Ticket Agencies & Price Reductions

Tickets

The ideal present

Gift Certificates

Special Offers

Zugabe & eXperience

Program

Michael Nyman

Thu 05 May

Opening Concert: Michael Nyman Band

A musical movement was formed in the late 60’s in the US and then in England that turned the time concept generally…

  • 19:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 55 EUR

Opening Concert: Michael Nyman Band

A musical movement was formed in the late 60’s in the US and then in England that turned the time concept generally accepted at that time on its head. Michael Nyman would become the name associated with this movement as one of its central protagonists. Minimalist music was born – an exciting, new form of music that opened up the listener’s horizon of time to a sense of endlessness with the help of motifs repeated apparently incessantly. This experimental pioneer became famous as a film score composer. He wrote the music for a number of Peter Greenaway films, among others. Together with his band, the trailblazer of minimal music now joins us on the »Long Night of Time« and in doing so launches the 2016 Dresden Music Festival.

The Artists:

Michael Nyman (Composition and Piano)
Michael Nyman Band

  • Works by Michael Nyman, including the premier performance of a composition commissioned for the evening

In cooperation with the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden

With kind support from Glashütte Original 

  • 19:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 55 EUR
buy tickets
Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Thu 05 May

The long Night of Music: »Wandelkonzert«

The launch night of the Dresden Music Festival 2016 is taking place for the first time as a »Wandelkonzert«, a concert…

  • 21:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 20 EUR

The long Night of Music: »Wandelkonzert«

The launch night of the Dresden Music Festival 2016 is taking place for the first time as a »Wandelkonzert«, a concert where listeners can stroll from one performance to the next. The »Long Night of Time« invites the audience to discover the element of time in music across varying and diverse dimensions on an acoustic and spatial level in different rooms within the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum. Starting with the timelessness of Bach's music, moving on via the interaction with time in aleatoric sound in the styles of John Cage, and onto the composition flow of sounds in Morton Feldman's extremely long works, before simply listening to music as a gentle pastime. The composition »Vexations« by Erik Satie, which will be performed by different pianists from the evening of the launch day until 11am the next morning, conveys a sense of endlessness from start to finish. And so the foyer of the Hygiene-Museum becomes in itself a place in which time unfolds and its boundaries dissipate. Guests are invited to lose themselves in endless moments of time and space, to stay through the night and to indulge themselves - waking or not - in the artistic experience of breaking boundaries. Lose yourself in time!

 

In cooperation with the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden

  • 21:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 20 EUR
buy tickets
Andris Nelsons

Fri 06 May

Boston Symphony Orchestra – Nelsons – Vogler

There are but a few dream conductor-orchestra combinations in this world. Andris Nelsons' liaison with the Boston…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 130 / 95 / 45 / 20 / 150 EUR

Boston Symphony Orchestra – Nelsons – Vogler

There are but a few dream conductor-orchestra combinations in this world. Andris Nelsons' liaison with the Boston Symphony Orchestra might just be one of these. He has been Music Director for the orchestra since 2014. The audience in the Frauenkirche, a venue chosen to compliment the comprehensive religious message of the selected program, can witness for itself the magical capabilities of this partnership. The composition »Kol Nidrei«, dedicated to cellist Robert Hausmann, is based on a Jewish prayer for the start of evening service on Yom Kippur, the most sacred festival in the Jewish calendar. The 9th Symphony of Robert Mahler, the harmonious weightlessness of which has been noted by many critics as Mahler's earthly departure, marks his final completed work as the main item on the evening's program.

The Artists:

Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (Conductor)
Jan Vogler (Violoncello)

  • Max Bruch: »Kol Nidrei«. Adagio for Violoncello and Orchestra on Hebrew melodies Op. 47
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 9 in D major

With kind support from Glashütte Original

7PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (NAVE)
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 130 / 95 / 45 / 20 / 150 EUR
buy tickets
Herbert Blomstedt

Fri 06 May

Sächsische Staatskapelle – Blomstedt – Serkin

His piano concerto was described as a »behemoth of sounds«, and Reger did indeed successfully fuse his profuse…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • sold out

Sächsische Staatskapelle – Blomstedt – Serkin

His piano concerto was described as a »behemoth of sounds«, and Reger did indeed successfully fuse his profuse inventive talent with the artistic style typical of his work. As a result, the entire work is masterfully crafted »down to the outmost sprigs«. Beethoven's 7th Symphony, which for a long time divided opinion on account of its unraveling of energies, is rhythmically sculpted to the tee. The concert marks the return of Herbert Blomstedt, the renowned former chief conductor of the Staatskapelle, and features the outstanding US pianist Peter Serkin.

