op. 60

Silbermann Organ Trip with expert guides: Departure at 10 am under the Carolabrücke in Dresden – passing Silbermann’s birthplace in Kleinbobritsch – Silbermann Organ demonstration in Reinhardtsgrimma – Visit to the show workshop at the Silbermann House and explanation of the Silbermann Organ in Freiberg

Nathan Laube [Orgel]

  • 17:00
  • Freiberg's Dom St. Marien
  • Ticket sales start on Oct 4
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Szenenfoto »María de Buenos Aires«

Sat 19 May

»María de Buenos Aires«

For María, who grew up poor as a church mouse, tango is more than a dance. It lends her the strength to leave the…

»María de Buenos Aires«

For María, who grew up poor as a church mouse, tango is more than a dance. It lends her the strength to leave the suburbs behind her and to stay in Buenos Aires, rising through society… Astor Piazzolla’s opera in sixteen scenes, »María de Buenos Aires«, first performed in 1968, was characterized by the composer himself as a »tango operita«. The subject is the eternal circle of growth and destruction, but also the vitality and fascination of this »dancing Eros« known as tango. The work is based on texts by the Uruguayan poet Horacio Ferrer. In this stage work – his only one – Piazzolla mixed Argentinean folklore with jazz and classical modernism.

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Staatsoperette Dresden
Peter Christian Feigel, Music Director
Radek Stopka, Stage Director and Choreographer
Tom Quaas (A Ghost »El Duende«)
Vasiliki Roussi (María)
Jannik Harneit (Payador)
Christian Grygas (Ladrón)
Marcus Günzel (Gorrión, Analista Primero)
Jorinde Gnüchtel, Laura Hoppe (Young María)

  • Astor Piazzolla: »María de Buenos Aires«

 

In cooperation with the Staatsoperette Dresden

  • 19:30
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
  • 55 / 50 EUR
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Ludwig van Beethoven

Sat 19 May

CELLOMANIA:

Beethoven Sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven’s five cello sonatas are divided among the three phases of his creative life: while the two…

CELLOMANIA:

Beethoven Sonatas

Ludwig van Beethoven’s five cello sonatas are divided among the three phases of his creative life: while the two sonatas of Opus 5 are considered typical early works by the wild young piano virtuoso, the grand Sonata in A major Op. 69 is one of the central works by the »middle Beethoven«. The two Sonatas Op. 102, on the other hand, must be counted among the late mature works of the master, in which his compositional style was ahead of his time, leading to frequent irritation and rejection. On this »Cellomania« evening, the audience can enjoy five different cellists performing these five Beethoven Cello Sonatas, reflecting the development of the genre and Beethoven’s own times.

Andreas Brantelid, Violoncello
Lynn Harrell, Violoncello
Miklós Perényi, Violoncello
Kian Soltani, Violoncello
Alisa Weilerstein, Violoncello
Christian Ihle Hadland, Piano
Benjamin Perényi, Piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in F major Op. 5/1, No. 2 in G minor Op. 5/2, No. 3 in A major Op. 69, No. 4 in C major Op. 102/1, No. 5 in D major Op. 102/2
Gregory Porter

Sun 20 May

Gregory Porter and Band & Kaiser Quartet

Gregory Porter, who wears a signature balaclava and flat cap as his trademark and calls Nat King Cole, Leon Thomas and…

Gregory Porter and Band & Kaiser Quartet

Gregory Porter, who wears a signature balaclava and flat cap as his trademark and calls Nat King Cole, Leon Thomas and Nina Simone his role models, is one of the greatest jazz and soul singers of our times – one of Al Jarreau’s »heirs«. Several of his recordings, which have received one »Grammy« Award and several nominations, reflect the dark chapters of Afro-American history. Together with his band and the Kaiser Quartet, four string players with pop and musical experience, the California-based musician builds a bridge with classical music during this matinee at theSemperoper. The string quartet – which has worked with Chilly Gonzales, among many other musicians – lends Porter’s songs a color all its own.

Gregory Porter and Band
Kaiser Quartet

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 55 / 45 / 30 / 20 / 10 / 8 / 75 EUR
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Dresdner Kreuzchor

Sun 20 May

Serenade on the Green

»Wo man singt, da lass dich ruhig nieder.« (»Where there is singing, there stay a while.«) This quote attributed to…

Serenade on the Green

»Wo man singt, da lass dich ruhig nieder.« (»Where there is singing, there stay a while.«) This quote attributed to Johann Gottfried Seume seems perfectly suited to the serenade by the Kreuzchor, as Pillnitz Castle on the bank of the River Elbe, an extraordinary combination of architecture and horticulture, invites audiences in the merry month of May to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon under a blue sky, listening to the pure, bell-like voices of the Kreuzchor choristers. The famous choir will offer a colorful and diverse musical bouquet during its traditional afternoon concert, traversing musical centuries with ease.

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile, Conductor

 

In case of rain, the performance takes place at 3:30 pm at the Weinbergkirche (Bergweg 3)

 

 

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • 15 EUR
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Cellomania

Sun 20 May

CELLOMANIA:

Master Class Concert

What would a »Cellomania« festival be without master classes? David Geringas, Natalia Gutmann, Frans Helmerson, Ralph…

CELLOMANIA:

Master Class Concert

What would a »Cellomania« festival be without master classes? David Geringas, Natalia Gutmann, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum and Ivan Monighetti, five of the most renowned cellists and teachers of our times, will pass on their cello knowhow to young students from May 17 to 19 at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum. In keeping with the Museum’s mission of offering a public forum for science, culture and society, the courses will also be open to interested members of the public. Listeners are welcome! The musical results will be presented by selected students during the final concert of the master classes in the special atmosphere of the Fürstengalerie at Dresden’s Residenzschloss.

Participants of the Master Classes

The program and the individual sessions of the master classes will be announced soon.

 

In cooperation with Dresden’s State Art Collections, your concert ticket also entitles you to free admission to the newly-opened Renaissance Wing (Residenzschloss, 1st floor) during the special opening hours from 6:30 pm to 8 pm and to the guided tour on the subject of »The Dresden Court – Power and Fashion reflected by the Renaissance« (in German, 7 pm, meet at the model of the castle at the Sophienstraße entrance).

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Fürstengalerie)
  • 30 EUR
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Nicola Benedetti

Sun 20 May

Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Oundjian – Benedetti

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, one of Europe’s outstanding orchestras, offers quite an extraordinary program:…

Royal Scottish National Orchestra – Oundjian – Benedetti

The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, one of Europe’s outstanding orchestras, offers quite an extraordinary program: Britten’s »Four Sea Interludes«, originally conceived as orchestral interludes for the opera »Peter Grimes«, the Fourth Symphony, which Brahms composed during two summer vacations in Mürzzuschlag in Styria, and Bernstein’s Serenade, composed after reading Plato’s »Symposium« for a highly unusual combination of instruments – a reminiscence for Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. Nicola Benedetti, whose ancestry is half-Scottish, is one of the most popular violinists in Great Britain.

Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Peter Oundjian, Conductor
Nicola Benedetti, Violin

  • Benjamin Britten: »Four Sea Interludes« from the Opera »Peter Grimes«
  • Leonard Bernstein: Serenade after Plato’s »Symposium« for Solo Violin, Strings, Harp and Percussion
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Thomas Zehetmair

Mon 21 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra– Bolton – Zehetmair

The concert of the Dresden Music Festival’s own ensemble, which is committed to historical performance practice, and…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra– Bolton – Zehetmair

The concert of the Dresden Music Festival’s own ensemble, which is committed to historical performance practice, and its chief conductor Ivor Bolton, is dedicated entirely to Johannes Brahms, one of the greatest composers of the romantic era. The program features the Haydn Variations, which the composer himself laconically called an »orchestral exercise«, and the light-filled Second Symphony, which he wrote in a relatively short period of time – having spent more than twenty years on his first symphony! The centerpiece is the opulent Violin Concerto in D major, for which the orchestra is joined by the renowned violinist Thomas Zehetmair, who will interpret the work on gut strings. An inspiring musical liaison!

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair, Violin

  • Johannes Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn in B flat major Op. 56a
  • Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 77
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73
10.15 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (OPERNKELLER)
  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 / 10 / 8 EUR
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Szenenfoto»Candide«

Mon 21 May

»Candide«

Leonard Bernstein‘s »Candide« is based on Voltaire’s novel of the same title, and director Winfried Schneider invites…

»Candide«

Leonard Bernstein‘s »Candide« is based on Voltaire’s novel of the same title, and director Winfried Schneider invites the audience to the wonderful new venue of the State Operetta, there to join the hero on his ludicrous journey around the world. In his piece, first performed in 1956, Bernstein combines elements of revue, opera, musical and operetta in a new form of American musical theater. Along with »West Side Story«, »Candide« is one of the most frequently performed works by the great American composer. He and his co-authors cleverly use the figure of Voltaire, who leads the listener through the action with ironic comments, building a bridge between the action on stage and the audience.

Orchestra and Ensemble of the Staatsoperette Dresden
Andreas Schüller, Music Director
Winfried Schneider, Stage Director and Choreographer
Soloists (The exact cast will be announced at a later date.)

  • Leonard Bernstein »Candide«

 

In cooperation with the Staatsoperette Dresden  

 

 

  • 18:00
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
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Mon 21 May

CELLOMANIA:

Long Night of the Cello

»Great things come from collaboration!« The »Long Night of the Cello« is the crowning finale of the Dresden Music…

CELLOMANIA:

Long Night of the Cello

»Great things come from collaboration!« The »Long Night of the Cello« is the crowning finale of the Dresden Music Festival’s »Cellomania« festival. The summit meeting of 17 outstanding cello-playing individualists – world stars as well as rising young soloists – features the most beautiful cello works in the literature for solo and chamber music, and especially for cello ensemble. Musical fireworks and a feast for all those who love the wonderfully sonorous sound of this low-pitched string instrument and look forward to personally experiencing 17 world-class cellists up close in musical diversity!

Andreas Brantelid, Pablo Ferrández, Alban Gerhardt, David Geringas, Narek Hakhnazaryan, Marie-Elisabeth Hecker, Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirshbaum, Harriet Krijgh, Mischa Maisky, Ivan Monighetti, Miklós Perényi, Christian Poltéra, Kian Soltani, Jan Vogler, Alisa Weilerstein, Pieter Wispelwey, Violoncello

 

 

L'Arpeggiata

Tue 22 May

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

L'Arpeggiata – Pluhar – Scheen – Sabadus – Trovesi

After their overwhelming success in 2012, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata return to the Dresden Music…

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

L'Arpeggiata – Pluhar – Scheen – Sabadus – Trovesi

After their overwhelming success in 2012, Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L’Arpeggiata return to the Dresden Music Festival to create further magical musical moments, this time at the Kulturpalast. Under the telling title »Handel goes wild«, a program awaits that combines early music and jazz in a resounding total work of art. Soprano Céline Scheen and countertenor Valer Sabadus lend the works by Handel and Vivaldi their voices. The well-known Italian jazz clarinetist Gianluigi Trovesi will be mainly responsible for jazz improvisation. Thus, baroque sounds merge with elements of jazz and improvisation. A feast for the senses!

L’Arpeggiata
Christina Pluhar, Theorbo and Direction
Céline Scheen, Soprano
Valer Sabadus, Counter Tenor
Gianluigi Trovesi, Clarinet
et. al.  

»Handel goes wild«
  • Works by Georg Friedrich Händel und Antonio Vivaldi
»EXPERIENCE«: Meet and Greet after the concert at the Festival Lounge; please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 65 / 50 / 40 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Igudesmann & Joo

Tue 22 May

Aleksey Igudesman & Hyung-ki Joo

Music meets comedy: the Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman and the British-Korean pianist Hyung-ki Joo are an…

Aleksey Igudesman & Hyung-ki Joo

Music meets comedy: the Russian violinist Aleksey Igudesman and the British-Korean pianist Hyung-ki Joo are an irresistibly funny musical comedy duo whose performances have earned raucous laughter all over the world. Their trademark is musical virtuosity paired with wonderfully humorous numbers which take aim at classical music and its rituals, always with a wink and a nudge. A spectacular new performance venue offers an ideal framework for this musical comedy: the Dresden Staatsoperette at Kraftwerk Mitte. The program »And now Mozart« unites classical and pop culture and promises a highly entertaining evening. Laughter is guaranteed!

Aleksey Igudesman, Violin
Hyung-ki Joo, Piano

  • »And now Mozart«
  • 20:00
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
  • 55 / 45 / 35 / 25 / 15 / 25 EUR
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Tan Dun

Wed 23 May

Munich Philharmonic – Prague Philharmonic Choir – Tan Dun

Born in China and living in New York, Tan Dun is one of the great composers of our time and has also achieved world…

Munich Philharmonic – Prague Philharmonic Choir – Tan Dun

Born in China and living in New York, Tan Dun is one of the great composers of our time and has also achieved world fame with his film scores. At the Festival, a spectacular new commissioned work, his »Buddha Passion« for chorus and orchestra, will have its world premiere, to be followed by performances by the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Tan Dun was inspired by murals found in grottos and caves along the Silk Road. It will be fascinating to see how he transforms the stories of these murals into music – a musical highlight for all the senses!

Munich Philharmonic
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Tan Dun, Conductor

  • Tan Dun: »Buddha Passion«  for Chorus and Orchestra (World Premiere)
»EXPERIENCE«: Attend a rehearsal at the Kulturpalast; please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Jean Rondeau

Thu 24 May

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

Barocklounge: Jean Rondeau & Friends

The Baroque Lounge stands for sparkling entertainment on the highest musical level in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. How…

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

Barocklounge: Jean Rondeau & Friends

The Baroque Lounge stands for sparkling entertainment on the highest musical level in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. How close the music of baroque is to jazz and improvisation is demonstrated by the evening with the young harpsichordist Jean Rondeau and his musical friends. The Frenchman, equally at home in baroque music and jazz, has won a faithful audience as an improviser and composer – optimal conditions for a very special concert evening. And where could these musical ingredients mix and mingle more easily in one laid-back, atmosphere-rich evening than at Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke!

