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Hilary Hahn

Sat 01 Sep

Palace Concert

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Franck – Hahn

Hilary Hahn grew up a child prodigy and is a world-class violinist today, enchanting audiences with her faultless…

Palace Concert

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France – Franck – Hahn

Hilary Hahn grew up a child prodigy and is a world-class violinist today, enchanting audiences with her faultless technique and ravishing tone. At the Kulturpalast, the charismatic American musician will perform Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, which was declared »unplayable« shortly after its world premiere. Today, the composition with its dark timbre, folkloristic verve and impressive challenges for the virtuoso soloist is acknowledged as one of the most important violin works of the 20th century.

Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France
Mikko Franck – Conductor
Hilary Hahn – Violin

  • Maurice Ravel: »Le Tombeau de Couperin«. Orchestra Suite
  • Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47 (revised, 1905 version)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Barbara Hannigan

Thu 25 Oct

Palace Concert

Bamberg Symphony – Hrůša – Hannigan

The Bamberg Symphony, famous for its characteristic dark, smooth yet brilliant sound, presents itself to the Dresden…

Palace Concert

Bamberg Symphony – Hrůša – Hannigan

The Bamberg Symphony, famous for its characteristic dark, smooth yet brilliant sound, presents itself to the Dresden audience with its young Czech chief conductor Jakub Hrůša for the first time, joined by the fantastic Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan. The singer has been celebrated for years as a vocal virtuoso and exceptional performer on stages around the world. Together with the Bamberg Symphony, this outstanding protagonist of musical modernism performs Hans Abrahamsen’s song cycle »Let me tell you«, which the Danish composer wrote especially for the soprano, commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic and the Danish Arts Foundation. The second half of the program features Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, often considered his most popular symphony. Its sobriquet »The Romantic« was bestowed upon it by the composer himself.

Bamberg Symphony
Jakub Hrůša – Conductor
Barbara Hannigan – Soprano

  • Hans Abrahamsen: »Let me tell you«. Song Cycle
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in E flat major »The Romantic« (1888 version)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Valer Sabadus

Fri 14 Dec

Palace Concert

Festive Christmas Concert:Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Sabadus

Christmas is a celebration of love. And where would music, especially opera, be without love? Under Ivor Bolton’s baton,…

Palace Concert

Festive Christmas Concert:Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Sabadus

Christmas is a celebration of love. And where would music, especially opera, be without love? Under Ivor Bolton’s baton, the Dresden Festival Orchestra takes its audience on a journey through the fascinating world of baroque opera, joined by one of the world’s best countertenors for this Christmas concert. Valer Sabadus, celebrated for his crystal-clear voice, sings famous arias by Handel, Vivaldi and Gluck, traversing the range from gentle melancholy to virtuosic high drama. His delicate cantilenas and racy coloraturas are bookended by festive baroque orchestral works – performed by the Dresden Music Festival’s own specialist ensemble for historically informed performance practice.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton – Conductor
Valer Sabadus – Countertenor

  • Arias and Instrumental Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Christoph Willibald Gluck, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Maria Gaspare Sacchini and Antonio Vivaldi
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sir András Schiff

Wed 06 Feb

Palace Concert

Cappella Andrea Barca & Sir András Schiff

Andrea Barca – one of Mozart’s contemporaries – dedicated most of his artistic career to interpreting the latter’s piano…

Palace Concert

Cappella Andrea Barca & Sir András Schiff

Andrea Barca – one of Mozart’s contemporaries – dedicated most of his artistic career to interpreting the latter’s piano works. Thus, choosing him as the namesake for the ensemble of international soloists and chamber musicians assembled by András Schiff was a logical step, given that Mozart’s works are also among the core repertoire of the Hungarian-born piano virtuoso and his Cappella. The programme chosen for the Palace Concerts – the Symphony No. 39 in E flat major (»Swan Song«) and the Piano Concertos Nos. 15 and 17 – consists entirely of works illustrating Mozart’s boundless imagination, while also pointing ahead to Ludwig van Beethoven and the perfection of classical form.

Cappella Andrea Barca
Sir András Schiff – Piano and Direction

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 15 in B flat major K. 450
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major K. 543
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 17 in G major K. 453
Sir András Schiff

Sir András Schiff [Piano and Direction]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Jan Vogler

Wed 13 Mar

Palace Concert

»Carte blanche« to Jan Vogler

When Jan Vogler plays his »carte blanche« at the Palace Concerts, you can rest assured that the programme will feature…

Palace Concert

»Carte blanche« to Jan Vogler

When Jan Vogler plays his »carte blanche« at the Palace Concerts, you can rest assured that the programme will feature high-carat colleagues and musical highlights. Come and be surprised! »Carte blanche« is a musical adventure – for you and this evening’s soloists. Which distinguished guests and which resounding works the cellist presents will be announced at the annual press conference of the Dresden Music Festival in September 2018!

Jan Vogler – Violoncello
and international guest stars

Jan Vogler

Jan Vogler [Cello]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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René Pape

Thu 16 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Opening Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Pape

Can any opening be more glamorous than one featuring our own Dresden Festival Orchestra? The historically informed…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Opening Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Pape

Can any opening be more glamorous than one featuring our own Dresden Festival Orchestra? The historically informed ensemble and its chief conductor Ivor Bolton join the Dresden-born star René Pape for this festive concert. The celebrated bass will delve deep into the romantic soul in songs by Franz Schubert. These are preceded by Carl Maria von Weber’s overture to his opera »Euryanthe«, which had a complicated history during the composer’s lifetime: the music was highly praised, yet the libretto was ridiculed. The spring-like first symphony by the 31-year-old Robert Schumann – sketched in only four days and written out in no more than three weeks – was composed during a happy phase in the composer’s life, after he had married Clara Wieck and during his productive »year of songs«.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton – Conductor
René Pape – Bass

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to the Opera »Euryanthe«
  • Franz Schubert: Selected Songs (Arrangements for Low Voice and Orchestra)
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No.1 in B flat major Op. 38 »Spring«
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)

Opening Concert of the Festival of the State Capital of Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla

Fri 17 May

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Gražinytė-Tyla – Wang

Concentrated womanpower awaits the audience at the concert of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under its new…

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Gražinytė-Tyla – Wang

Concentrated womanpower awaits the audience at the concert of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under its new chief conductor Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. The Lithuanian took over the renowned English orchestra at the age of only 29 – succeeding such predecessors as Sir Simon Rattle and Andris Nelsons! She is joined by the young Chinese pianist Yuja Wang, who makes her home in the USA and is among the outstanding pianists of our times. In addition to Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 5, the program features Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 and Ligeti’s »Concert Românesc«, in which the composer was inspired by his time at the Folklore Institute in Bucharest to make use of elements of Romanian folk music.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla – Conductor
Yuja Wang – Piano

  • György Ligeti: »Concert Românesc«
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in G major Op. 55
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)

Presented by Glashütte Original

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Cristian Măcelaru

Sat 18 May

WDR Symphony Orchestra – Măcelaru – Vogler

The WDR Symphony Orchestra presents itself with its new chief conductor Cristian Măcelaru for the first time in Dresden;…

WDR Symphony Orchestra – Măcelaru – Vogler

The WDR Symphony Orchestra presents itself with its new chief conductor Cristian Măcelaru for the first time in Dresden; starting in the 2019/20 season, he takes over as the music director of the tradition-steeped orchestra. The evening features a program reflecting fascinating sound visions. When Beethoven first performed his Symphony No. 3, it was rejected due to its radical musical ideas. Today, the »Eroica« is considered a key work of the 19th century. During the first part of the concert, Jan Vogler performs the solo part in a very special world premiere: the three movements of this truly world-encompassing Cello Concerto were commissioned from three composers representing three different continents – the American Nico Muhly, the German Sven Helbig and the Chinese Zhou Long – who lend the universal language of music their individual notes.

WDR Symphony Orchestra
Cristian Măcelaru – Conductor
Jan Vogler – Violoncello

»3 Composers – 3 Continents«
  • Nico Muhly/Sven Helbig/Zhou Long: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra (World Premiere)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 »Eroica«
»EXPERIENCE«: Artist Conversation and Rehearsal Visit (10.30 am, Kulturpalast). Please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

Presented by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Brad Mehldau Trio

Sun 19 May

Brad Mehldau Trio

He is one of the stars of the current jazz scene: the American pianist Brad Mehldau. According to »The New York Times«,…

Brad Mehldau Trio

He is one of the stars of the current jazz scene: the American pianist Brad Mehldau. According to »The New York Times«, he is the »most influential jazz pianist of recent years«, filling not only the world’s great concert halls, but also constantly searching for inspiration – in classical music, pop and rock, but also in Brazilian sounds. Mehldau’s music touches and inspires with its mellow, calm sound. Not only as a soloist, but also as part of his trio with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums, the celebrated keyboard visionary entrances his audience. With this formation, he now appears at the Kulturpalast – world-class sensitive jazz!

Brad Mehldau Trio:
Brad Mehldau – Piano
Larry Grenadier – Double Bass
Jeff Ballard – Percussion

 

Kindly supported by Druckerei Thieme Meißen

Brad Mehldau Trio

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Staatskapelle Berlin unter Daniel Barenboim

Sun 19 May

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

When an orchestra elects a conductor for life, as the Staatskapelle Berlin has done with Daniel Barenboim, this signals…

Staatskapelle Berlin & Daniel Barenboim

When an orchestra elects a conductor for life, as the Staatskapelle Berlin has done with Daniel Barenboim, this signals excellent chemistry between the two. Thus, particular profundity may be expected of the two Brahms symphonies which Barenboim has performed all over the world with the most famous orchestras and now interprets with his own ensemble. »The heart overflows upon hearing it,« Dvořák said about Brahms’ Third Symphony, written in the summer holidays of 1883. The Fourth was also a »vacation work« from the years 1884 and 1885 – even though its genesis may go back to the 1870s, when Brahms was studying the Bach Cantata »Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich« – which might be considered the germ cell of the Fourth Symphony’s finale.