The Artists:

Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden
Herbert Blomstedt (Conductor)
Peter Serkin (Piano)

  • Max Reger: Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 114
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92

In cooperation with the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden

Cullberg Ballet »11th Floor«

Sat 07 May

Cullberg Ballet Stockholm

The festival theater in Hellerau, the European Center for the Arts Dresden, continues its partnership with the Dresden…

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

Cullberg Ballet Stockholm

The festival theater in Hellerau, the European Center for the Arts Dresden, continues its partnership with the Dresden Music Festival this season as a venue for guest dance events. Founded in 1967, the Cullberg Ballet from Sweden dedicates itself to innovative choreography and diverse programming in keeping with today's zeitgeist, while also scrutinizing it in an artistic context. The dancers will be performing »11th Floor«, a piece by celebrated legend of choreography Édouard Lock. The Canadian, inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950's, created a dance based on hidden passions, on pulsating emotions and tensions. In elegant images and arresting movements, he made eleven chapters whose stories - fortified by expression and movement - are sure to enthrall the Dresden audience with live accompaniment.

The Artists:

Cullberg Ballet
Édouard Lock (Choreography, Lighting Design)
Gavin Bryars (Musical Composition)
Ulrika van Gelder (Costume Design)

  • »11th Floor«

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

FURTHER PERFORMANCES: SUNDAY, MAY 08, 8PM
Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

Sat 07 May

Classical Beats: Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

Electronic music on classical instruments - that is a particular form of zeitgeist. And with the Brandt Brauer Frick…

  • 21:00
  • Reithalle – Kulturzentrum Straße E®
  • 30 EUR

Classical Beats: Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

Electronic music on classical instruments - that is a particular form of zeitgeist. And with the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble, a new vibration is pulsating through the clubbing scene generated entirely by traditional instruments. Smart, enigmatic and impossible to pigeonhole, the musicians' sound world is unveiled as it creates »electronic sound« on instruments like the trombone, tuba, violin, violoncello, harp, piano and drums/percussion. Since the release of their album »Mr. Machine«, the ensemble has also played major festival stages and classical concert halls. So expect stirring contrasts with the ten members of the Brandt Brauer Frick ensemble bringing about clamorous noise and resounding sounds on this evening of music.

The Artists:

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

And the concert is just the start: The trio will be DJing afterwards at an after show party.

As part of our »CLASSICAL BEATS« series

With kind support from the »Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden« (»Foundation of Arts and Music for Dresden«)

BrandBrauerFrick Ensemble

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble

  • 21:00
  • Reithalle – Kulturzentrum Straße E®
  • 30 EUR
buy tickets
Cullberg Ballet »11th Floor«

Sun 08 May

Cullberg Ballet Stockholm

The festival theater in Hellerau, the European Center for the Arts Dresden, continues its partnership with the Dresden…

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

Cullberg Ballet Stockholm

The festival theater in Hellerau, the European Center for the Arts Dresden, continues its partnership with the Dresden Music Festival this season as a venue for guest dance events. Founded in 1967, the Cullberg Ballet from Sweden dedicates itself to innovative choreography and diverse programming in keeping with today's zeitgeist, while also scrutinizing it in an artistic context. The dancers will be performing »11th Floor«, a piece by celebrated legend of choreography Édouard Lock. The Canadian, inspired by jazz and film noir of the 1950's, created a dance based on hidden passions, on pulsating emotions and tensions. In elegant images and arresting movements, he made eleven chapters whose stories - fortified by expression and movement - are sure to enthrall the Dresden audience with live accompaniment.

The Artists:

Cullberg Ballet
Édouard Lock (Choreography, Lighting Design)
Gavin Bryars (Musical Composition)
Ulrika van Gelder (Costume Design)

  • »11th Floor«

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

Bohème 2020

Sun 08 May

Bohème 2020

   Under the name »Bohème 2020«, young artists of different nationalities and disciplines - such as visual and…

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 20,20 EUR

Bohème 2020

  Under the name »Bohème 2020«, young artists of different nationalities and disciplines - such as visual and performing arts, video installation, dance, literature and music - have been coming together since 2014 at the music festival. Their goal is to take over spaces within the festival in the name of spontaneity with their very own curated program. The energy of creative exchange and the authenticity of expression that the artists and also the audience have encountered in the past two years have made an impression and proven the great potential and power of this particular format. And in 2016, the music festival again invites young, professionally driven artists with an appetite for experimentation and improv to Dresden. What impulses and dimensions will be in store at this year's »Bohème«? You'll have to wait and see!

The Artists:

Artists of »Bohème 2020«

 

In cooperation with the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden

With kind support from the »Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e.V.« society 

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 20,20 EUR
buy tickets
Jerusalem Quartet

Mon 09 May

Jerusalem Quartet

Shostakovich sound-tracked the history of the 20th Century and all its dramas like no other - from the October…

  • 20:00
  • Hochschule für Musik (Konzertsaal)
  • 45 / 35 EUR

Jerusalem Quartet

Shostakovich sound-tracked the history of the 20th Century and all its dramas like no other - from the October Revolution to the Cold War. The string quartet genre stands for a reflective, introspective kind of music. This great Russian composer left behind fifteen works in this canon, and three different creative eras are to be experience at once in Dresden's conservatory, the Hochschule für Musik. The Jerusalem Quartet, one of Israel's most renowned ensembles, covers a gripping span in its program with Shostakovich's first composition for four strings from 1938 to his last in 1974. Quartet Number 8 will also ring out in the hall, which was created near Dresden in 1960 while Shostakovich was being treated for polio. Against the background of a city brought to its knees by bombing, he dedicated his work to the victims of war and fascism.