Jean Rondeau, Harpsichord and Piano
N.N., Double Bass
N.N., Percussion

  • Works by Domenico Scarlatti and others, as well as improvisation

Jean Rondeau [Cembalo and Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • 35 EUR
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Fri 25 May

Budapest Festival Orchestra – Fischer – Karg – Kulman

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to welcome the Budapest Festival Orchestra, recently voted one of the top 10…

Budapest Festival Orchestra – Fischer – Karg – Kulman

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to welcome the Budapest Festival Orchestra, recently voted one of the top 10 orchestras in the world by the magazine »Gramophone«, and its charismatic conductor Iván Fischer to Dresden. Together, they stand for groundbreaking interpretations of the romantic Central-European repertoire. Budapest was the very place where Gustav Mahler became Director of the Royal Hungarian Opera in 1888, the same year he began writing his large-scale Second Symphony. Given the many demands of his new position, he only completed it in 1894. In the last movement, Mahler set Klopstock’s poem »Auferstehung« to music for soprano and alto solos and chorus, embedding them in his overwhelming finale.

Budapest Festival Orchestra
Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno
Iván Fischer, Conductor
Christiane Karg, Soprano
Elisabeth Kulman, Mezzo-Soprano

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 in C minor »Resurrection Symphony«
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (CULTURE PALACE, EVENT SPACE OF THE ZENTRALBIBLIOTHEK, 1st FLOOR ON THE RIGHT)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Flying Steps

Sat 26 May

Flying Steps

The Flying Steps play to a multi-generational audience in sold-out houses all over Europe: break dance meets classical…

Flying Steps

The Flying Steps play to a multi-generational audience in sold-out houses all over Europe: break dance meets classical music. Through this presentation, the Dresden Music Festival once again expands its outlook. With their program »Red Bull Flying Bach«, the four-time break dance world champions and their director Christoph Hagel first proved in 2010 how well Bach and the dance form of the Hip-Hop movement harmonize. A unique and innovative visualization of Bach’s »Well-Tempered Clavier«, the extraordinary performance blurs the boundaries between high and youth culture – for which it received a Special »ECHO Classic Award«.

Flying Steps  

  • »Red Bull Flying Bach«
»EXPERIENCE«: Conversation and rehearsal visit at the Kulturpalast (at 3:30 pm); please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

Flying Steps

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Dresdner Barockorchester

Sat 26 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Musical treasures from the legendary »Closet No. II«, the private estate of Johann Georg Pisendel – erstwhile…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Musical treasures from the legendary »Closet No. II«, the private estate of Johann Georg Pisendel – erstwhile concertmaster of the Dresden Court Orchestra and composer – will be performed by the Dresden Baroque Orchestra. The famous collection contains more than 200 musical legacies, offering a rich source of baroque works. The ensemble also dedicates itself to those names found in none of the musical encyclopedias, uniting composers such as Georg Philipp Telemann and Antonio Vivaldi with Boste and Pickel, composers of whom not even their first names have come down to us. An intriguing journey of discovery into the midst of the pulsating 18th century.

Dresden Baroque Orchestra

»Between Fame and Oblivion – Works from Closet No. II«
  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Conclusion for Orchestra in E minor TWV.50:5
  • Ernst August Hassmann: Concerto in G minor for Violin, Oboe and Orchestra
  • Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C minor for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo RV 202
  • Pickel: Allegro in G major for Strings and Basso continuo
  • Boste: Suite in E minor for 2 Oboes, Strings and Basso continuo
  • Johann David Heinichen:  Concerto in D major for Violin, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Theorbo, Strings and Basso continuo

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Dresdner Barockorchester

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 28 / 23 / 17 EUR
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SIGNUM4Kids

Sun 27 May

Children's Concert: SIGNUM4Kids

The SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet gives young concertgoers a chance to discover and get to know the saxophone. The four…

Children's Concert: SIGNUM4Kids

The SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet gives young concertgoers a chance to discover and get to know the saxophone. The four members of the rising young ensemble aim not only to introduce »their« instrument, its sound and possibilities, but also demonstrate how collaboration works between the members of a quartet. SIGNUM4KIDS is designed to stimulate imagination and arouse enthusiasm for the saxophone and of course for music. The infectious joy the musicians take in playing carries an additional message that resounds outside the musical world as well: »Together, we are strong!«

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet:
Blaž Kemperle, Soprano Saxophone
Erik Nestler, Alto Saxophone
Alan Luzar, Tenor Saxophone
Guerino Bellarosa, Baritone Saxophone

For children aged 6 and upwards  

 

In cooperation with the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

  • 11:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 10 EUR
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Sun 27 May

Quartet of Critics

Brahms’ Third Symphony, written when the composer was 50 years old, hardly appears in his letters and compositional…

Quartet of Critics

Brahms’ Third Symphony, written when the composer was 50 years old, hardly appears in his letters and compositional sketches. The only thing we know for certain is when it was completed: during his summer vacation in 1883 in Wiesbaden. More than enough reason for our quartet of music critics to examine the work, about which Dvořák once wrote: »It is pure love, and the heart overflows hearing it.« This knowledgeable quartet of renowned music journalists and jurors of the »German Record Critics’ Award« meets for its fifth panel discussion at the Dresden Music Festival. The audience may look forward to an inspiring exploration of the composition and its interpretations – a perfect prelude to the subsequent concert at the Kulturpalast with the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, which features the bright and joyful symphony.

Eleonore Büning, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Wolfgang Schreiber, Süddeutsche Zeitung
Albrecht Thiemann, Opernwelt
Christian Wildhagen, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

  • Discussion about Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F Major Op. 90
Please register by emailing  hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
see concert Orchestre des Champs-Élysées – Herreweghe – Lonquich

 

In cooperation with the »German Record Critics‘ Award«

  • 18:00
  • Kulturpalast (Event space of the Central Library)
  • Admission free (Please register in advance)
free entrance
Joyce DiDonato

Sun 27 May

Panel Discussion: »In War & Peace«

Dresden’s Frauenkirche stands as a seminal symbol of peace and reconciliation. Its history is an admonition for peace…

Panel Discussion: »In War & Peace«

Dresden’s Frauenkirche stands as a seminal symbol of peace and reconciliation. Its history is an admonition for peace in this world. The Dresden Music Festival considers itself an ambassador for coexistence and cooperation, harnessing the power of music to enable people from all over the world to meet and connect. Together with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden, the Festival hosts a discussion with the world-famous mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and guests on the evening before the exceptional singer’s performance. A lively discussion on the theme of her concert, »In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music«, awaits the audience, with answers to questions such as: does art provide a path towards peace and harmony?

Joyce DiDonato and Guests

  • In conversation: »Thoughts of Peace«
»EXPERIENCE«: Please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
see concert Joyce DiDonate & Il Pomo D'Oro

 

In cooperation with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden

Joyce DiDonato [Mezzo Soprano]

  • 19:30
  • Frauenkirche
  • Admission free (Please register in advance)
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SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

Sun 27 May

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

Kindly supported by the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen While a string quartet is a very normal occurrence at a…

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

Kindly supported by the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

While a string quartet is a very normal occurrence at a classical music festival, a saxophone quartet is still a rarity on the concert podium. Inspired by the very genre of the string quartet, the four members of the SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet founded their ensemble in 2006 and have enjoyed great success at home and abroad. When the musicians arrange classical works for their instrument, these appear in a whole new light. At its Dresden Music Festival appearance, the quartet demonstrates the full range of its abilities and the versatile saxophone sound, building a programmatic bridge from Haydn via Bernstein to Chick Corea.