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim – Conductor  

  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98
7:15 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (AT OPERNKELLER)

Präsentiert durch die Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Lisa Bathiasvili

Mon 20 May

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Pappano – Batiashvili

High-carat musical temperaments unite for the guest appearances of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa…

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia – Pappano – Batiashvili

High-carat musical temperaments unite for the guest appearances of the Orchestra of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with Sir Antonio Pappano and Lisa Batiashvili. Praised for her virtuosity and empathy, the Georgian violinist presents Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 1, which the composer wrote »as if in a narcotic dream« for the young violinist Stefi Geyer – a love that remained unrequited, alas. Playing Mussorgsky’s intense symphonic poem »Night on Bald Mountain« and Rimsky-Korsakov’s colourful symphonic suite »Scheherazade«, the prominent Italian orchestra will be able to luxuriate in rich orchestral colours.

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano – Conductor
Lisa Batiashvili – Violin

  • Modest Mussorgsky: »Night on Bald Mountain«
  • Béla Bartók Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 Sz 36
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov »Scheherazade«. Symphonic Suite based on »The Arabian Nights« Op. 35
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, EVENT SPACE OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia unter Sir Antonio Pappano

Tue 21 May

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Sir Antonio Pappano

The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is the first Italian orchestra to dedicate itself exclusively to…

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia & Sir Antonio Pappano

The Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia is the first Italian orchestra to dedicate itself exclusively to the symphonic repertoire, and for this it is celebrated the world over – now under its music director Sir Antonio Pappano. Gustav Mahler once also conducted the Italian ensemble, known for the sheer joyfulness of its playing. This second performance of the Accademia Orchestra builds a wonderful bridge to Mahler’s oeuvre by featuring his monumental Symphony No. 6 in A minor. Famous for its hammer blows at the end of the finale, it tore destoyed boundaries not only in its instrumentation and form: an exemplary work of visionary expressivity and intensity.

Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Sir Antonio Pappano – Conductor

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A minor

Kindly supported by the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

  • 20:30
  • Frauenkirche
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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The King’s Singers

Wed 22 May

The King’s Singers

In 1968 six students of the famous King’s College gave their first concert in London – what began as a project among…

The King’s Singers

In 1968 six students of the famous King’s College gave their first concert in London – what began as a project among friends soon developed into world success. Even if none of the founding members is still active, the visionary sextet that now looks back upon more than 50 years of tradition is a legend today. Therefore, its fans in Dresden are already looking forward to their re-encounter with the King’s Singers. And where could the inimitable ensemble sound unfold better than at the Frauenkirche? Join us for a special program at an unforgettable venue!

The King’s Singers:
Patrick Dunachie – Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright – Countertenor
Julian Gregory – Tenor
Christopher Bruerton – Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas – Baritone
Jonathan Howard – Bass

  • Works by Paul Abraham, Claude Debussy, Duke Ellington, Percy Grainger, Herbert Howells, Cyrillus Kreek, Orlando di Lasso, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Cole Porter, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Rebner/Armin Robinson, Camille Saint-Saëns, Ludwig Schmidseder, Richard Strauss, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Henry Walford Davies

The King’s Singers

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Wiener Philharmoniker

Thu 23 May

Vienna Philharmonic – Sokhiev – Bronfman

It will be intriguing to find out how the Vienna Philharmonic sounds at Dresden’s Kulturpalast! For its first…

Vienna Philharmonic – Sokhiev – Bronfman

It will be intriguing to find out how the Vienna Philharmonic sounds at Dresden’s Kulturpalast! For its first performance at Dresden’s acoustically outstanding concert hall, the tradition-steeped top orchestra has decided upon Russian repertoire. Appropriately, Tugan Sokhiev, music director at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, takes to the conductor’s podium for this Russian night with works by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. The soloist is Yefim Bronfman, one of the leading piano virtuosos of our times. The American with Uzbek roots first studied in Tel Aviv, later at the Juilliard School, the Marlboro Music School and at the Curtis Institute, where his teachers included legends like Rudolf Firkušný, Leon Fleisher and Rudolf Serkin. Today, he is at home on the world’s foremost concert stages.

Vienna Philharmonic
Tugan Sokhiev – Conductor
Yefim Bronfman – Piano

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 2 in G minor Op. 16
  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor Op. 64
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Soundlabor des Fachbereichs Musikwissenschaft an der TU Dresden

Fri 24 May

Sound & Science: Space and Sound

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden…

Sound & Science: Space and Sound

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden Music Festival brings together two different worlds: music and architecture. Not only given the numerous concert halls currently being built in many different cities, the perception of sound spaces and research into this subject is an important issue. Taking this as a starting point, the concert offers its perambulatory listeners very special and varied listening experiences in three different spaces. In addition, it also includes a virtual sound space. The fascinating experiment is guided by the musicologist Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann and the acoustician Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy, who will comment upon the different sound situations created by the David Orlowsky Trio from a scientific perspective.

Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann – Musicologist
Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy – Acoustician
David Orlowsky Trio:
David Orlowsky – Clarinet
Jens-Uwe Popp – Gitar
Florian Dohrmann – Double Bass

  • Perambulatory Concert with the David Orlowsky Trio
Meeting point: Alte Mensa, Mommsenstraße 13 (Festsaal)

 

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

  • 16:00
  • TU Dresden (Barkhausen-Bau)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Soundlabor des Fachbereichs Musikwissenschaft an der TU Dresden

Fri 24 May

Sound & Science: Space and Sound

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden…

Sound & Science: Space and Sound

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden Music Festival brings together two different worlds: music and architecture. Not only given the numerous concert halls currently being built in many different cities, the perception of sound spaces and research into this subject is an important issue. Taking this as a starting point, the concert offers its perambulatory listeners very special and varied listening experiences in three different spaces. In addition, it also includes a virtual sound space. The fascinating experiment is guided by the musicologist Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann and the acoustician Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy, who will comment upon the different sound situations created by the David Orlowsky Trio from a scientific perspective.

Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann – Musicologist
Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy – Acoustician
David Orlowsky Trio:
David Orlowsky – Clarinet
Jens-Uwe Popp – Guitar
Florian Dohrmann – Double Bass

  • Perambulatory Concert with the David Orlowsky Trio
Meeting point: Alte Mensa, Mommsenstraße 13 (Festsaal)  

 

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

  • 18:00
  • TU Dresden (Barkhausen-Bau)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Jordi Savall

Fri 24 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Jordi Savall: Tribute to Syria

The charismatic Catalan gambist and conductor Jordi Savall, named »Artist for Peace« by the UNESCO, searches for shared…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Jordi Savall: Tribute to Syria

The charismatic Catalan gambist and conductor Jordi Savall, named »Artist for Peace« by the UNESCO, searches for shared cultural roots in his projects, for things that unite people instead of separating them. In his new program, he joins the ensemble Hespèrion XXI, which he founded himself, and other musical friends in performing music from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian Mediterranean regions. This concert at the Frauenkirche – itself a powerful symbol for understanding and reconciliation – also includes artists who had to flee from crisis areas.

Hespèrion XXI
Jordi Savall – Fiddle, Rebab and Conductor
Waed Bouhassoun – Vocals and Oud
Lior Elmaleh – Vocals
Hamam Khairy – Vocals, Riq and Sonaja
Oumeima El Khalil – Vocals
Moslem Rahal – Ney

  • »Orient-Occident«
»EXPERIENCE«: A conversation with Jordi Savall about the project »Orpheus XXI – Music for Life and Dignity« and the future of musicians from refugee camps (6 pm, Crypt of the Frauenkirche). Please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Soundlabor des Fachbereichs Musikwissenschaft an der TU Dresden

Fri 24 May

Sound & Science: Raum und Klang

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden…

Sound & Science: Raum und Klang

The fifth edition of the »Sound & Science« cooperation program between the Technical University Dresden and the Dresden Music Festival brings together two different worlds: music and architecture. Not only given the numerous concert halls currently being built in many different cities, the perception of sound spaces and research into this subject is an important issue. Taking this as a starting point, the concert offers its perambulatory listeners very special and varied listening experiences in three different spaces. In addition, it also includes a virtual sound space. The fascinating experiment is guided by the musicologist Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann and the acoustician Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy, who will comment upon the different sound situations created by the David Orlowsky Trio from a scientific perspective.

Prof. Dr. Friederike Wißmann – Musicologist
Prof. Dr. Ercan Altinsoy – Acoustician
David Orlowsky Trio:
David Orlowsky – Clarinet
Jens-Uwe Popp – Guitar
Florian Dohrmann – Double Bass

  • Perambulatory Concert with the David Orlowsky Trio
Meeting point: Alte Mensa, Mommsenstraße 13 (Festsaal)

 

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

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden (Barkhausen-Bau)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Szenenbild »Die Erde ist keine Heimat«

Sat 25 May

»Earth is No Home«

In 1920 the Bauhaus artist Walter Dexel wrote a film script about a mission to Mars, an optimistic, utopian departure…

»Earth is No Home«

In 1920 the Bauhaus artist Walter Dexel wrote a film script about a mission to Mars, an optimistic, utopian departure for new worlds. To Anna-Sophia Mahler, Mars appears today as the place of refuge we are desperate seeking; in her delicate musical theatre work, she shows the actor Josef Bierbichler as the last inhabitant of the failed project Earth, surrounded only by Morton Feldman’s »Triadic Memories« and Franz Schubert‘s »Winterreise«, echoes of a lost world. In 2016 Anna-Sophie Mahler was invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting with her staging of »Mittelreich«, based on the eponymous novel by Josef Bierbichler, which she directed for the Münchner Kammerspiele; this performance of »Die Erde ist keine Heimat« (Earth is No Home) marks her debut in Dresden.