The Artists:

Jerusalem Quartet:
Alexander Pavlovsky (Violin)
Sergei Bresler (Violin)
Ori Kam (Viola)
Kyril Zlotnikov (Violoncello)

  • Dmitri Schostakowitsch: String Quartet No. 1 in C major Op. 49
  • String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110
  • String Quartet No. 15 in E flat minor Op. 144
Jerusalem Quartet

Jerusalem Quartet

  • 20:00
  • Hochschule für Musik (Konzertsaal)
  • 45 / 35 EUR
buy tickets
Lise de la Salle

Tue 10 May

Piano Recital Lise de la Salle

This young French pianist already enjoys a distinguished reputation in Dresden as a soloist. At this year's festival,…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • sold out

Piano Recital Lise de la Salle

This young French pianist already enjoys a distinguished reputation in Dresden as a soloist. At this year's festival, guests have the chance experience her up close and personal at an evening piano concert, featuring a compelling program with Beethoven and Schumann. Beethoven completed his Piano Sonata No. 3 Op. 2 in 1795 while he was in his mid twenties at a time when he was filled with joie de vivre. Lise de la Salle embarks on a journey at the Schloss Wackerbarth vineyard through Beethoven's works of this genre up to his final Piano Sonata No. 32 composed 26 years later. In addition, de la Salle will be performing Schumann's »Kinderszenen«, in itself regarded a melodic retrospective, and his Fantasy in C major, one of the composer's most passion-filled early works from a time when he was fighting for the love of Clara Wieck, who would later become his wife.

The Artists:

Lise de la Salle (Piano)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major Op. 2/3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111
  • Robert Schumann: »Kinderszenen« Op. 15
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C major Op. 17

With kind support from the Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Schloss Wackerbarth will offer a pre-concert three-course menu inspired by the festival theme for €39 including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings can be made at www.musikfestspiele.com or at our customer service center. For further information please call + 49 (0)351-895 50.

Lise de la Salle

Lise de la Salle [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • sold out
sold out
Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Knauer

Wed 11 May

Martina Gedeck & Sebastian Knauer

The American dream in music — this epitomizes the life of the great American composer and pianist George Gershwin. Son…

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 35 / 25 EUR

Martina Gedeck & Sebastian Knauer

The American dream in music — this epitomizes the life of the great American composer and pianist George Gershwin. Son of Jewish emigrants from Russia, he successfully rocketed himself from humble beginnings to the bright lights of Broadway. He garnered international acclaim with his specific »Gershwin sound«, a compound of jazz and blues mixed with classical music. Drawing on compositions and genuine accounts from his friends and contemporaries, actress Martina Gedeck and pianist Sebastian Knauer offer an insight into the all too brief life of Gershwin, who died at the age of 38, with the help of memoirs by his sister Frances. An atmospheric revue of spoken word and music, in an evening dedicated to the ethos of a composer who once said:»There is only one important thing in music and that is ideas and feeling.«

The Artists:

Martina Gedeck (Reading)
Sebastian Knauer (Piano and Conception)
Wolfgang Knauer (Text)

»American Dream – Memories of George Gershwin«
  • George Gershwin: »Songbook« (Selection)
  • »3 Preludes for Piano«
  • »Rhapsody in Blue« (for solo Piano)

Martina Gedeck gives a reading on the life of George Gershwin drawing on first-hand accounts as told by his sister Frances.

In cooperation with the Deutsche Hygiene-Museum Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 35 / 25 EUR
buy tickets
Dorothee Oberlinger

Thu 12 May

Dorothee Oberlinger & Friends

»Queen of the recorder« and the winner of two »ECHO Klassik« awards, Dorothee Oberlinger leads her audience on a very…

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

Dorothee Oberlinger & Friends

»Queen of the recorder« and the winner of two »ECHO Klassik« awards, Dorothee Oberlinger leads her audience on a very special sensual journey through music and time. Her instrument, the flute, is one of the world's oldest musical instruments enjoying a long-standing tradition both in western and eastern cultures. And so it is suited best of all to this melodic globetrotting voyage from Venice to China and Taklamakan via Constantinople. In a fascinating interaction with time and space, Oberlinger and friends combine the opposing poles of the orient and the occident, and in doing so exquisitely unite early music, folk music and new music.