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet:
Blaž Kemperle, Soprano Saxophone
Erik Nestler, Alto Saxophone
Alan Luzar, Tenor Saxophone
Guerino Bellarosa, Baritone Saxophone

  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in B minor Op. 33 (»Russian Quartets«) No. 1
  • Alexander Glasunow: Saxophone Quartet in B flat major Op. 109
  • Leonard Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from »West Side Story«
  • Astor Piazzolla: »Four for Tango«
  • Chick Corea: »Spain«

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

SIGNUM Saxophone Quartet

  • 20:00
  • Hauptverwaltung der Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen
  • 35 EUR
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Philippe Herreweghe

Sun 27 May

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées – Herreweghe – Lonquich

Not three hundred meters from the concert venue stands the Hotel de Saxe, where Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Piano…

Reihe ORIGINALKLANG

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées – Herreweghe – Lonquich

Not three hundred meters from the concert venue stands the Hotel de Saxe, where Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra was first performed in 1845 – one of the most well-known compositions from his Dresden period. Here, the work is rendered by some of the essential protagonists of historically informed performance practice – the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées, the oldest French ensemble playing on original instruments, which enjoys an outstanding international reputation, and its famous Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe, as well as Alexander Lonquich, a pianist known for his enormous musical sensitivity. Together they will perform the evening’s works as they may originally have sounded – all the way to the grand piano, which dates back to Robert and Clara Schumann’s time.

Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Philippe Herreweghe, Conductor
Alexander Lonquich, Piano

  • Robert Schumann:Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op. 54
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90
6 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH THE QUARTET OF CRITICS
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Joyce DiDonato

Mon 28 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Joyce Di Donato & Il Pomo D'Oro

Performances by the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the Italian baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro enjoy cult…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Joyce Di Donato & Il Pomo D'Oro

Performances by the American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato and the Italian baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro enjoy cult status today. The exceptional singer is famed for her stage presence and musical expressivity, and concertgoers can convince themselves of the truth of this reputation on an evening with the thematic motto »In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music«, uniting works of the 17th and 18th century. Here, art acts as an ambassador for humanistic values – a fact confirmed by a glance at the program: traversing the range from war to peace, joy to grief, while in hope of harmonic coexistence among people.

Il Pomo d’Oro
Maxim Emelyanychev,Harpsichord and Conductor
Joyce DiDonato, Mezzo-Soprano
Manuel Palazzo, Choreography and Dance
Ralf Pleger, Concept and Director
Henning Blum, Lighting Design
Yousef Iskandar, Video Design
Vivienne Westwood, Costumes 

»In War & Peace – Harmony Through Music«
  • Arias by George Frideric Handel, Niccolò Jommelli, Leonardo Leo, Claudio Monteverdi and Henry Purcell
See also the public conversation with Joyce DiDonato on May 27 at the undercroft of the Frauenkirche
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Voces8

Tue 29 May

Voces8

The eight singers of the British a-cappella ensemble Voces8 have sung themselves to the top of the vocal world with…

Voces8

The eight singers of the British a-cappella ensemble Voces8 have sung themselves to the top of the vocal world with their versatile programs and their unconventional concert appearances. Their exceptionally broad repertoire ranges from early polyphonic compositions to jazz and pop arrangements. This very richness in musical facets is sure to win over the audience at their Dresden Music Festival debut, when the formation interprets works including sacred baroque music, but also arrangements of pop songs. The secret is all in the mix!

Voces8:
Andrea Halsey, Eleonore Cockerham, Soprano
Chris Wardle, Barnaby Smith, Countertenor
Blake Morgan, Sam Dressel, Tenor
Rob Clark, Bariton
Jonathan Pacey, Bass

  • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Irving Berlin, Benjamin Britten, William Byrd, Duke Ellington, Simon and Garfunkel, Charles Villiers Stanford, Van Morrison u. a.

 

In cooperation with Dresden’s State Art Collections, your concert ticket also entitles you to free admission to the newly-opened Renaissance Wing (Residenzschloss, 1st floor) during the special opening hours from 6:30 pm to 8 pm and to the guided tour on the subject of »The Dresden Court – Power and Fashion reflected by the Renaissance« (in German, 7 pm, meet at the model of the castle at the Sophienstraße entrance).

Voces8

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)
  • 45 / 35 EUR
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Klaus Maria Brandauer

Wed 30 May

Brandauer – GrauSchumacher Piano Duo: »A Midsummer Night's Dream«

Shakespeare’s fantastic »Midsummer Night’s Dream« as a one-man show – only one man would dare contemplate such a feat:…

Brandauer – GrauSchumacher Piano Duo: »A Midsummer Night's Dream«

Shakespeare’s fantastic »Midsummer Night’s Dream« as a one-man show – only one man would dare contemplate such a feat: the legendary actor Klaus Maria Brandauer. This sparkling comedy is about the course of love that never did run smooth – and Brandauer embodies them all, in a breathtaking virtuoso performance: the inhabitants of the magical forest as well as the lovelorn and love-sick humans. The actor is accompanied ingeniously by the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, which crowns the male and female antics of the play with Mendelssohn’s settings of the story. »We are such stuff as dreams are made on,« writes Shakespeare – a truly dreamy cast awaits our audience!

Klaus Maria Brandauer, Recitation

GrauSchumacher Piano Duo:
Andreas Grau, Piano
Götz Schumacher, Piano

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: »A Midsummer Night’s Dream« Op. 21 and Op. 61
  • 20:00
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
  • 65 / 50 / 40 / 30 / 20 / 30 EUR
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Martin Stadtfeld

Thu 31 May

Piano Recital Martin Stadtfeld

From Dietrich Buxtehude to Stefan Heucke, whose Second Piano Sonata was premiered in 2016, today’s program takes he…

Piano Recital Martin Stadtfeld

From Dietrich Buxtehude to Stefan Heucke, whose Second Piano Sonata was premiered in 2016, today’s program takes he audience through four centuries of diversity. Martin Stadtfeld came to fame not least because of his unconventional Bach interpretations. Last year, he released a new album of études by Frédéric Chopin, which – in Stadtfeld’s view – reflect much of Bach’s music. The master of intimacy often achieves such a state of contemplative immersion that the audience itself becomes part of the interpretation. In any case, an extraordinary evening at the beautiful Palais im Großen Garten awaits!

Martin Stadtfeld, Piano

  • Dietrich Buxtehude: Passacaglia in D minor BuxWV 161
  • Frédéric Chopin: Berceuse in D flat major Op. 57
  • Stefan Heucke: Piano Sonata No. 2 Op. 79 »Nun danket alle Gott« (based on the Bach Chorale of the same title)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach:  Aria with various Variations as well as different Canons on the First Eight Bass Notes of the Previous Aria (arr. Martin Stadtfeld)

Martin Stadtfeld Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Hofesh Shechter Company

Fri 01 Jun

Hofesh Shechter Company

For his latest production, the London-based Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who also trained as a percussionist,…

Hofesh Shechter Company

For his latest production, the London-based Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who also trained as a percussionist, once again designed his own soundscape. His works resemble explosions, thundering across the stage with primal energy, stomping in evocative rituals and fragmenting in rough cuts. »Grand Finale« shows the world in free fall, humanity eddying towards its end in surreal scenes and emotions. Shechter creates a mythical, elementary vision which manages to be comical, dark and beautiful, all at once. The Hofesh Shechter Company is one of the world’s leading dance companies. Founded in 2008, it has been acclaimed around the globe for its radical, modern performances.