Josef Bierbichler – Actor and Vocals
Anna-Sophie Mahler – Director
Duri Bischoff – Stage Sets
Stefan Wirth – Piano and Musical Arrangements
Bendix Dethleffsen – Piano
Albrecht Ziepert – Electronics and Sound Design

  • A evening of music staged by Anna-Sophie Mahler. Music: Morton Feldman »Triadic Memories« and Franz Schubert »Winterreise« (excerpts)

A production of the Münchner Kammerspiele in cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts and the Dresden Music Festival

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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David Orlowsky Trio

Sat 25 May

David Orlowsky Trio

Praised by the newspaper »Die Zeit« as one of the »most extraordinary clarinettists of our times«, David Orlowsky…

David Orlowsky Trio

Praised by the newspaper »Die Zeit« as one of the »most extraordinary clarinettists of our times«, David Orlowsky founded his award-winning trio at the age of only sixteen. Like few other ensembles, it has merged the tradition of Klezmer with other, groundbreaking new sounds. After 20 years on stage, the three artists will part musical ways, but not without first thanking their audience with a grand farewell tour. Entitled »Milestones«, the three friends present a virtuosic and moving program, uniting pieces particularly dear to them and their listeners. At the Dresden Music Festival, their venue is the Stallhof, the former site of knightly jousts and tournaments.

David Orlowsky Trio:
David Orlowsky – Clarinet
Jens-Uwe Popp – Guitar
Florian Dohrmann – Double Bass

  • »Milestones« – Best of David Orlowsky Trio

Open-Air Concert

David Orlowsky Trio

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschlosses Stallhof
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Johannes Motschmann Trio

Sat 25 May

Classical Beats: Johannes Motschmann Trio

»The neo-avant-garde lifts off...« the journal »Musikexpress« wrote in 2016 about the unusual trio, then just embarking…

Classical Beats: Johannes Motschmann Trio

»The neo-avant-garde lifts off...« the journal »Musikexpress« wrote in 2016 about the unusual trio, then just embarking upon its mission: to stage electronic music with original instruments in such a manner that all sounds are generated live. Using an arsenal of analogous synthesizers, electronic pianos and a complex multi-percussion setup, Johannes Motschmann, David Christopher Panzl and Boris Bolles have since performed in clubs as well as classical concert halls. Their brand of »retro-sound« results from the fact that almost all their instruments were built in the 1970s and 1980s. What is usually automated here remains in the hands of the three classically trained musicians, whose high level of precision makes Motschmann’s compositions sound as symphonic as if one were listening to an entire orchestra.

Johannes Motschmann Trio:
Johannes Motschmann – Electronics
David Christopher Panzl – Percussion
Boris Bolles – Synthesizer

  • »Lifestream«
10:30 PM DJ-SET WITH FEDERICO ALBANESE (FREE ADMISSION)

Johannes Motschmann

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Sun 26 May

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin

As the conductor of Salzburg’s Court Orchestra, Mozart – who was, incidentally, an accomplished violinist as well –…

Anne-Sophie Mutter & Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin

As the conductor of Salzburg’s Court Orchestra, Mozart – who was, incidentally, an accomplished violinist as well – wrote five violin concerti in the two years leading up to 1775. The Dresden audience may look forward to the great violin virtuoso Anne-Sophie Mutter’s interpretation of the bright Concerto No. 2 in D major, the high-contrast Concerto No. 3 in G major and the popular Concerto No. 5 in A major with its fiery »Alla turca« finale. Her high-carat musical partner is the chamber orchestra Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin, an ensemble of musicians who are also members of the Vienna Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic. This ensemble’s unique symbiosis of sound will also be notable in the Symphony K. 16, Mozart’s first attempt in this genre, written when he was 19.

Anne-Sophie Mutter – Violin
Kammerorchester Wien-Berlin

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchester No. 2 in D major K. 211
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 3 in G major K. 216
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major K. 16
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 5 in A major K. 219 »Turkish«
10 AM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)
  • 11:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Dresdner Kammerchor

Sun 26 May

Cooperation Concert

Dresdner Kammerchor

The program of the Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir) builds a broad and multi-faceted bridge to this year’s…

Cooperation Concert

Dresdner Kammerchor

The program of the Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir) builds a broad and multi-faceted bridge to this year’s Festival motto, uniting works ranging from the late romantic period to modernism. Mahler’s composition »Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen« may be interpreted as a silent prayer, its topic being the creation of meaning for oneself, far from the »maddening crowd«. Brahms himself called his Opus 74/1 »a small discourse upon the great ›Why‹«. While Reger’s »Eight Sacred Songs« are reminiscent of Bach’s chorales in their simple, mostly chordal and homophonic setting, John Cage’s late work »Four²« plays with the sounds in the name of the state of Oregon and is part of his cycle of »Number Pieces«, begun in 1988. Finally, Frank Martin’s Mass is one of the most popular sacred a-cappella works of the 20th century, thanks to its beautiful sound.

Dresdner Kammerchor
Hans-Christoph Rademann – Conductor

»Celestial Worlds«
  • Gustav Mahler: »Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen« (arranged for 16-voice choir by Clytus Gottwald)
  • Johannes Brahms: »Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Mühseligen?«. Motet for Mixed A-Cappella Choir Op. 74/1
  • Max Reger: »Acht geistliche Gesänge« Op. 138
  • John Cage: »Four²«
  • Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir A Cappella

In cooperation with the Dresdner Kammerchor

  • 17:00
  • Annenkirche
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Szenenbild »Die Erde ist keine Heimat«

Sun 26 May

»Earth is No Home«

In 1920 the Bauhaus artist Walter Dexel wrote a film script about a mission to Mars, an optimistic, utopian departure…

»Earth is No Home«

In 1920 the Bauhaus artist Walter Dexel wrote a film script about a mission to Mars, an optimistic, utopian departure for new worlds. To Anna-Sophia Mahler, Mars appears today as the place of refuge we are desperate seeking; in her delicate musical theatre work, she shows the actor Josef Bierbichler as the last inhabitant of the failed project Earth, surrounded only by Morton Feldman’s »Triadic Memories« and Franz Schubert‘s »Winterreise«, echoes of a lost world. In 2016 Anna-Sophie Mahler was invited to the Berlin Theatre Meeting with her staging of »Mittelreich«, based on the eponymous novel by Josef Bierbichler, which she directed for the Münchner Kammerspiele; this performance of »Die Erde ist keine Heimat« (Earth is No Home) marks her debut in Dresden.

Josef Bierbichler – Actor and Vocals
Anna-Sophie Mahler – Director
Duri Bischoff – Stage Sets
Stefan Wirth –Piano and Musical Arrangements
Bendix Dethleffsen – Piano
Albrecht Ziepert – Electronics and Sound Design

  • A evening of music staged by Anna-Sophie Mahler. Music: Morton Feldman »Triadic Memories« and Franz Schubert »Winterreise« (excerpts)

Eine Produktion der Münchner Kammerspiele in Kooperation mit HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste und den Dresdner Musikfestspielen

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  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
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Joshua Bell

Mon 27 May

Camerata Salzburg – Manze – Bell

Dvořák‘s Violin Concerto stands slightly in the shadow of the Cello Concerto, written significantly later. This is quite…

Camerata Salzburg – Manze – Bell

Dvořák‘s Violin Concerto stands slightly in the shadow of the Cello Concerto, written significantly later. This is quite unjustified – and the audience at the Frauenkirche will understand why, especially when the highly virtuosic and also decidedly songful work is interpreted by Joshua Bell, one of the greatest violinists of our times. Furthermore, the evening, which also includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and Sibelius’ string suite »Rakastava« - a rarity in the very best sense – is performed by the Camerata Salzburg, an ensemble celebrated for its transparent sound. It is conducted by Andrew Manze, an expert in musical research and one of the most inspiring conductors of his generation.

Camerata Salzburg
Andrew Manze – Conductor
Joshua Bell – Violin

  • Jean Sibelius: »Rakastava« (»The Lover«) Op. 14. Suite for String Orchestra, Timpani and Triangle
  • Antonín Dvořák: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in A minor Op. 53
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE)

Presented by Glashütte Original

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
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Barbara Hannigan

Mon 27 May

LUDWIG Orchestra – Cappella Amsterdam – Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our times. Not only as a soprano, but also as a…

LUDWIG Orchestra – Cappella Amsterdam – Hannigan

Barbara Hannigan is one of the most fascinating musical personalities of our times. Not only as a soprano, but also as a conductor she stands for groundbreaking artistic projects. Such a visionary initiative is her mentoring program »Equilibrium«, founded in 2017, which offers young singers at the beginning of their career a professional platform. The first production resulting from this program is dedicated to Stravinsky’s blazing portrait of manners and morals, »The Rake’s Progress«. It tells the tale of the bon vivant Tom Rakewell, whose excessive lifestyle ends in ruin. Hannigan, whose own very first stage role was Anne Trulove, will lead the LUDWIG Orchestra, Cappella Amsterdam and selected young vocalists in this special concert performance at the Kulturpalast.