The Artists:

Dorothee Oberlinger (Recorder and Director of Ensemble 1700)
Ensemble 1700: Reinhild Waldeck (Harp), Marco Testori (Baroque Cello)
Vladimir Ivanoff (Percussion and Director of Ensemble Sarband)
Ensemble Sarband: Stratis Psaradellis (Lap Violin), Celaleddin Biçer (Turkish Bamboo Flute and Psalter), Uǧur İşık (Tenor Violin)

»Taklamakan – Paradise of Air. A musical voyage from Venice to Taklaman and China via Constantinople«
  • 17th and 18th Century music from Venice, traditional dance music from Turkey and the Balkans, compositions from the seraglio of Ottoman sultans (16th to 18th Century) as well as new music, improvisation and electronic pop
Königliches Concertgebouworchester

Fri 13 May

Concertgebouw Orchestra – Bychkov – Opolais

The Elbe is set to become the backdrop to a performance by one of the world's greatest musical ensembles - the Royal…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 130 / 95 / 65 / 45 / 20 / 10 EUR

Concertgebouw Orchestra – Bychkov – Opolais

The Elbe is set to become the backdrop to a performance by one of the world's greatest musical ensembles - the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam. The evening concert dedicated to Russian Romanticism features Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff, thus uniting two greats of this era. It was Rachmaninoff's cousin who introduced him to the celebrated figure 30 years his senior. A friendship formed that proved to be all too short after the untimely death of Tchaikovsky. The works featured in the program reflect Russia's historical transition in music. And who better to bring the changing worlds of his home country to life through music than internationally renowned conductor Semyon Bychkov, accompanied by Latvian star soprano Kristine Opolais.

The Artists:

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Semyon Bychkov (Conductor)
Kristine Opolais (Soprano)

  • Peter Tchaikovsky: »Romeo and Juliet«. Fantasy-Overture after William Shakespeare for Orchestra
  • Sergej Rachmaninoff: »How beautiful it is here«. From 12 Romances Op. 21/7
  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Tatjana's Letter Scene from »Eugen Onegin«
  • Sergej Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances Op. 45
  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 130 / 95 / 65 / 45 / 20 / 10 EUR
buy tickets
Hagen Quartett

Sat 14 May

Hagen Quartet

The Hagen Quartet represents the upper echelons of quartet music. The ensemble's unmatched career began in 1981…

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

Hagen Quartet

The Hagen Quartet represents the upper echelons of quartet music. The ensemble's unmatched career began in 1981 although the artists began frequently playing together in the 1970's. Since then, a seemingly inexhaustible repertoire has emerged, a diverse taster of which will be performed on this evening. György Kurtág's »12 Microludes« for String Quartet Op. 13 from 1977 surprise with their brevity - ranging in length between 12 seconds and just under two minutes - and challenge the audience to think and listen quickly. The flow of time is tangible in Schumann's String Quartet Op. 41/1, dedicated to his friend Mendelssohn and indeed borne out of his enthusiasm for the romantic. This was premiered in 1842 with Mendelssohn in the audience. His String Quartet No. 2 also features on the program.

The Artists:

Hagen Quartet:
Lukas Hagen (Violin)
Rainer Schmidt (Violin)
Veronika Hagen (Viola)
Clemens Hagen (Violoncello)

  • György Kurtág: »12 Mikroludes« for String Quartet  Op. 13 (Homage à András Mihály)
  • Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 6 in D major Sz 114
  • Robert Schumann: String Quartet in A minor Op. 41/1
Hagen Quartett

Hagen Quartett

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
Daniel Hope

Sat 14 May

Basel Chamber Orchestra & Hope

Daniel Hope interacts with the world of music on a more multifaceted level than any other musician of our time. Indeed,…

  • 20:00
  • Martin-Luther-Kirche
  • 45 / 35 / 25 / 10 EUR

Basel Chamber Orchestra & Hope

Daniel Hope interacts with the world of music on a more multifaceted level than any other musician of our time. Indeed, this concert set in the heart of Dresden's Neustadt district sees him take to the stage not only as a soloist but also the evening's host. Together with the Basel Chamber Orchestra he spans a musical parameter stretching from Sebastian Bach to Philip Glass in a program dedicated to the centennial birthday of Yehudi Menuhin. This also includes Bechara El-Khoury's »Unfinished Journey«, commissioned by Hopes in 2009 in honor of Menuhin. Hope first performed with Menuhin at the age of eleven. Like this great humanist of the 20th Century, the Lebanese composer also drew upon the binding element of music - a characteristic that is central in this work as it spans borders between east and west.

The Artists:

Basel Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hope (Violin and Host)
Anders Kjellberg Nilsson (Violin and Direction)

»Homage to Yehudi Menuhin«
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Basso continuo in D minor BWV 1043
  • Béla Bartók: Divertimento for String Orchestra
  • Bechara El-Khoury: »Unfinished Journey« for Violin and Strings (an homage to Yehudi Menuhin)
  • Philip Glass: »Echorus« for 2 Violins and Strings (written for Edna Mitchell and Yehudi Menuhin)
  • Arvo Pärt: »Darf ich …« (May I) for Solo Violin, Bell in C sharp (ad lib.) and Strings (for Yehudi Menuhin)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra in D minor
  • 20:00
  • Martin-Luther-Kirche
  • 45 / 35 / 25 / 10 EUR
buy tickets
Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra

Sun 15 May

Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra

Andrej Hemlin and his orchestra invite the audience on a journey into the vibrant era of Swing. The musicians of…

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

Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra

Andrej Hemlin and his orchestra invite the audience on a journey into the vibrant era of Swing. The musicians of Germany's most successful swing band, a recent addition to the long list of swing stars to have graced the stage at New York's legendary Hotel Pennsylvania, offer a uniquely authentic experience and invite the audience to delve into 1930's America. Guests can look forward to Miller's popular hits, such as »In the Mood« and »Moonlight Serenade«, while also being treated to a couple of rarer numbers that Hermlin and the artists have come across while studying the legendary big band musician. With an effervescent Glenn Miller program, the Semperoper will transform into a bustling ballroom, promising a swinging start to the day.