Hofesh Shechter Company
Hofesh Shechter, Music and Choreography
Tom Scutt, Set and Costume Design
Tom Visser, Lighting Design
Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler, Music 

  • »Grand Finale«
»EXPERIENCE«: Dance workshop at the Festspielhaus Hellerau on June 2 at 11 am; please register by hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

 

A cooperation of the Dresden Music Festival with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

 

 

Hofesh Shechter Company

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
  • 40 / 25 EUR
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Sir Bryn Terfel

Fri 01 Jun

Malmö Symphony Orchestra – Soustrot – Koch – Groves – Terfel

The mystical tale of Faust that Goethe turned into a play made a lasting impression on Hector Berlioz as well,…

Malmö Symphony Orchestra – Soustrot – Koch – Groves – Terfel

The mystical tale of Faust that Goethe turned into a play made a lasting impression on Hector Berlioz as well, resulting in the dramatic legend »La Damnation de Faust«. The work has found a fixed place in the repertoire today and is often performed in concert, a fact due not least to its musical form, which falls somewhere between oratorio, number opera and symphonic poem. At the Dresden Music Festival, the fascinating composition will be performed by a fantastic and unique cast of singers, joined by an expert on French opera, the conductor Marc Soustrot. A highlight (not only) for opera fans!

Malmö SymfoniOrkester
MDR Rundfunkchor
Marc Soustrot, Conductor
Sophie Koch, Mezzo-Soprano (Marguerite)
Paul Groves, Tenor (Faust)
Sir Bryn Terfel, Bass-Bariton (Mephistopheles)
Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Bariton (Brander)

  • Hector Berlioz: »La Damnation de Faust« op. 24 (concert performance)
7:15 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (OPERNKELLER)
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Freunde

Fri 01 Jun

Berlin Concert: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

This extraordinary evening reflecting music and literature was developed last season in cooperation with the Festival’s…

Berlin Concert: Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

This extraordinary evening reflecting music and literature was developed last season in cooperation with the Festival’s premium partner Volkswagen AG, transporting the audience to new worlds. After the brilliant and acclaimed premiere in Wolfsburg and the celebrated performance at last year’s Dresden Music Festival, Hollywood legend Bill Murray, Jan Vogler, Mira Wang and Vanessa Perez reunite this year at Berlin’s Philharmonie. The program offers a grand tour of great American literature. Texts by authors ranging from Hemingway to Mark Twain are juxtaposed with works by Piazzolla, Bernstein and Gershwin, among others. Narrating and singing, Bill Murray dives into the big and small stories of life with his very own charm. Get ready for an extraordinary evening!

Bill Murray, Recitation and Vocals
Mira Wang, Violin
Jan Vogler, Violoncello
Vanessa Perez, Piano 

»New Worlds«
  • Featuring texts by Ernest Hemingway, Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and others as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach, George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Astor Piazzolla et al.
  • 20:00
  • Berliner Philharmonie
  • 95 / 80 / 65 / 50 / 35 / 25 / 15 / 8 EUR
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Hofesh Shechter Company

Sat 02 Jun

Hofesh Shechter Company

For his latest production, the London-based Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who also trained as a percussionist,…

Hofesh Shechter Company

For his latest production, the London-based Israeli choreographer Hofesh Shechter, who also trained as a percussionist, once again designed his own soundscape. His works resemble explosions, thundering across the stage with primal energy, stomping in evocative rituals and fragmenting in rough cuts. »Grand Finale« shows the world in free fall, humanity eddying towards its end in surreal scenes and emotions. Shechter creates a mythical, elementary vision which manages to be comical, dark and beautiful, all at once. The Hofesh Shechter Company is one of the world’s leading dance companies. Founded in 2008, it has been acclaimed around the globe for its radical, modern performances.

Hofesh Shechter Company
Hofesh Shechter, Music and Choreography
Tom Scutt, Set and Costume Design
Tom Visser, Lighting Design
Nell Catchpole, Yaron Engler, Music  

  • »Grand Finale«
»EXPERIENCE«: Dance workshop at the Festspielhaus Hellerau on June 2 at 11 am; please register by  hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

 

A cooperation of the Dresden Music Festival with HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

 

 

Hofesh Shechter Company

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
  • 40 / 25 EUR
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Brooklyn Rider

Sat 02 Jun

Brooklyn Rider

The four musicians of the string Quartet Brooklyn Rider from New York – who are part of Yo-Yo Ma’s famous Silk Road…

Brooklyn Rider

The four musicians of the string Quartet Brooklyn Rider from New York – who are part of Yo-Yo Ma’s famous Silk Road Ensemble – are known for unconventional and passionate music-making, combining classics of quartet literature with contemporary compositions, some of them their own. This impressive programmatic and stylistic versatility reflects the musical explorations of a younger generation of instrumentalists who are interested in new forms and colors. When Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 11 is juxtaposed with works by Colin Jacobsen, a member of Brooklyn Rider, or Kayhan Kalhor, and the string sounds are flanked by percussion, the result is a resounding, intriguing chamber music evening.

Brooklyn Rider:
Johnny Gandelsman, Violin
Colin Jacobsen, Violin
Nicholas Cords, Viola
Michael Nicolas, Violoncello

Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh
Mathias Kunzli, Percussion

  • Colin Jacobsen: »A Mirror for a Prince«, »Beloved, Do not Let Me be Discouraged«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95
  • Improvisations on Persian Folk Tunes for Kamancheh solo
  • Kayhan Kalhor: »Silent City« (arranged by Ljova)

In cooperation with the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 45 / 35 EUR
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ensemble Frauenkirche

Sat 02 Jun

Ensemble Frauenkirche & Matthias Grünert

Mozart had just turned eighteen when he wrote his Symphony in A major. The work, however, was hardly a tryout piece –…

Ensemble Frauenkirche & Matthias Grünert

Mozart had just turned eighteen when he wrote his Symphony in A major. The work, however, was hardly a tryout piece – instead, it found its way into his catalogue of works as No. 29, marking a first high point in his symphonic output. More than a decade later, the composer traveled from Vienna to Dresden via Prague, meeting not only the family of the Elector of Saxony, but also all the protagonists of the music scene in Dresden, including the Court Conductor Johann Gottlieb Naumann. The concert by the ensemble frauenkirche traces this very encounter, combining Mozart’s symphony with works by composers active at the Dresden court. Thus, the evening promises a resounding journey reflecting Dresden’s musical history.

ensemble frauenkirche
Matthias Grünert, Conductor  

»Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Reflected in Dresden’s Musical History«
  • Works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Gottlieb Naumann, Franz Anton Schubert und Joseph Schuster

 

In cooperation with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 46 / 36 / 26 / 14 EUR
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Dresdner Philharmonie

Sun 03 Jun

Dresden Philharmonic & Michael Sanderling

Upon his death, Gustav Mahler left voluminous sketches for a large symphony in five movements. However, only the first…

Dresden Philharmonic & Michael Sanderling

Upon his death, Gustav Mahler left voluminous sketches for a large symphony in five movements. However, only the first movement was ready to be performed – a monumental Adagio evoking the spiritual world of Anton Bruckner, but bearing first intimations of the Second Viennese School of Arnold Schoenberg. The dissonant sound clusters seem like a premonition of World War I. George Alexander Albrecht, known mainly as a conductor, has also become an impressively prolific composer during recent years. His »Requiem for Syria«, commissioned by the Dresden Philharmonic and performed for the first time on this evening, is a grand confessional work, lending a moving artistic voice to current political statements.