LUDWIG Orchestra
Cappella Amsterdam
Barbara Hannigan – Conductor
Sofie Asplund – Soprano (Anne Trulove)
Marta Swiderska – Mezzo-Soprano (Baba the Turk)
Gyula Rab – Tenor (Tom Rakewell)
James Way, Tenor (Sellem)
Douglas Williams – Baritone (Nick Shadow)
Erik Rosenius – Bass (Trulove)

  • Igor Stravinsky: »The Rake’s Progress«. Opera in three acts (concert performance in English with German surtitles)
»EXPERIENCE«: Sarah Willis in conversation with Barbara Hannigan (6:30 pm, Kulturpalast, Event Space of the Central Library, 1st Floor). Please register by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

In cooperation with Barbara Hannigan’s Equilibrium Young Artists Initiative

Kindly supported by the Foundation »Art and Music for Dresden«

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Jan Lisiecki

Tue 28 May

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Jan Lisiecki

The New York-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is among the world’s leading chamber ensembles. Performing without a…

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra & Jan Lisiecki

The New York-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra is among the world’s leading chamber ensembles. Performing without a conductor, it combines the intimacy of a chamber ensemble with the rich sound of a symphony orchestra. Montgomery’s »Records from a Vanishing City« was written especially for these musicians. The focus of the evening, however, is on the romantic composer Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, whose »musical diary« of his trip to Italy – his Symphony No. 4 – breathes southern joie de vivre and is among the most popular works in concert halls all over the world. His Piano Concerto No. 1 – highly popular during the composer’s lifetime, but rarely performed today – was also sketched in Italy, more specifically in Rome. Interpreted by Jan Lisiecki, a celebrated Festival guest since the very beginning of his career, it should leave nothing to be desired.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Jan Lisiecki – Piano

  • Jessie Montgomery: »Records from a Vanishing City«
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 25
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 »Italian«
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Meret Becker

Tue 28 May

Meret Becker & The Tiny Teeth: »Le Grand Ordinaire«

Meret Becker is an actress, composer, singer, performing artist, and producer – a real multi-talent. She has released…

Meret Becker & The Tiny Teeth: »Le Grand Ordinaire«

Meret Becker is an actress, composer, singer, performing artist, and producer – a real multi-talent. She has released various albums, given many concerts and appeared in innumerable prize-winning film and television productions, for example as Inspector Nina Rubin in Berlin’s »Tatort«. At the Staatsoperette, she and her band The Tiny Teeth will perform a collage of musical images and surreal songs. One recurring theme is a circus, »Le Grand Ordinaire«, running through the production like a vague memory – a kind of circus of the mind, with stories of artistes and people who dream of being artistes. The breathtaking spectacle is brought to musical life with the help of a music box, a toy piano, a glass harp and a singing saw, winds and brass, banjo, accordion, guitar and percussion.

Meret Becker – Vocals, Saw and Homophone
Ben Jeger – Glass Harp, Piano and Accordion
Buddy Sacher – Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin
Peter Wilmanns – Saxophone, Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
Uwe Langer, Trompete – Trumpet, Tuba, Trombone and Euphonium
Dirk-Peter Kölsch – Percussion

  • 20:00
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
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Hagen Quartett

Tue 28 May

Hagen Quartet

The Hagen Quartet has been one of the leading ensembles of its kind for over three decades. To this day, its three…

Hagen Quartet

The Hagen Quartet has been one of the leading ensembles of its kind for over three decades. To this day, its three founding members, the siblings Lukas, Veronika and Clemens Hagen, who were joined in 1987 by Rainer Schmidt, appear on all the international concert stages and pass on their knowledge to the younger generation of musicians as mentors and teachers. The »four world-class strings from Salzburg« (»Hamburger Abendblatt«) have chosen three string quartets from three different epochs for their concert at the Palais im Großen Garten. Schubert’s unfinished String Quartet No. 12, Shostakovich’s late String Quartet No. 13 with its premonitions of death and sorrow, and finally Beethoven’s Quartet No. 14, one of his mature works, whose form and appearance far exceeded the established limits of the genre – after all, it consists of seven movements!

Hagen Quartett:
Lukas Hagen – Violin
Rainer Schmidt – Violin
Veronika Hagen – Viola
Clemens Hagen – Violoncello

  • Franz Schubert: String Quartet No. 12 in C minor D 703 (»Quartet Movement«)
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat minor Op. 138
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131

Hagen Quartet

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
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Fatma Said

Wed 29 May

Fatma Said & Matthias Veit

Once again, the idyllic Castle Wackerbarth, located on the Saxonian Wine Route, hosts a series of rising and promising…

Fatma Said & Matthias Veit

Once again, the idyllic Castle Wackerbarth, located on the Saxonian Wine Route, hosts a series of rising and promising young talents. The Egyptian soprano Fatma Said is the first singer to take the podium at this venue. The young artist has already made a name for herself: she was not only named a »BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist« and was recently presented on ARTE by Rolando Villazón in his series »Stars von Morgen«, but in 2016 she made a sensational debut at La Scala in Milan in the role of Pamina in Mozart’s »The Magic Flute«. Fatma Said makes her Dresden Music Festival debut with a multi-faceted recital program, performing works by Brahms, Mohie El Din, Schumann, Strauss and Weill to demonstrate her versatile talent.

Fatma Said – Soprano
Matthias Veit – Piano

  • Works by Johannes Brahms, Sherif Mohie El Din, Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss and Kurt Weill

Kindly supported by State Winery of Saxony, Schloss Wackerbarth

In cooperation with the series »Song in Dresden«

Before the concert, Castle Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l 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
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Dresdner Festspielorchester

Thu 30 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

The Dresden Festival Orchestra has found its musical home in the romantic era – a love that is reflected by numerous…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

The Dresden Festival Orchestra has found its musical home in the romantic era – a love that is reflected by numerous concert programs and not least in its CD recording. For the first time, the musicians now look to France this season, dedicating a concert to the sounds of the great French romanticists Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saëns. Both Berlioz’ roiling, dramatic »Symphonie fantastique« and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 will be performed on historic instruments. In the Workshop Concert, the musicians explore their approach to French historically informed performance practice – an ideal prelude to the evening performance.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Stéphane Denève – Conductor
Jan Vogler – Violoncello and Host

  • Excerpts from the evening’s concert program

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

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
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Jan Vogler

Thu 30 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Denève – Vogler

In 2019 the Dresden Festival Orchestra has once again invited a guest conductor: Stéphane Denève is a recognized…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Denève – Vogler

In 2019 the Dresden Festival Orchestra has once again invited a guest conductor: Stéphane Denève is a recognized specialist for French music performed on original instruments. Therefore, he and the orchestra, which specializes in historically informed performance practice, are almost predestined for the program chosen for the Kulturpalast. Apart from Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, which Hans von Bülow described as »full of technique and elegance, good sense and originality, logic and grace«, their rendition of the historical sound of the famous »Symphonie fantastique« should be particularly intriguing. With this work, Berlioz created a new form of program music, employing operatic means unheard of until that time in the concert music genre.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Stéphane Denève – Conductor
Jan Vogler – Violoncello

  • Hector Berlioz: Overture to the Opera »Les Francs-juges« Op. 3
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 33
  • Hector Berlioz: »Symphonie fantastique« Op. 14
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE CONCERT HALL)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Chilly Gonzales

Fri 31 May

Chilly Gonzales

Concertgoers would be well advised to leave any genre prejudice at the doorstep: the Canadian Chilly Gonzales cleverly…

Chilly Gonzales

Concertgoers would be well advised to leave any genre prejudice at the doorstep: the Canadian Chilly Gonzales cleverly resists all attempts to nail him down to one style only. »Why should one have to decide whether to be an entertainer or an artist? I am both,« the pianist maintains. Gonzales draws inspiration from jazz, classical music, pop, rap and electronics, but ultimately his music is characterized by his own eccentricity and creativity. The holder of the world record for the longest concert ever (27 hours!) enjoys cult status and has presented worldwide success stories with his albums »Solo Piano« or »Chamber« – wearing his pyjamas and bathrobe. Typical Chilly Gonzales!

Chilly Gonzales – Piano
Stella Le Page – Violoncello
Joe Flory – Percussion

 

Kindly supported by the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Sat 01 Jun

Sound Studio with AuditivVokal Dresden

Are there similarities between notes, colours and shapes? There are lots, according to Gertrud Grunow’s Theory of…

Sound Studio with AuditivVokal Dresden

Are there similarities between notes, colours and shapes? There are lots, according to Gertrud Grunow’s Theory of Harmonization. Early in the 20th century, she developed her own form of musical pedagogy, postulating and teaching the equal, harmonic use of all senses at the Bauhaus. The extent to which music and visual arts influence each other can be experienced by students from Dresden as part of the workshop »Sound Studio« with the ensemble AuditivVokal Dresden. The focus of this music education program is on one visionary work: »Malleable Images« by the Israeli composer Amir Shpilman allows the participants to express music in and through images.

AuditivVokal Dresden
Olaf Katzer – Conductor
Ortrud Kegel – Music Educator
Students from Dresden’s Schools

For children aged 8 and up

»EXPERIENCE«: Free Guided Tour »Why were Squares in Art Modern?« of the exhibition »Future Spaces. Kandinsky, Mondrian, Lissitzky in Dresden 1919 - 1932«. Admission with concert ticket (6 pm, meeting point: evening box office of the Dresden Music Festival, access via Georg-Treu-Platz)

In cooperation with the Dresden State Art Collections

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

  • 19:00
  • Albertinum (Lichthof)
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Emmanuel Pahud

Sat 01 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Dresden Philharmonic – Măcelaru – Pahud – Langlamet

Mozart wrote his Double Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra for a music-loving count and his daughter. As always, he…

Cooperation Concert

Dresden Philharmonic – Măcelaru – Pahud – Langlamet

Mozart wrote his Double Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra for a music-loving count and his daughter. As always, he mastered this unusual commission with aplomb. Although both instruments were not among his favourites, he gave the dedicatees a wealth of elegant and charming passages to play. In his work »Dilemma«, the versatile French composer Laurent Petitgirard followed Mozart’s instrumentation. The piece was tailored to the abilities to Emmanuel Pahud and Marie-Pierre Langlamet – both principal players of the Berlin Philharmonic. In this regard, Petitgirard is one step ahead of Mozart, whose protagonists were amateurs.