The Artists:

Viola Manigk (Vocals)
David Rose (Vocals)
Finn Wiesner (Saxophone)
Vokalensemble The Skylarks
Swing Dance Orchestra
Andrej Hermlin (Direction and Host)

»Time of Swing«
  • »In the Mood – A Tribute to Glenn Miller«. A Glenn Miller Program
Swing Dance Orchestra

Swing Dance Orchestra

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

Sun 15 May

Serenade on the Green

At the gates to the city, the stately grounds of Pillnitz Castle offer the perfect backdrop to an afternoon serenade,…

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • sold out

Serenade on the Green

At the gates to the city, the stately grounds of Pillnitz Castle offer the perfect backdrop to an afternoon serenade, with its wealth of botanical treasures. The Dresdner Kreuzchor, the city of Dresden's oldest artistic institution, arrives at the former summer residence of Saxony's royal house for its annual serenade on the green. In the year of its internationally celebrated 800th birthday, these acclaimed young singers will - hopefully under a blue sky - offer their interpretation of the festival theme with a broad selection of folk songs, contemporary arrangements and classical works based on the coming and going of the centuries.

The Artists:

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile (Conductor)

  • »Leben in der Zeit«. Songs and choral movements on the coming and going of the centuries

The concert will take place in the Weinbergkirche church in the event that it rains.

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • sold out
sold out
Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Sun 15 May

Piano Recital Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Nothing inspires Olivier Messiaen more than birds and their song. He passionately documented birdsong from across the…

  • 19:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR

Piano Recital Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Nothing inspires Olivier Messiaen more than birds and their song. He passionately documented birdsong from across the world, in the end producing a list of over 700 different varieties. The »greatest musicians to inhabit our planet«, as he puts it, have provided the muse for his »Catalogue d’oiseaux«. The piano develops a truly unique sound as it draws on recorded material from nature and produces a stimulating experience for the listener. In this concert, Pierre-Laurent Aimard dedicates himself to a fascinating »birdsong played on keys«. This is an exclusive chance to hear this monumental project in its entirety! French composer Bernard Fort has in addition created a new piece of electronic music in the form of thirteen preludes using original birdsong recordings.

The Artists:

Pierre-Laurent Aimard (Piano)
Bernard Fort (Composition and Electro-Acoustic Execution )   

  • Bernard Fort: From »13 Préludes au Catalogue d’oiseaux«    
  • Olivier Messiaen: »Catalogue d’oiseaux«
6 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (LANGSAAL)

Concert Duration: approx. 3 Hours 40 Minutes, including 2 intermissions

Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Pierre-Laurent Aimard [Piano]

  • 19:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
Sergei Nakariakov, Till Brönner

Mon 16 May

Brönner, Nakariakov & Friends

Till Brönner and Sergei Nakariakov have much more in common than the musical instruments they play. »We come from…

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 / 10 / 8 EUR

Brönner, Nakariakov & Friends

Till Brönner and Sergei Nakariakov have much more in common than the musical instruments they play. »We come from different worlds but they're not that far apart.« One is a versatile thoroughbred jazz trumpeter with a professorship in Dresden and the other a virtuoso of the classical genre from Nizhny Novgorod in Russia. Both artists frequently embark on ventures into other genres. This time, they perform to us directly from their respective musical worlds in an experience that will prove to be something quite special, particularly on this mutual tour of discovery as they showcase a program ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach to Louis Armstrong. Joining them are pianist and accordionist Gil Goldstein, a leading artist in the jazz scene, cellist Stephan Braun and double bass player Dieter Ilg.

The Artists:

Till Brönner (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Sergei Nakariakov (Trumpet, Flugelhorn)
Stephan Braun (Cello)
Dieter Ilg (Contrabass)
Gil Goldstein (Piano, Accordion)

  • Works by Jean-Baptiste Arban, Louis Armstrong, JohannSebastian Bach, Béla Bartók, Till Brönner, Frédéric Chopin, Egberto Gismonti, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Heitor Villa-Lobos 
Ludwig van Beethoven, Ölgemalde von Joseph Karl Stieler, 1820

Mon 16 May

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle I

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is among the top players of his discipline, not purely on account of his immaculate…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle I

Greek violinist Leonidas Kavakos is among the top players of his discipline, not purely on account of his immaculate technique and virtuosity but also his deep involvement with the repertoire. Together with Italian pianist Enrico Pace, he turns his talent to Beethoven's complete sonata cycle, a milestone in the canon of violin literature. This passionate chamber musician has previously recorded the works on CD, causing a storm among the press and music fans alike. Across the course of these three evenings, both artists perform at Dresden's atmospheric palace in the Great Garden - a spectacular treat for music lovers kicking off with two works from Opus 30 and Opus 12.