Dresden Philharmonic
Philharmonic Choir Dresden
Michael Sanderling, Conductor
Susanne Bernhard, Soprano
Bettina Rauch, Alto
Daniel Behle, Tenor
Thomas Stimmel, Baritone  

»Requiem for Syria«
  • Gustav Mahler: First Movement (Adagio) from the Unfinished Symphony No. 10
  • George Alexander Albrecht:  »Requiem for Syria«, commissioned by the Dresden Philharmonic (World Premiere)

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

Dresdner Kreuzchor

Sun 03 Jun

Dresden Kreuzchor & Vienna Boy's Choir

The »Chichester Psalms« are a three-part choral work by Leonard Bernstein, who was born 100 years ago, setting texts of…

Dresden Kreuzchor & Vienna Boy's Choir

The »Chichester Psalms« are a three-part choral work by Leonard Bernstein, who was born 100 years ago, setting texts of Hebrew psalms. Especially the work’s introduction and first movement are famous (or perhaps infamous) among singers and musicians for their musical difficulty. Together with Schubert’s brilliant Mass in E flat major – his longest and most voluminous – the work is sure to be in good hands with Dresden’s own Kreuzchor and the Vienna Boys’ Choir, given that the two traditional boys’ choirs are among the best of their kind in the world. Their joint appearance at the Kreuzkirche tonight – even a-cappella in Barber’s »Adagio« – promises a very special experience, especially as they are joined by internationally renowned soloists and the Staatskapelle Halle.

Staatskapelle Halle
Dresden Kreuzchor
Vienna Boys‘ Choir
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile, Conductor
Miriam Clark, Soprano
Anke Vondung, Alto
Sebastian Kohlhepp, Tenor
Tobias Hunger, Tenor
Jóhann Kristinsson, Bass

  • Samuel Barber: »Adagio for Strings« arranged for a-cappella choir
  • Leonard Bernstein: »Chichester Psalms« for Mixed Choir, Boy Soprano and Orchestra
  • Franz Schubert:  Mass No. 6 in E flat major D 950
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE)
  • 20:00
  • Kreuzkirche
  • 65 / 50 / 35 / 20 / 10 EUR
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Tamás Pálfalvi

Sun 03 Jun

Trumpet Recital Tamás Pálfalvi

In his mid-twenties, the Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative and…

Trumpet Recital Tamás Pálfalvi

In his mid-twenties, the Hungarian Tamás Pálfalvi has made a name for himself as one of the most innovative and creative trumpet players of his generation. The winner of the »Fanny Mendelssohn Encouragement Award« in 2015 and »ECHO Rising Star« of the 2017/2018 season has won many fans »with his breath-taking, occasionally even acrobatic mastery of his craft« and his »original programmatic ideas« (MDR FIGARO, 2015). It is this very mixture that this young virtuoso presents at his recital amidst Radebeul’s vineyards, proving once again that Wackerbarth Castle is the musical meeting point for outstanding young talents during the Festival season.

Tamás Pálfalvi, Trumpet
Marcell Szabó, Piano

  • Eino Tamberg: Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra No. 1 Op. 42 (arr. Tamás Pálfalvi)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Prelude and Fugue for Piano in E flat minor Op. 87 No. 14
  • George Enescu: »Légende« for Trumpet and Piano
  • Pablo de Sarasate: »Gypsy Tunes« Op. 20 (arr.  Tamás Pálfalvi)
  • Béla Bartók: Two Romanian Dances Sz 43; and other works

 

Kindly supported by Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth   

Before the concert at 6 pm, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (39€). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Tamás Pálfalvi [Trumpet]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 35 EUR
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Janine Jansen

Mon 04 Jun

Janine Jansen & Elisabeth Leonskaja

The violinist Janine Jansen from the Netherlands is one of the celebrated musicians of our times, appearing all around…

Janine Jansen & Elisabeth Leonskaja

The violinist Janine Jansen from the Netherlands is one of the celebrated musicians of our times, appearing all around the world with the most renowned orchestras and conductors. The Dresden Music Festival is all the more delighted to welcome this exceptional artist to Dresden. The passionate chamber musician introduces herself to the Festival audience with an intimate chamber music program. Her duo partner is the great Russian-Georgian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, whose two appearances are highlights of this year’s Festival season. Featuring classical and romantic works, the program promises exceptional listening experiences.

Janine Jansen, Violin
Elisabeth Leonskaja, Piano

  • Robert Schumann: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in A minor Op. 105
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 4 in A minor Op. 23
  • Clara Schumann: Three Romances for Violin and Piano Op. 22
  • Ludwig van Beethoven:  Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 in C minor Op. 30/2
  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Hochspannungshalle

Tue 05 Jun

Sound & Science: »The Fascination of Singing «

The human voice is the most natural and direct musical instrument known to mankind. Yet how does the voice work? What…

Sound & Science: »The Fascination of Singing «

The human voice is the most natural and direct musical instrument known to mankind. Yet how does the voice work? What are the organic and functional prerequisites for professional voices and the extreme demands made upon them? These and other interesting questions are at the center of the event series »Sound & Science«, which focuses on the subject »The Fascination of Singing« this year. The experts speaking on the voice as reflected by science will be KS Prof. Olaf Bär, an internationally renowned singer and experienced vocal teacher, and Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Mürbe, a recognized phonetician and director of the Department of Phoniatrics and Audiology at the ENT Clinic of the University Clinics Carl Gustav Carus of Dresden’s Technical University.

KS Prof. Olaf Bär, Singer and Pedagogue
Prof. Dr. med. Dirk Mürbe, Phonetician and Audiologist
Emily Dorn, Soprano
Thomas Cadenbach, Piano 

»The Fascination of Singing – the Voice Reflected by Science «

 

Part of »SOUND & SCIENCE« – in cooperation with the TU Dresden

KS Olaf Bär [Singer and Pedagogue]

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden (High-Voltage Hall)
  • 20 EUR
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Johanna Wokalek

Tue 05 Jun

Johanna Wokalek

»Nana« is one of the most famous and scandalous paintings by Édouard Manet and its genesis closely interwoven with…

Johanna Wokalek

»Nana« is one of the most famous and scandalous paintings by Édouard Manet and its genesis closely interwoven with Émile Zola’s novel of the same title. Zola recounts the fate of the flower girl Nana, who tries to escape the social misery of her childhood home by entering the supposedly glamorous world of high-class prostitution. Johanna Wokalek, an ensemble member at Vienna’s Burgtheater, is one of the today’s leading German actresses – widely known for the film version of »Die Päpstin«, among others. Assembling texts and compositions from the era of the great Impressionists, she has developed a literary-musical evening featuring a congenial combination of reading, theater, exhibition and concert.