Dresden Philharmonic
Cristian Măcelaru – Conductor
Emmanuel Pahud – Flute
Marie-Pierre Langlamet – Harp

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major K. 299
  • Laurent Petitgirard: »Dilemma«. Double Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra (World Premiere)
  • Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra Sz 116

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
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Richard Galliano

Sat 01 Jun

Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette Quartet

»The Frenchman Richard Galliano has established the accordion in jazz, and to this day, he has been developing his own…

Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette Quartet

»The Frenchman Richard Galliano has established the accordion in jazz, and to this day, he has been developing his own musical idiom further,« thus »Deutschlandfunk Kultur«. His friend and mentor Astor Piazzolla encouraged the accordionist – who had accompanied doyens of French chanson such as Juliette Greco and Yves Montand during their concerts as a young man – to integrate France’s musical tradition, of which musette is a main pillar, into his jazz idiom, thereby creating something all his own. That worked so well that Galliano has kept returning to this point of departure to this day. His New Jazz Musette Quartet has existed for more than 30 years now – and is sure to make the courtyard of the building complex »Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau« resound with the waltzing rhythms of its »musette neuve«.

Richard Galliano New Jazz Musette Quartet:
Richard Galliano – Accordion
Jean-Marie Ecay – Guitar
Bruno Rousselet – Double Bass
Jean-Christophe Galliano – Percussion

Open-Air Concert

 

In cooperation with Grundbesitz Hellerau GmbH

Richard Galliano

Richard Galliano [Accordion]

  • 20:00
  • GebäudeEnsemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
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Jazzrausch Bigband

Sat 01 Jun

Classical Beats: Jazzrausch Bigband

The Jazzrausch Bigband is a 20-piece big band from Munich specializing in musical »inebriation« caused by a mixture of…

Classical Beats: Jazzrausch Bigband

The Jazzrausch Bigband is a 20-piece big band from Munich specializing in musical »inebriation« caused by a mixture of Techno and big band sound. As the world’s first and only big band in residence at an internationally renowned Techno club, »Harry Klein« in Munich, the ensemble knows how to merge the jazzy sound of a big band with the clear beats of Techno music. With inspiring and invariably danceable sounds, the musicians have won their audience’s hearts – whether at the Philharmonie in Munich, the XJazz Festival in Berlin or New York’s Lincoln Center. With »Dancing Wittgenstein«, the Jazzrausch Bigband brings its fifth Techno program to Dresden’s Reithalle – a must for all fans of urban nightlife!

Jazzrausch Bigband

  • »Dancing Wittgenstein«
11 PM DJ SET WITH DJ GUNJAH (FREE ADMISSION)

Jazzrausch Bigband

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
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Sun 02 Jun

Piano Recital Hélène Grimaud

For many years, the French star pianist Hélène Grimaud has been one of the close »family members« of the Dresden Music…

Piano Recital Hélène Grimaud

For many years, the French star pianist Hélène Grimaud has been one of the close »family members« of the Dresden Music Festival. After her celebrated performance during the past Festival season, she returns to the banks of the River Elbe in 2019 once again. The exceptional musician has chosen works ranging from romanticism to modernism. Starting with Chopin, Debussy and Rachmaninoff, who was often called the »last romantic«, the journey continues with Erik Satie, the musical minimalist and precursor of modernism, ranging all the way to Valentin Silvestrov, born in the Ukraine in 1937. Grimaud will make the masterworks by these visionaries resound with her trademark sensitivity and expressivity.

Hélène Grimaud – Piano

  • Works by Frédéric Chopin, Claude Debussy, Sergey Rachmaninoff, Erik Satie and Valentin Silvestrov

Hélène Grimaud [Piano]

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
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Neue Jüdische Kammerphilharmonie Dresden unter Michael Hurshell

Sun 02 Jun

Cooperation Concert

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden – Hurs – Azrad

Even if music played a subordinate role there at first, the historical period of the Bauhaus – 1919 to 1933 – brought a…

Cooperation Concert

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden – Hurs – Azrad

Even if music played a subordinate role there at first, the historical period of the Bauhaus – 1919 to 1933 – brought a heyday for Jewish composers in the German-language region. The musical protagonists of »Bauhaus music« were composers such as Hindemith, Satie, Stravinsky or various protagonists of the so-called »Second Viennese School«. In addition, however, there was a series of Jewish composers highly respected at the time who are unknown to today’s audiences. The concert at Dresden’s Synagogue now tries to build a bridge to these composers, who were later persecuted and silenced by the Nazi regime, but formed part of the mainstream of their artistically open-minded and wide-ranging era.

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden
Michael Hurshell – Conductor
Ido Azrad – Clarinet

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: String Sextet in D major Op. 10 (arranged for string orchestra by Michael Hurshell)
  • Marc Lavry: »Al Naharot Bavel« (»By the Rivers of Babylon«)
  • Paul Ben-Haim: »Pastorale Variée« for Clarinet and String Orchestra

In cooperation with the New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden

  • 17:00
  • Neue Synagoge
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Nikolai Tokarev

Sun 02 Jun

Nikolai Tokarev: »Pictures at an Exhibition«

In 1874, Mussorgsky was inspired to write his famous piano cycle »Pictures at an Exhibition« when he visited a…

Nikolai Tokarev: »Pictures at an Exhibition«

In 1874, Mussorgsky was inspired to write his famous piano cycle »Pictures at an Exhibition« when he visited a retrospective of paintings by his friend Viktor Hartmann. When, in 1928, the Bauhaus master Vasily Kandinsky was asked for a production for Dessau’s Friedrich Theatre, he selected that very work, creating fascinating stage sets from colours and shapes. At the Albertinum, the Russian piano virtuoso Nikolai Tokarev will interpret the famous piano cycle. At the same time, a video installation of Kandinsky’s set designs revives the legendary production of the 1920s.

Nikolai Tokarev – Piano

»Seeing Sound – Hearing Colour – Kandinsky meets Mussorgsky«
  • Peter Tschaikowsky: »The Seasons« Op. 37a. Twelve Character Pieces for Piano
  • Modest Mussorgski: »Pictures at an Exhibition« (visualized by Uwe Niesig)
»EXPERIENCE«: Free guided tour »Kandinsky and Klee at the Bauhaus« of the exhibition »Future Spaces. Kandinsky, Mondrian, Lissitzky in Dresden 1919 - 1932«. Admission with concert ticket (7 pm, meeting point: evening box office of the Dresden Music Festival, access via Georg-Treu-Platz)

In cooperation with the Dresden State Art Collections

  • 20:00
  • Albertinum (Lichthof)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Notos Quartett

Sun 02 Jun

Notos Quartet

Choosing unconventional paths is one of the fundamental characteristics of the Notos Quartet. Perhaps this is due to its…

Notos Quartet

Choosing unconventional paths is one of the fundamental characteristics of the Notos Quartet. Perhaps this is due to its name, which is derived from Greek mythology and means »southern wind«. Certainly, the Berlin-based young piano quartet brings a fresh breeze to concert halls. Dedicating itself to the great masterworks of the piano quartet genre, the ensemble has vowed to »strive for shared expression«. The program it has chosen for its performance at Schloss Wackerbarth is ideally suited to find such shared expressivity: Mozart’s Quartet K. 493, written immediately after »Le nozze di Figaro«, the melodic and elegant Divertissement by Jean Françaix and Robert Schumann’s only contribution to the piano quartet genre, which he composed in only five weeks.

Notos Quartet:
Sindri Lederer – Violin
Andrea Burger – Viola
Philip Graham – Violoncello
Antonia Köster – Piano

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E flat major K. 493
  • Jean Françaix: Divertissement for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano
  • Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47

Kindly supported by the State Winery of Saxony, Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert, Castle Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l 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.

Notos Quartet

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Emmanuel Tjeknavorian

Mon 03 Jun

Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie – Hentrich – Tjeknavorian

Die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie vereint hochtalentierte Streicher der Musikschulen im Alter von elf bis neunzehn…

Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie – Hentrich – Tjeknavorian

Die Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie vereint hochtalentierte Streicher der Musikschulen im Alter von elf bis neunzehn Jahren. Das vitale Spitzenensemble kommt vier- bis siebenmal im Jahr zu intensiven Probenphasen und Konzertreisen zusammen. Gemein- sam mit seinem Chefdirigenten Wolfgang Hentrich bringt es visionäre Werke mit an die Elbe, darunter Schostakowitschs Kammersinfonie op. 110a, eine vom Komponisten autorisierte Bearbeitung seines Achten Streichquartetts durch den Bratscher und Dirigenten Rudolf Barschai, sowie Haydns dem Konzertmeister am Hofe Esterházy, Luigi Tomasini, zugeeignetes Violinkonzert in D-Dur mit dem aufsehenerregenden Geiger Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, der zuletzt als »Rising Star« in den besten Konzertsälen Europas gastierte und dort für Furore sorgte.