The Artists:

Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
Enrico Pace (Piano)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 6 in A major Op. 30/1
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in E flat major Op. 12/3
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major Op. 12/2
  • Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 7 C minor Op. 30/2

Pick two concerts from the Beethoven cycle and receive a discount of 20%, pick three and receive a discount of 30%.

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
Leonidas Kavakos

Tue 17 May

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle II

Beethoven wrote all of his violin sonatas during the early stage of his career between 1797 and 1803, with the…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle II

Beethoven wrote all of his violin sonatas during the early stage of his career between 1797 and 1803, with the exception of Opus 96. In between, the composer developed creatively from audacious hotspur to mature visionary and this concert portrays this exciting transition on his artistic road to becoming a truly great composer. In the latter half of the »Beethoven Trilogy«, Leonidas Kavakos and Enrico Pace perform the popular »Spring Sonata« alongside Opus 23 and the last sonata in its all its sublime humility. Whereas Opus 12 may be criticized as being »heavily laden with unusual difficulties«, one can marvel at the »original, fiery and bold spirit« of the piece. These musical delights and more await you on our second evening of Beethoven's works.

The Artists:

Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
Enrico Pace (Piano)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 4 in A minor Op. 23
  • Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 5 in F major Op. 24 »Spring Sonata«
  • Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 10 in G major Op. 96

Pick two concerts from the Beethoven cycle and receive a discount of 20%, pick three and receive a discount of 30%.

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
David Garrett

Wed 18 May

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Wellber – Garrett

The »king of crossover« returns to his classical roots in this performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • sold out

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra – Wellber – Garrett

The »king of crossover« returns to his classical roots in this performance with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Together with Israel's most important musical advocates - our orchestra in residence this year - David Garrett treats his audience to Tchaikovsky's acclaimed violin concerto composed in 1878. In a program rich in contrasts, including Israeli composer Michael Wolpe's »The Return of the Jackals« who will be joining us on the evening, Shostakovich's 1939 Symphony No. 6 harks back to humankind's darkest hour. Closely tied to Jewish culture, the Soviet composer was an active opponent of anti-Semitism, and not just in his later 13th Symphony »Babi Jar«.

The Artists:

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Omer Meir Wellber (Conductor)
David Garrett (Violin)

  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 35
  • Michael Wolpe: »The Return of the Jackals«
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch: Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 54
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (NAVE)
Enrico Pace

Thu 19 May

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle III

The third part of our Beethoven cycle offers music-lovers yet another insight into his canon of violin sonatas together…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR

Kavakos Beethoven Cycle III

The third part of our Beethoven cycle offers music-lovers yet another insight into his canon of violin sonatas together with top violinist Leonidas Kavakos and his partner Enrico Pace on piano. Once more we turn to Opus 12 and 30 before closing on the famous »Kreutzer Sonata«. Completed in 1803 alongside his monumental 3rd Symphony, it joins »Eroica« in smashing the barriers of scope and virtuosity that once reigned in this genre. It is this innovative spirit that Kavakos cites in explaining his involvement with Beethoven's œuvre: »You are always discovering something new - not in order to literally devise something but in order to better serve the work.«

The Artists:

Leonidas Kavakos (Violin)
Enrico Pace (Piano)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 1 in D major Op. 12/1
  • Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 8 in G major Op. 30/3
  • Sonata for Piano and Violin No. 9 in A major Op. 47 »Kreutzer Sonata«

Pick two concerts from the Beethoven cycle and receive a discount of 20%, pick three and receive a discount of 30%.

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
Omer Meir Wellber

Thu 19 May

Musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Wellber

Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be'er Sheva and belongs to the world's most creative young conductors. He started his…

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)
  • sold out

Musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Wellber

Omer Meir Wellber was born in Be'er Sheva and belongs to the world's most creative young conductors. He started his musical education in piano and accordion at the early age of five. From the age of ten onwards, he began receiving lessons in composition. This up-and-coming talent will be performing Mozart's quintet arrangement of the piano concerto KV 414 as a soloist together with musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the small castle courtyard. Cadences steeped in the style of Jewish folk music offer an exquisite taster leading up to the second half of the concert, which sees the musicians find profound expression for messages of peace and reconciliation via the sounds of their respective home countries (the US, Russia, Germany, Iraq and South America, to name but a few).

The Artists:

Musicians of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Omer Meir Wellber (Piano)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Violin in A major KV 414 (Piano Quintet arrangement)
  • Jewish and Arabic Folklore

 

In cooperation with the Dresden State Art Collections, your concert ticket includes free entry to the permanent exhibition »Worldview and Wisdom around 1600« (Residenzschloss, first floor) as the venue opens its doors to our guests from 7:30pm to 9pm. You are also invited to take part in a tour of the exhibition at 8pm (meeting point: castle model at the Sophienstraße entrance).