Johanna Wokalek, Recitation
N.N., Piano

»Nana« – A Literary and Musical Staging
  • Texts and scenes from Émile Zola’s »Nana« as well as piano works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Erik Satie et al.

 

In cooperation with the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

Johanna Wokalek [Recitation]

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 45 / 35 EUR
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Radu Lupu

Wed 06 Jun

Piano Recital Radu Lupu

Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D 784 marks a transition between his early classicistic style and his romantic…

Piano Recital Radu Lupu

Schubert’s Sonata in A minor D 784 marks a transition between his early classicistic style and his romantic masterpieces. The collection of »Moments musicaux« was published in 1828, the last year of the composer’s life, but some of its pieces date back to the early 1820s. Schumann was inspired to choose the name »Kreisleriana« by E. T. A. Hoffmann’s figure of Kapellmeister Kreisler, whom he considered the epitome of the romantic artist. In the composer’s own opinion, the resulting cycle represented the best of his piano compositions. The program of this evening could not have been tailored more exactly to the evening’s soloist, Radu Lupu, one of the greatest pianists of our time – a legend of his instrument in his own lifetime.

Radu Lupu, Piano

Please note change of program! Schumann's »Kreisleriana« is replaced by Schubert's Sonata in A major D 959.
  • Franz Schubert: »Moments musicaux« D 780
  • Franz Schubert: Sonata in A minor D 784
  • Franz Schubert: Sonata in A major D 959

Radu Lup [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 65 / 50 / 40 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Ian Bostridge

Thu 07 Jun

Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake

The renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge returns to the Dresden Music Festival with Schubert’s »Winterreise«, one of…

Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake

The renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge returns to the Dresden Music Festival with Schubert’s »Winterreise«, one of the composer’s most impressive, but also mysterious compositions. The cycle of 24 songs has kept the singer busy for almost 30 years – on stage, but also off, as he has written a fascinating book on the subject. Its publisher advertises the book as follows: »Ian Bostridge, a world-class musician, explains […] not only the context and effect of the 24 songs. He also manages to convey the timeless magical energy which transforms Schubert’s wanderer into a reflection of our own soul.« Without doubt, the artist is perfectly cast for an exploration of these soulful sound worlds.

Ian Bostridge, Tenor
Julius Drake, Piano

  • Franz Schubert: »Winterreise« D 911
»EXPERIENCE«: After the concert, Marek Kalina and Ian Bostridge will discuss his book »Schubert‘s Winter Journey. Anatomy of an Obsession«

 

Part of the series »Lied in Dresden«

 

 

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Lawrence Power

Thu 07 Jun

Lawrence Power & Antti Siirala

Born in 1977, the British instrumentalist Lawrence Power studied in London and New York, having switched from violin to…

Lawrence Power & Antti Siirala

Born in 1977, the British instrumentalist Lawrence Power studied in London and New York, having switched from violin to viola. Today he is one of the world’s leading violists and a sought-after soloist and chamber musician. His partner is the Finnish pianist Antti Siirala. Born in Helsinki in 1979 into a family of musicians, the pianist won international competitions early in his career and was soon performing with the world’s renowned orchestras on famous stages. Thus, he was Artist in Residence as part of the Konzerthaus Dortmund’s series «Young Wild Things«. The musicians’ joint program is a fascinating reflection of the multi-faceted, yet rarely performed repertoire for viola and piano from three centuries.

Lawrence Power, Viola
Antti Siirala, Piano

  • York Bowen: Phantasy for Viola and Piano op. 54
  • Robert Schumann: »Fairy Tale Pictures« for Piano and Viola Op. 113
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Suite from the Film Score for »The Gadfly« Op. 97a (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)
  • Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Viola and Piano No. 2 in E flat major Op. 120
  • Sergej Prokofjew:  Five Pieces from the Ballet »Romeo and Juliet« (arr. Vadim Borisovsky)

 

Kindly supported by the Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert at 6 pm, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (39€). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 35 EUR
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Dresden singt & musiziert

Fri 08 Jun

Dresden sings & makes music

»Dresden singt« bleibt »Dresden singt«, auch wenn es 2018 zum zweiten Mal – und diesmal an einem Freitag – wegen…

Dresden sings & makes music

»Dresden singt« bleibt »Dresden singt«, auch wenn es 2018 zum zweiten Mal – und diesmal an einem Freitag – wegen Baumaßnahmen nicht wie gewohnt an der Brühlschen Terrasse stattfindet, sondern, wie bereits in der vergangenen Saison, auf dem Neumarkt. Aber ist ein würdigerer Rahmen für das traditionsreiche Open-Air-Konzert mit Mitsingprogramm denkbar als zu Füßen der Frauenkirche? Begleitet werden die Chöre in diesem Jahr – auch das eigentlich schon eine Tradition – wieder von der Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen, deren Leitung Jörn Hinnerk Andresen übernimmt, seit Februar 2015 Chordirektor des Sächsischen Staatsopernchores Dresden. Einen musikalischen Auftakt gestaltet am Nachmittag das Orchester des Gymnasiums Dresden-Cotta, das bei der »Klingenden Stadt« 2017 den Publikumspreis gewonnen hat.

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
Dresdner Chöre und Chöre aus Dresdner Partnerstädten
Jörn Hinnerk Andresen, Dirigent

  • Open-Air-Konzert mit Mitsingprogramm
  • 18:30
  • Neumarkt
  • Free Admission
free entrance
Frauenkirche

Fri 08 Jun

European Culture Award 2018

The musical motif for the 2018 »European Culture Award« fills this very special evening.  At Dresden’s Frauenkirche,…

European Culture Award 2018

The musical motif for the 2018 »European Culture Award« fills this very special evening.  At Dresden’s Frauenkirche, great artists such as the tenor Piotr Beczala, cellist Jan Vogler, actor Bruno Ganz and the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vasily Petrenko will perform. For more than 40 years, the orchestra has been a symbol for the cultural diversity of Europe and an ambassador for the European idea. The young musicians from 26 countries make music with boundless passion and on a world-class level. In recognition of this achievement, this evening they will receive the »European Culture Award«, along with other prize winners.

EUYO – The European Union Youth Orchestra
Vasily Petrenko, Conductor
Piotr Beczala, Tenor
Jan Vogler, Violoncello
Bruno Ganz, Recitation, u. a.

  • »Festivities at the Frauenkirche«
*Exclusive VIP Tickets with accompanying program can be booked directly with the presenter by emailing info@europaeischer-kulturpreis.de
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 63,50 / 31 EUR
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Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Fri 08 Jun

Sächsisches Vocalensemble: »St. John Passion«

During his Dresden years, chorales from the »St. John Passion« were regularly performed by the choral association…

Sächsisches Vocalensemble: »St. John Passion«

During his Dresden years, chorales from the »St. John Passion« were regularly performed by the choral association »Chorgesangsverein« founded by Robert Schumann. Having accepted the position of Music Director in Düsseldorf, he fulfilled his long-standing wish to perform the »St. John Passion« for the first time. Schumann’s friend Mendelssohn Bartholdy had started the modern movement of Bach performances. Like him, Schumann adapted elements of Bach’s musical idiom to his own time, creating an arrangement of the »St. John Passion« appropriate to the romantic sound ideals of the time. This arrangement is the focus of Matthias Jung, who conducts the Sächsisches Vocalensemble, the Mendelssohn Orchestra Leipzig and renowned soloists – an artistic dialogue between the centuries.