Deutsche Streicherphilharmonie
Wolfgang Hentrich – Dirigent
Emmanuel Tjeknavorian – Violine

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Brandenburgisches Konzert« Nr. 3 F-Dur BWV 104
  • Max Bruch: Serenade nach schwedischen Volksmelodien
  • Joseph Haydn: Konzert für Violine und Orchester C-Dur Hob. VIIa:1
  • Peter Warlock: »Capriol Suite«
  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: Kammersinfonie op. 110a (eine Bearbeitung des Streichquartetts Nr. 8 von Rudolf Barschai)
  • 20:00
  • Hochschule für Musik
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Valery Gergiev

Mon 03 Jun

Berlin Concert: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre – Gergiev – Vogler

The guest appearance at Berlin’s Konzerthaus is inspired by the musical connection between the Dresden Music Festival…

Berlin Concert: Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre – Gergiev – Vogler

The guest appearance at Berlin’s Konzerthaus is inspired by the musical connection between the Dresden Music Festival and Valery Gergiev’s Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; at the same time it celebrates the close relationship between the twin cities of Dresden and St. Petersburg. The program performed in Berlin focuses on Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 2, whose demanding solo part will be performed by Jan Vogler. Composed in 1966, the work is widely considered to mark the beginning of Shostakovich’s late style. In addition, Tchaikovsky’s heavily autobiographical Symphony No. 4 and Rodion Shchedrin’s »Naughty Limericks« will be performed.

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev – Dirigent
Jan Vogler – Violoncello

  • Rodion Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No. 1 »Naughty Limericks«
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 2 Op. 126
  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36

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  • 20:00
  • Konzerthaus Berlin
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Jean Rondeau

Mon 03 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Baroque Lounge: Jean Rondeau

The Baroque Lounge offers lively entertainment at the highest musical level in a relaxed atmosphere. The French…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Baroque Lounge: Jean Rondeau

The Baroque Lounge offers lively entertainment at the highest musical level in a relaxed atmosphere. The French harpsichordist Jean Rondeau is one of the greatest discoveries on the Early Music scene – and not only because he loves musical dialogue beyond Bach & Co. Together with the equally celebrated lute player Thomas Dunford and the percussionist Keyvan Chemirani, Rondeau has founded the trio project »Jasmin Toccata«, which merges baroque and Persian rhythms and sounds in an excitingly new sound cosmos. And where could these musical ingredients result in a more relaxed and atmospheric evening than at the Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke?

Jasmin Toccata:
Jean Rondeau – Harpsichord
Thomas Dunford – Lute and Theorbo
Keyvan Chemirani – Percussion

  • Works by Keyvan Chemirani, Joan Ambrosio Dalza, George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Antonio Soler, Bernardo Storace and Robert de Visée

In Cooperation with the Händel Festival Halle

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Grigory Sokolov

Tue 04 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Piano Recital Grigory Sokolov

»His evening left no one untouched – it was a moving, overwhelming concert,« the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« wrote about one…

Cooperation Concert

Piano Recital Grigory Sokolov

»His evening left no one untouched – it was a moving, overwhelming concert,« the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« wrote about one of the breath-taking piano recitals with which Grigory Sokolov casts a spell upon audiences worldwide. Sokolov – whose career now spans half a century – is an exceptional artist. This also applies to his attitude towards mainstream media: in order to experience this legend of sound, one must attend one of his concerts, as the pianist, who lives in St. Petersburg, rejects studio recordings and almost never gives interviews. Only very recently did the Deutsche Grammophon label manage to convince Sokolov, who is known for his painstaking, almost obsessive approach to music, to at least agree to the release of live recordings.

Grigory Sokolov – Piano

 

In cooperation with DresdenMusik

Grigory Sokolov [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Orchester des Mariinsky-Theaters

Wed 05 Jun

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and its music director Valery Gergiev enjoy a special musical symbiosis. Their…

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev

The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and its music director Valery Gergiev enjoy a special musical symbiosis. Their unique musical partnership has existed for thirty years, reflected by the extraordinary renown of the orchestra, which is considered one of the world’s »Top 20« orchestras today. The musicians from Dresden’s twin city, St. Petersburg, present works from their homeland at the Kulturpalast. In addition to Scriabin’s symphonic poem »Prométhée. Le Poème du feu« and the orchestral work »Le Poème de l’extase«, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 will be performed, about which the composer wrote: »There is not a line in it that does not spring from my innermost feelings.«

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev – Conductor

  • Alexander Scriabin: »Prométhée. Le Poème du feu« Op. 60
  • Alexander Scriabin: »Le Poème de l’extase« Op. 54
  • Peter Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, EVENT SPACE OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

Presented by Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Intrada Vokalensemble

Wed 05 Jun

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

»Choral singing that could not be more soulful, homogeneous, powerful or intensive« - thus the newspaper »Sächsische…

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

»Choral singing that could not be more soulful, homogeneous, powerful or intensive« - thus the newspaper »Sächsische Zeitung« after the ensemble’s Festival debut in 2017. The Intrada Vocal Ensemble was the Festival’s surprise hit, and now it returns for two more concerts at the Dresden Music Festival. The young, Moscow-based chorus, which was founded by Ekaterina Antonenko, has now made a name for itself internationally as well, concentrating not only on performances with the leading Russian orchestras, but also with renowned European ensembles such as The Tallis Scholars and Il Giardino Armonico. At St. Anne’s Church, the singers are sure to offer highlights of choral singing.

Intrada Vocal Ensemble
Ekaterina Antonenko – Direction

  • Works by Mikhail Glinka, Arvo Pärt, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Alfred Schnittke, Rodion Shchedrin, Igor Stravinsky and Peter Tchaikovsky

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Lucas & Arthur Jussen

Thu 06 Jun

Lucas & Arthur Jussen

»The Jussen Brothers are currently the piano duo arousing the greatest enthusiasm everywhere,« the »Süddeutsche Zeitung«…

Lucas & Arthur Jussen

»The Jussen Brothers are currently the piano duo arousing the greatest enthusiasm everywhere,« the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« wrote about the keyboard artists Lucas and Arthur Jussen, who were born in Hilversum in the Netherlands into a family of musicians in 1993 and 1996. Even as children, the young pianists performed for Queen Beatrix. Ever since, they have appeared all over the world with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre and Camerata Salzburg. In addition, the two artists are praised especially for their work as a duo. At Schloss Wackerbarth, the virtuoso brothers will present groundbreaking works of four-hand piano literature.

Lucas Jussen – Piano
Arthur Jussen – Piano

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Andante and Allegro assai vivace Op. 92
  • Franz Schubert: Allegro in A minor »Storms of Life« D 947
  • Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Four-Hand Piano
  • Maurice Ravel: »Ma mère l’oye« for Four-Hand Piano
  • Igor Stravinsky: »Le sacre du printemps« for Four-Hand Piano

Kindly supported by the Saxonian State Winery, Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert, Castle Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l 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.

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen

Lucas und Artuhr Jussen [Klavier]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Carl Maria von Weber, Ölgemälde von Caroline Bardua, 1821

Fri 07 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Prize Winners Concert of the First International Carl Maria von Weber Competition

From April 24 to 28, 2019 the State Secondary Music School Carl Maria von Weber of Saxony hosts an international…

Cooperation Concert

Prize Winners Concert of the First International Carl Maria von Weber Competition

From April 24 to 28, 2019 the State Secondary Music School Carl Maria von Weber of Saxony hosts an international competition for young pianists for the first time, which will take place regularly in the future. Young pianists from all over the world up to the age of 20 can present themselves here to a high-carat jury. Besides works from all epochs, one focus is on Carl Maria von Weber’s oeuvre. This special event is accompanied by concerts and lectures. In addition to the three main prizes in each category, the Special Prize Carl Maria von Weber will also be awarded. The high point is the Prize Winners’ Concert, during which the winners present themselves to the audience of the Dresden Music Festival.

The winners and the concert program will be announced at the end of April 2019.

 

In cooperation with the Sächsisches Landesgymnasium für Musik Carl Maria von Weber

  • 19:00
  • Hochschule für Musik
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Fri 07 Jun

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Opening last year’s »Cellomania«, Yo-Yo-Ma left an enraptured audience behind. Thus, Dresden’s concertgoers may be…

Yo-Yo Ma & Kathryn Stott

Opening last year’s »Cellomania«, Yo-Yo-Ma left an enraptured audience behind. Thus, Dresden’s concertgoers may be particularly happy to hear that the star cellist, who performs rarely in Europe, returns to the River Elbe once again. The exceptional cellist performs his second Festival concert together with his long-term piano partner Kathryn Stott. Together, they dedicate themselves to Russian works: Stravinsky’s »Suite italienne« from his neo-classicistic ballet »Pulcinella«, Prokofiev’s lyrical Cello Sonata in C major, composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, and Rachmaninoff’s intense Sonata in G minor, which he dedicated to his cello-playing psychiatrist Nicolai Dahl, who successfully brought him back into musical life from the profound crisis which followed the disaster of his First Symphony.

Yo-Yo Ma, Violoncello
Kathryn Stott, Piano

  • Igor Stravinsky: »Suite italienne« for Cello and Piano
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major Op. 119
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 19
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Szenebild »Das Triadische Ballett«, Bayerisches Junior Ballett München

Fri 07 Jun

Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«

The Bauhaus movement influenced not only the visual arts, architecture and design of the 20th century, but also produced…

Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«

The Bauhaus movement influenced not only the visual arts, architecture and design of the 20th century, but also produced one of the most fascinating dance pieces of the Weimar Republic, Oskar Schlemmer’s »Triadisches Ballett« (Triadic Ballet), which was first performed in Stuttgart in 1922 and played with the concept of a triple order: space – form – colour, circle – square – triangle, movement – costume – mask. Gerhard Bohner’s spectacular choreographic revival, featuring Hans-Joachim Hespos’ music of 1977 and costumes reconstructed by Ulrike Dietrich, was one of the most successful productions in recent dance history. Twenty years after Bohner’s and seventy years after Oskar Schlemmer’s death, Ivan Liška and Colleen Scott – both former soloists in Bohner’s version – revive this groundbreaking dance experiment.