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)
  • sold out
sold out
Marek Janowski

Fri 20 May

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne – Janowski – Steinbacher

As Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, Marek Janowski was a huge influence on musical life in Dresden for…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 EUR

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne – Janowski – Steinbacher

As Principal Conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic, Marek Janowski was a huge influence on musical life in Dresden for several years at the turn of this century. With a tailor-made program, the Frauenkirche welcomes back this famous orchestral conductor as he continues to work with the highest precision on his musical repertoire. Janowski enjoys a particularly special reputation for his work with Bruckner, whose 9th and final symphony, dedicated to »the love of God«, rejoices in an almost mythical kind of worship. Further heavenly dimensions enthrall in Ralph Vaughan Williams' 1914 Romance for Violin and Small Orchestra in a piece that propels the lark to great heights - a bravura performance by Arabella Steinbacher, one of the most prolific violinists of a generation.

The Artists:

WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Marek Janowski (Conductor)
Arabella Steinbacher (Violin)

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: »The Lark Ascending«
  • Ernest Chausson: »Poème« for Violin and Orchestra Op. 25
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D minor WAB 109
Virtuosi Saxoniae

Sat 21 May

Virtuosi Saxoniae & Güttler

The name Ludwig Güttler goes hand in hand with the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche. Celebrated worldwide for his…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 76 / 56 / 31 / 16 EUR

Virtuosi Saxoniae & Güttler

The name Ludwig Güttler goes hand in hand with the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche. Celebrated worldwide for his trumpet playing, the conductor was not only a spokesman for the citizens' initiative that started rebuilding this place of worship from the rubble of war, he also helped to initiate the far-reaching call for donations that generated an international response for rebuilding this symbol of atonement. Güttler founded Virtuosi Saxoniae back in 1985, which predominantly features musicians of the Staatskapelle Dresden as they dedicate their efforts to Europe's musical heritage of the 18th Century. With works by Bach, Fasch, Handel and Telemann, this diverse ensemble reignites the musical luster of baroque, accompanied by the Sächsisches Vocalensemble as part of the music festival's 2016 program.

The Artists:

Virtuosi Saxoniae
Sächsisches Vocalensemble (Production: Matthias Jung)
Ludwig Güttler (Soloist and Conductor)
AnnekathrinLaabs (Alto)
Albrecht Sack (Tenor)
Egbert Junghanns (Bass)

  • Georg Philipp Telemann: Concerto for 3 Trumpets, Oboes, Bassoon, Timpani, Strings and Basso continuo in D major
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings and Basso continuo in D minor BWV 1043
  • Georg Friedrich Handel: Concerto a due cori for 2 Trumpets, 4 Corni da Caccia, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Timpani, Strings and Basso continuo in D major HWV 335a
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto in D major No. 2 for 2 Corni da Caccia, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso continuo, among other works

 

In cooperation with the Frauenkirche Dresden Foundation and Virtuosi Saxoniae

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat 21 May

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Wellber

In a historic line-up of international stars and Dresden choirs, Mahler's 8th resounds in the Kreuzkirche, bombed…

  • 20:00
  • Kreuzkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 / 10 EUR

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra & Wellber

In a historic line-up of international stars and Dresden choirs, Mahler's 8th resounds in the Kreuzkirche, bombed during the war and resurrected in 1989 as a symbol of political revolution. A massive gathering of eight soloists, two large mixed choirs, one boys' choir, a full symphony orchestra, a separate brass ensemble and an organ makes for a fitting cast for this »Symphony of a Thousand«. But the work also owes its name to the global lyrical influences reaching from Pentecostal hymns of the Middle Ages to Goethe's »Faust«. The composer himself declared this symphony the greatest that he had ever created. »Try to imagine the whole universe beginning to ring and resound.« This is a work that simultaneously encapsulates time while allowing a breath of eternity to breeze through.

The Artists:

Musicians of the Symphony Orchestra of Dresden's Hochschule für Musik
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Prague Philharmonic Choir
Singakademie Dresden
Universitätschor Dresden
Knabenchor Dresden
Children's Choir of the Singakademie Dresden
Omer Meir Wellber (Conductor)
Hila Baggio (Soprano)
Rachel Willis-Sørensen (Soprano)
Sarah Jane Brandon (Soprano)
Waltraud Meier (Alto)
Gala el Hadidi (Alto)
Stefano Secco (Tenor)
Christoph Pohl (Bariton)
Gábor Bretz (Bass)

  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 8 E flat major »Symphony of a Thousand«
9 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (NAVE)
Marie Bäumer

Sun 22 May

»The Swan of Catania«

Bel canto, literally »fine song«, is the classic Italian school of singing technique. The term is also associated with…

  • 20:00
  • Schauspielhaus
  • 55 / 40 / 25 / 10 EUR

»The Swan of Catania«

Bel canto, literally »fine song«, is the classic Italian school of singing technique. The term is also associated with Italy's golden age of opera in the 19th Century, during which intriguing vocal artists dazzled and dominated the world of opera with their refined voices of exquisite musical beauty. The dramaturgical potential to excite and entertain at this peak of Italian opera will be once again brought to life by the great and multi-talented actress Marie Bäumer as she recites selected texts. Numerous trouvailles gleaned from Bellini and Verdi's collection of masterpieces make up the interpretations of rare chamber arias specifically created for this exceptional premier. The Schauspielhaus welcomes a top-class line-up of musicians to its stage to celebrate the world of bel canto.