Mendelssohn Orchestra Leipzig
Sächsisches Vocalensemble
Matthias Jung, Conductor
Julia Sophie Wagner, Soprano
Marie Henriette Reinhold, Alto
Martin Hässler, Baritone
Andreas Post, Baritone
Henryk Böhm, Bass

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »St. John Passion« (as arranged by Robert Schumann in 1851)

 

In cooperation with the Sächsisches Vocalensemble Dresden.
The concert is part of the 9th Robert Schumann Award in 2018.

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Hélène Grimaud

Fri 08 Jun

Hélène Grimaud & Mat Hennek

In »Woodlands and Beyond …« Hélène Grimaud, who is invariably greeted by Dresden audiences with stormy applause,…

Hélène Grimaud & Mat Hennek

In »Woodlands and Beyond …« Hélène Grimaud, who is invariably greeted by Dresden audiences with stormy applause, presents her album »Water« in a piano recital lasting approximately one hour and featuring works by romantic and impressionist composers of the 19th and 20th century. The transitions between the works were created by the British-Indian composer Nitin Sawhney, whose music merges Asian sounds with influences from all over the world. The musical program is accompanied by an installation of photographs by Mat Hennek, which will be projected onto a large-format LED wall, creating an additional visual space behind the pianist. Their poetic and abstract quality adds another dimension in this confluence of art forms, resulting in an extraordinary atmosphere.

Hélène Grimaud, Piano
Mat Hennek, Foto Installation  

»Woodlands and Beyond ...«
  • Works by Isaac Albéniz, Luciano Berio, Claude Debussy, Gabriel Fauré, Leoš Janáček, Franz Liszt, Maurice Ravel, Nitin Sawhney and Toru Takemitsu

 

Kindly supported by Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

Héléne Grimaud [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sat 09 Jun

Musical City

The great join-in project of the Dresden Music Festival enters its third round! »We want all of Dresden to resound on…

Musical City

The great join-in project of the Dresden Music Festival enters its third round! »We want all of Dresden to resound on this day, and everyone is invited to join in, making the sound of the city heard throughout the world and thereby sending a message of peace and conciliation,« thus Intendant Jan Vogler’s credo. After more than 50 ensembles and over 1,000 participants formed part of this event in the 50-year anniversary season, in 2018 professional and amateur musicians and dancers are invited once again to take part in the »Musical City « with their own programs. An audience award will be presented at the end.

Ensembles, orchestras, choirs, bands and other musicians of all genres and styles, as well as dance ensembles and dancers

Please register via email by April 30, 2018, sending the form available on our website via email to klingendestadt@musikfestspiele.com or via fax to + 49 (0)351 - 478 56 23

 

Kindly supported by the Foundation Arts and Music for Dresden

  • 15:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Admission free
free entrance
Gerardo Núñez

Sat 09 Jun

Gerardo Núñez Trio

Entitled »Flamenco meets Jazz«, the evening presents one of Spain’s most famous flamenco ensembles. Guitarist Gerardo…

Gerardo Núñez Trio

Entitled »Flamenco meets Jazz«, the evening presents one of Spain’s most famous flamenco ensembles. Guitarist Gerardo Núñez is one of the outstanding protagonists of Flamenco Nuevo, a modern flamenco movement that combines ancient forms with various other musical styles. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the evening at the architectural ensemble Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau builds a bridge between flamenco and jazz, offering all-new, intriguing listening impressions. Concertgoers may look forward to a Spanish night dedicated to the passionate dance of the Iberian peninsula.

Gerardo Núñez Trio:
Gerardo Núñez, Guitar
Pablo Martín Caminero, Double Bass
Ángel Sánchez González »Cepillo«, Percussion  

  • »Flamenco meets Jazz«

Open-Air Concert

  • 20:00
  • GebäudeEnsemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
  • 30 EUR
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Paavo Järvi

Sat 09 Jun

Staatskapelle Dresden – Järvi – Kremer

»Shelter and Urge« is the title chosen by the Staatskapellen Dresden for this intricately interwoven concert program,…

Staatskapelle Dresden – Järvi – Kremer

»Shelter and Urge« is the title chosen by the Staatskapellen Dresden for this intricately interwoven concert program, presented together with the legendary violinist Gidon Kremer and Paavo Järvi, the future chief conductor and artistic director of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. A longing for security and certainty beyond all confessional boundaries can be heard in Pärt’s »Swansong«. An equally transcendental yearning flows from the Violin Concerto in G minor, written by Mieczyslaw Weinberg in 1959 – a composer whose works (for example his opera »The Passenger«) have only begun to be adequately esteemed and performed during recent past. The swan that appears in the title of Pärt’s piece returns, full of symbolism, in Sibelius’ »Lemminkäinen Suite«, bringing the program full circle.

Staatskapelle Dresden
Paavo Järvi, Conductor
Gidon Kremer, Violin

»Shelter and Urge«
  • Arvo Pärt: »Swansong« for Orchestra
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G minor Op. 67
  • Jean Sibelius: »Lemminkäinen Suite« Op. 22

 

In cooperation with Staatskapelle Dresden

 

In cooperation with Staatskapelle Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
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Werkstattkonzert

Sun 10 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

»I could not resist [...] the ideas for a concerto for violin and cello, much as I tried to convince myself otherwise.«…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

»I could not resist [...] the ideas for a concerto for violin and cello, much as I tried to convince myself otherwise.« A sentence from a letter by Johannes Brahms, telling the violinist Joseph Joachim about his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. This warning to his friend and colleague concerned the unusual form of the concerto, which was conceived not as a bravura showpiece, but as an intimately interwoven dialogue. The work for what Brahms called an »enormous eight-string violin« will be the focus of the workshop concert with the Dresden Festival Orchestra, performing on instruments from its composer’s time. Devoting itself to the original sound of Brahms’ era and to the form of the double concerto, it provides a perfect introduction to the final concert later that same evening.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair, Violin
Jan Vogler, Violoncello and Host

 

Kindly supported by the »Society of Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e.V.«

Dresdner Festspielorchester

Sun 10 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Final Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Zehetmair – Vogler

It has become a tradition for the Festival Orchestra to sound the final chord of the season, and thus the orchestra’s…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Final Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Zehetmair – Vogler

It has become a tradition for the Festival Orchestra to sound the final chord of the season, and thus the orchestra’s members perform works by the great triumvirate of romantic composers: Mendelssohn’s imaginative overture to Shakespeare’s »Midsummer Night’s Dream« and Robert Schumann’s famous »Rhenish« Symphony. »Prepare yourself for a small scare,« Brahms wrote to his friend, the violinist Joseph Joachim, about his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. Today, however, the work is considered an ideal model of a spirited dialogue between two solo instruments.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Thomas Zehetmair, Violin
Jan Vogler, Violoncello

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Ouverture to the Incidental Music for Shakespeare‘s »A Midsummer Night’s Dream«
  • Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A Minor Op. 102
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E flat Major Op. 97 »Rhenish«
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (CONCERT HALL)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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