Bavarian Junior Ballet Munich in cooperation with the Berlin Academy of the Arts
Gerhard Bohner – Choreography
Colleen Scott, Ivan Liška – Ballet Masters
Hans-Joachim Hespos – Music
Ulrike Dietrich – Costume Reconstruction and New Costumes

  • Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«
»EXPERIENCE«: May 23, 6:30 pm, Lecture »Das Triadische Ballett. Figure and Space – Human and Artificial Figures in Oskar Schlemmer’s Oeuvre« at the Albertinum (Hermann-Glöckner-Raum). In cooperation with the Dresden State Art Collections

A project of Tanzfonds Erbe.

Tanzfonds Erbe – An Initiative of the Federal Cultural Foundation

  • 20:00
  • Schauspielhaus
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Klingende Stadt 2018

Sat 08 Jun

Musical City

For the fourth time, the Dresden Music Festival invites professional, hobby and amateur musicians to its grand join-in…

Musical City

For the fourth time, the Dresden Music Festival invites professional, hobby and amateur musicians to its grand join-in project. As in recent years, it will demonstrate Dresden’s musical potential, but also its level of tolerance and community spirit! Once again, many different corners of the historical city centre will resound. Any music lover can join the fun in 2019, no matter whether you are a soloist or part of an ensemble, young or old, professional or amateur, or whether classical, jazz, pop or rock music is your thing. Dancers of all genres are also invited to present their programs on the streets of the city centre.

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 1, 2019, emailing the form on our website (www.musikfestspiele.com/klingedestadt) to klingendestadt@musikfestspiele.comor fax it to + 49 (0)351 - 478 56 23.

  • 14:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Admission free
Dresden singt & musiziert 2018

Sat 08 Jun

Dresden sings & makes music

What could be a better backdrop for a celebration of music than the wonderful façade of the Frauenkirche? Once again,…

Dresden sings & makes music

What could be a better backdrop for a celebration of music than the wonderful façade of the Frauenkirche? Once again, the popular open-air concert »Dresden sings & makes music« takes place in 2019 on Neumarkt in the heart of Dresden, where the weekend ends with the traditional songfest. Various choirs from Dresden and the Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen perform favourite works and songs, inviting the audience to join in. Thomas Runge, choirmaster at the Staatsoperette Dresden, conducts. Before everyone starts singing and making music, the accordion ensemble Akkamerata, winner of the audience prize of »The City Resounds« in 2018, will put everyone in the right mood.

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen
Choruses from Dresden
Thomas Runge, Conductor

  • Open-Air Concert with Sing-Along Program

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen

  • 19:00
  • Neumarkt
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
Karina Canellakis

Sat 08 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Dresden Philharmonic – Canellakis – Tetzlaff

The mystical power of music is invoked in two of the works performed by the Dresden Philharmonic under the rising…

Cooperation Concert

Dresden Philharmonic – Canellakis – Tetzlaff

The mystical power of music is invoked in two of the works performed by the Dresden Philharmonic under the rising conductor Karina Canellakis from New York: Olivier Messiaen’s »Hymne au Saint Sacrement« and Alexander Scriabin’s »Le Poème de l’extase«, based on a poem about the creative spirit written by the composer himself. Embedded between the two is Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a dark work which occasionally drifts into the grotesque and sarcastic. When Shostakovich wrote it in 1948, he was once again pilloried by the Communist Party, and the piece disappeared in a drawer. Its world premiere only took place in 1955 with David Oistrach as the soloist. In this concert, it is performed by Christian Tetzlaff, the Philharmonic’s Artist in Residence.

Dresden Philharmonic
Karina Canellakis – Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff – Violin

  • Olivier Messiaen: »Hymne au Saint Sacrement« for Orchestra
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in A minor Op. 77
  • Alexander Scriabin: »Le Poème de l’extase« Op. 54

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Szenebild »Das Triadische Ballett«, Bayerisches Junior Ballett München

Sat 08 Jun

Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«

Die Bauhaus-Bewegung prägte nicht nur Bildende Kunst, Architektur und Design des 20. Jahrhunderts, sondern schuf mit…

Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«

Die Bauhaus-Bewegung prägte nicht nur Bildende Kunst, Architektur und Design des 20. Jahrhunderts, sondern schuf mit Oskar Schlemmers 1922 in Stuttgart uraufgeführtem »Triadischen Ballett« auch eines der faszinierendsten Tanzstücke der Weimarer Republik, das mit dem Konzept einer dreifachen Ordnung spielte: Raum – Form – Farbe, Kreis – Quadrat – Dreieck, Bewegung – Kostüm – Musik. Gerhard Bohners spektakuläre choreografische Neufassung zu Hans-Joachim Hespos’ Musik von 1977 mit von Ulrike Dietrich rekonstruierten Kostümen war eine der erfolgreichsten Produktionen der jüngeren Tanzgeschichte. Zwanzig Jahre nach Bohners und siebzig Jahre nach Oskar Schlemmers Tod ließen Ivan Liška und Colleen Scott – beides ehemalige Solisten in Bohners Fassung – dieses stilprägende Tanzexperiment wieder aufleben.

Bayerisches Junior Ballett München in Zusammenarbeit mit der Akademie der Künste Berlin
Gerhard Bohner – Choreografie
Colleen Scott, Ivan Liška – Einstudierung
Hans-Joachim Hespos – Musik
Ulrike Dietrich – Kostümrekonstruktion und Neufassung

  • Oskar Schlemmer: »Das Triadische Ballett«
»EXPERIENCE«: 23. Mai, 18.30 Uhr, Vortrag »Das Triadische Ballett. Figur und Raum – Mensch und Kunstfigur im Œuvre von Oskar Schlemmer« im Albertinum (Hermann-Glöckner-Raum). In Kooperation mit den Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden

Ein Tanzfonds Erbe Projekt.

Tanzfonds Erbe – Eine Initiative der Kulturstiftung des Bundes

  • 20:00
  • Schauspielhaus
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Samuel Kummer

Sat 08 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Organ Recital Samuel Kummer

High above the altar of the Frauenkirche sits its impressive organ. The reconstructed golden organ case covers more than…

Cooperation Concert

Organ Recital Samuel Kummer

High above the altar of the Frauenkirche sits its impressive organ. The reconstructed golden organ case covers more than a world of historical sounds. This organ has the technology of a modern concert instrument, combining a baroque disposition with a French-romantic swell. Samuel Kummer is deeply familiar with this instrument: the Frauenkirche’s organist is not only a recognized virtuoso in his field, he is also the initiator of several concert series in which the queen of instruments proves its versatility, including one aptly named »BACHzyklus« (BACH cycle). This concert is part of the latter, focusing, of course, on the oeuvre of the great Johann Sebastian Bach. His music is considered by many the culmination of Lutheran sacred music, with Bach himself the secret fifth evangelist.

Samuel Kummer – Organ

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Trio Sonata No. 5 in C major BWV 529
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto in C major BWV 594
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Arrangements

In Kooperation mit der Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden

Samuel Kummer

Samuel Kummer [Organ]

  • 21:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Dresdner Kreuzchor

Sun 09 Jun

Serenade on the Green

The traditional serenade on the green is an essential part of the Festival, at which Dresden’s famous Kreuzchor, now…

Serenade on the Green

The traditional serenade on the green is an essential part of the Festival, at which Dresden’s famous Kreuzchor, now more than 800 years old, performs a broad range of classical songs, familiar folk tunes and contemporary arrangements in the picturesque atmosphere of the Pillnitz Palace Park. (Please note that the concert begins at 5 pm this year!) This afternoon serenade under an open sky, offered by this exceptionally musical boys’ choir, never fails to enchant and is among the Music Festival’s absolute audience favourites.

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile – Conductor

Open-Air Concert

Tickets will be sold from 3 pm onwards at the concert venue (no advance sales)

 

 

  • 17:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • Ticket sales start on October 1

Sun 09 Jun

Jazz Night: Nils Landgren & Friends

After the highly successful »Long Night of the Cello« last year, this Festival features a »Jazz Night«, uniting…

Jazz Night: Nils Landgren & Friends

After the highly successful »Long Night of the Cello« last year, this Festival features a »Jazz Night«, uniting musicians who rarely share the stage. When Randy Brecker, the legendary American trumpet player, composer and Grammy winner and a former founding member of Blood, Sweat and Tears, Simon Oslender, one of the great rising talents at the piano, keyboard and Hammond organ, the inimitable Swedish cellist and bass player Lars Danielsson, the coolest of drummers, Wolfgang Haffner, the Italian composer, saxophone player and arranger Ada Rovatti, the impressive American singer China Moses and »Mr. Redhorn« Nils Landgren come together, swinging and grooving, the walls are sure to shake at the Kulturpalast.

Nils Landgren – Trombone
China Moses – Vocals
Ada Rovatti – Saxophone
Randy Brecker – Trumpet
Simon Oslender – Piano and Keyboard
Lars Danielsson – Double Bass
Wolfgang Haffner – Percussion

 

Presented by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

Andrea Lucchesini

Sun 09 Jun

Piano Recital Andrea Lucchesini

»It is a dialogue and also a contrast, a listening experience in which the interaction between the 18th-century…

Piano Recital Andrea Lucchesini

»It is a dialogue and also a contrast, a listening experience in which the interaction between the 18th-century visionary Scarlatti and Berio’s ›Microcosm‹ leads to unforeseen results at the piano« – thus Andrea Lucchesini about the clash between revolutionary and introvert. The exceptional pianist works regularly with the most important conductors of our times and is famous for his recordings of works by Beethoven, Chopin and Berio. Recording works by Berio – until he passed away in 2003 – was a particularly decisive experience for the pianist, who also performed the world premiere of Berio’s last work. The musical contest between Scarlatti and Berio forms the first half of the program. Afterwards, Lucchesini will interpret one of Schubert’s last works: the Sonata No. 20 in A major D 959.

Andrea Lucchesini – Piano

  • Works by Luciano Berio, Domenico Scarlatti and Franz Schubert

In cooperation with the series »Master Concerts« of the Moritzburg Festival

Andrea Lucchesini [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Albrechtsberg
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Mon 10 Jun

Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus«

The Hackebacke Forest is home to industrious creatures such as August Forest Mouse, artists such as Klaus Klettermaus…

Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus«

The Hackebacke Forest is home to industrious creatures such as August Forest Mouse, artists such as Klaus Klettermaus (Klaus the Climbing Mouse), who prefers singing and playing to collecting food for the winter, good-natured animals such as the Bear Family, but also gangsters such as Michel the Fox and Peter the Hedgehog, who have their own nefarious agendas… Up north, every child knows this wonderful story about »Klaus the Climbing Mouse« by the Norwegian Thorbjørn Egner, and when the Swedish jazz trombonist Nils Landgren decided to introduce children in Germany to the story, he simply wrote some music for all these animals. He is joined in this family concert by a high-carat cast of members of the JazzBaltica All Star Band and the wonderful and versatile actor and singer Dominique Horwitz. Fun for children and adults alike!

Members of the JazzBaltica All Star Band
Nils Landgren – Composition and Trombone
Dominique Horwitz – Narrator

For children aged 4 and up

The concert space »Weißer Hirsch« offers a family breakfast prior to the 11-am concert. Starting at 9:30 am, the cost per person is 19.50 € (children up to 12 pay 9 €, children under 4 free), plus the cost of a concert ticket. Reservations and detailed information via www.musikfestspiele.com and the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services.

  • 11:00
  • Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Belcea Quartet

Mon 10 Jun

Belcea Quartet

Boundless, world-class musicianship – that is what the Belcea Quartet, founded at London’s Royal College of Music in…

Belcea Quartet

Boundless, world-class musicianship – that is what the Belcea Quartet, founded at London’s Royal College of Music in 1994, stands for. The ensemble unites several nations among its members, merging its multiple influences into one musical language. »What seems to be the predominant impulse driving this music is man’s yearning for freedom, the unquenchable desire to expand his limits and to learn the truth about himself in this process,« the four musicians wrote about their recording of Beethoven’s complete string quartets. It might also serve as the motto for this concert matinee, which brings together works by the genre’s founding father Haydn and Janáček. The latter’s works, especially the Second with its sobriquet »Intimate Letters«, resonate with the composer’s love for Kamila Stösslová, who was almost forty years his junior.

Belcea Quartet:
Corina Belcea – Violin
Axel Schacher – Violin
Krzysztof Chorzelski – Viola
Antoine Lederlin – Violoncello

  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 29 in G major Op. 33/5 Hob III:41
  • Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 1 »Kreutzer Sonata«
  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet No. 76 in D minor Op. 76/2 Hob III:76 »Fifths«
  • Leoš Janáček: String Quartet No. 2 »Intimate Letters«

Belcea Quartet

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Mon 10 Jun

Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus«

The Hackebacke Forest is home to industrious creatures such as August Forest Mouse, artists such as Klaus Klettermaus…

Family Concert: »Klaus Klettermaus«

The Hackebacke Forest is home to industrious creatures such as August Forest Mouse, artists such as Klaus Klettermaus (Klaus the Climbing Mouse), who prefers singing and playing to collecting food for the winter, good-natured animals such as the Bear Family, but also gangsters such as Michel the Fox and Peter the Hedgehog, who have their own nefarious agendas… Up north, every child knows this wonderful story about »Klaus the Climbing Mouse« by the Norwegian Thorbjørn Egner, and when the Swedish jazz trombonist Nils Landgren decided to introduce children in Germany to the story, he simply wrote some music for all these animals. He is joined in this family concert by a high-carat cast of members of the JazzBaltica All Star Band and the wonderful and versatile actor and singer Dominique Horwitz. Fun for children and adults alike!

Members of the JazzBaltica All Star Band
Nils Landgren – Composition and Trombone
Dominique Horwitz – Narrator

For children aged 4 and up

The concert space »Weißer Hirsch« offers a family breakfast prior to the 11-am concert. Starting at 9:30 am, the cost per person is 19.50 € (children up to 12 pay 9 €, children under 4 free), plus the cost of a concert ticket. Reservations and detailed information via www.musikfestspiele.com and the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services.

  • 15:00
  • Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Eric Clapton

Mon 10 Jun

Final Concert Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton has been one of the greatest influences on blues rock since the 1960s and is considered one of the best…

Final Concert Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton has been one of the greatest influences on blues rock since the 1960s and is considered one of the best guitarists of all times. The rock and blues legend is the only musician ever to be represented three times in the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame – with his former bands, The Yardbirds and Cream, and as a solo artist as well. The British musician has won seventeen »Grammy Awards« and countless other trophies, as well as honours such as a medal from the British monarchy for his accomplishments in music. A personal meeting with Intendant Jan Vogler brought about the idea of performing a concert at the Dresden Music Festival – at Clapton’s request, it will take place in a concert hall, although he usually fills entire stadiums. A very special final concert indeed, bound to make Festival history.

Eric Clapton and Band

From June 6 to 12, the cinema SCHAUBURG Dresden presents the documentary »Eric Clapton. Life in 12 Bars« in a one-time series of cinema screenings. For dates, please consult www.schauburg-dresden.de

Presented by Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft

Eric Clapton

  • 20:00
  • Messe Dresden
  • Ticket sales start on October 1
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Dresden Music Festival Customer Service

Ticketservice at the Kulturpalast
Schloßstraße 2 | 01067 Dresden
Mon to Fri: 10 am – 7 pm, Sat: 9 am – 2 pm

Telephone Booking

Tel +49 (0)351–656 06 700
Mon to Fr: 9 am – 6 pm, Sat: 9 am – 3 pm

Online Booking

No fees if you book tickets via print@home at this website
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Mail Order

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P. O. Box 10 04 53 | 01074 Dresden
Fax + 49 (0) 351 - 478 56 17

Group Booking (more than 10 persons)

Tel + 49 (0) 351 - 478 56 20
gruppen@musikfestspiele.com

Booking Fees

A postage charge of 3 € (5 € if you take 7 tickets or more) will be added to tickets shipped to you. A service charge of 1.50 € is applied to tickets ordered online, by phone or by mail. A surcharge of 1.50 € per ticket applies to group bookings (10 or more persons).

Price Reductions

The following discounts are available for selected performances (excluding cooperation concerts). Proof of discount entitlement must be presented at the counter. Different types of discounts cannot be combined. Please show valid verification unasked at the entrance.

There is a 50 % discount for severely disabled persons (certified as at least 80 % disabled) and their registered escort, Dresden Pass holders, and recipients of long-term unemployment benefits and benefits of chap. 3 and 4 SGB XII and the German Social Welfare Law for Asylum-Seekers.

There is a 25 % discount for school and university students, apprentices, and those performing compulsory military or a voluntary year of social service. The above mentioned persons can also purchase LAST-MINUTE-TICKETS for performances that are not sold out for a price of 9 € per ticket, starting 20 minutes prior to the concert.
There is also a 25 % discount for Dresdner Ehrenamtspass holders on specifically marked performances.

Children's tickets: Separately declared tickets forchildren are available until the age of 14.

For COOPERATION CONCERT marked performances, prices and reductions of the cooperation partners apply. There is only a limited amount of tickets available.

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Further Ticket Agencies

Konzertkasse im Florentinum

Ferdinandstraße 12
01069 Dresden
Tel  +49 (0)351 – 86 66 00

Schillergalerie

Loschwitzer Str. 52a
01309 Dresden
Tel +49 (0)351 – 31 58 70

saxticket in der Schauburg

Königsbrücker Straße 55
01099 Dresden
Tel +49 (0)351 – 803 87 44

Dresden Information near by the Frauenkirche

Neumarkt 2
01067 Dresden
Tel +49 (0)351 – 50 15 01

SZ-Ticketservice

Tel +49 (0)351 – 840 42 002
www.sz-ticketservice.de

Tickets ar also available at all German eventim ticket agencies

www.eventim.de

Gift Certificates

Unforgettable musical highlights and atmospheric Festival moments – sounds like the ideal present. A gift certificate is the perfect way to share the magic of the Dresden Music Festival.

Booking Conditions

Gift certificates for the Dresden Music Festival’s own productions are available in any denomination. They may be purchased and redeemed in person at the Customer Service of the Dresden Music Festival, by mail, by email or online at this website. Please note that gift certificates can only be used for concerts which are not sold out. Any balance remainig will be retained; but it cannot be refunded in cash. Gift certificates are valid for three years.

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Visitor Program

Visitor Program »Zugabe«

Visitor Program »Zugabe«

»Zugabe« – One Card Many Benefits

The visitor program of the Dresden Music Festival provides many exclusive benefits surrounding the performances and the ticket booking for our festival audiences. Everybody can join it! If you book tickets for at least three performances within the festival season, you enjoy a 10 % discount (15 % in the fourth year) on these and all further tickets as well as special offers of selected cooperation partners.