The Artists:

Marie Bäumer (Recitation)
Ludmilla Bauerfeldt (Soprano)
Pavel Kolgatin (Tenor)
Daniel Kotlinski (Bass-Baritone)
Raffaele Cortesi (Piano and Direction)
String Ensemble and Brass

»The Time of the Bel Canto«
  • The exciting story of the golden age of bel canto in Italy, told by Marie Bäumer – drawing on seldom heard chamber arias by Vincenzo Bellini and Giuseppe Verdi (premier performance).

With a three-course bel canto menu in Restaurant william to accompany your evening of music. This superb menu includes an aperitif for just €38.00 per person. Snacks and drinks can also be pre-ordered. For bookings call + 49 (0)351 -65 29 82 20

 

 

  • 20:00
  • Schauspielhaus
  • 55 / 40 / 25 / 10 EUR
buy tickets
Jan Vogler

Mon 23 May

Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Lan Shui – Vogler

For the third time, the music festival travels to Berlin as a cultural ambassador for Dresden, this season bringing…

  • 20:00
  • Berliner Philharmonie
  • 55 / 45 / 35 / 30 / 25 / 15 / 8 EUR

Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Lan Shui – Vogler

For the third time, the music festival travels to Berlin as a cultural ambassador for Dresden, this season bringing with it the musical heart of the city. The evening's soloist Jan Vogler has already performed with this top-class orchestra from Singapore and its Chief Conductor Lan Shui. This time they gather to present a varied program, highlights of which include Robert Schumann's 1850 cello concerto Op. 129 and Richard Strauss' »Rosenkavalier Suite«. The audience can look forward to a premier performance by Chen Zhangyi, played together with Ravel's brilliant waltz study, »La Valse«, to top off an exciting musical experience.

The Artists:

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui (Conductor)
Jan Vogler (Violoncello )

  • Chen Zhangyi: Work for Orchestra (premier)
  • Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 129
  • Richard Strauss: »Der Rosenkavalier«. Suite for Orchestra
  • Maurice Ravel: »La Valse«. Poème choréographique
  • 20:00
  • Berliner Philharmonie
  • 55 / 45 / 35 / 30 / 25 / 15 / 8 EUR
buy tickets
Daniil Trifonov

Mon 23 May

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Honeck – Trifonov

This concert allows the Dresden music festival to build on the huge success of 2010, when this world-class ensemble…

  • 20:00
  • Albertinum
  • 75 / 55 / 35 EUR

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra – Honeck – Trifonov

This concert allows the Dresden music festival to build on the huge success of 2010, when this world-class ensemble first came to the city with its Music Director Manfred Honeck. This time the musicians will be performing Haydn's Symphony No. 93, which he wrote during his first trip to London, and Tchaikovsky's 4th (»fateful sounds of a sensitive soul«). Joining them this evening is pianist Daniil Trifonov. The young musician approaches music with a high sensitivity that has earned him praise among critics, the press and his audience. For him personally, Franz Liszt's first piano concerto is a program highlight written by a voice of a generation.

The Artists:

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (Conductor)
Daniil Trifonov (Piano)

  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 93 in D major Hob. I: 93
  • Franz Liszt: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in E flat major
  • Peter Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 36

 

With kind support from Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen  

In cooperation with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, your ticket includes free entry to the second floor of the Albertinum during its additional opening hours between 6:30pm and 8pm (»From Impressionism to Gerhard Richter«). You can also join us as we »journey through the ages« on a tour of the Albertinum's artworks (7pm, meeting in the foyer at Georg-Treu-Platz).

Curtis Institute of Music

Tue 24 May

Young Artists of the Curtis Institute I

The legendary Curtis Institute in Philadelphia is one of the world's biggest melting pots of talent. The conservatory…

  • 20:00
  • Hochschule für Musik (Konzertsaal)
  • 35 / 25 EUR

Young Artists of the Curtis Institute I

The legendary Curtis Institute in Philadelphia is one of the world's biggest melting pots of talent. The conservatory boasts celebrated students such as Leonard Bernstein, Hilary Hahn and Lang Lang and we look forward with anticipation to its two chamber music concerts at the Dresden Music Festival. The first concert combines works from different eras and ensembles, thus offering an exemplary environment for presenting this musical band of motivated artists when students, alumni and the school's president perform together. Alongside Mozart's serene »Kegelstatt Trio«, David Ludwig's »Our Long War« also features this evening as a score for a poem by Katie Ford. In a powerful finale, the evening closes with Messiaen's »Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps« (»Quartet for the End of Time«), composed and premiered in a prisoner-of-war camp in Görlitz.

The Artists:

Rachel Sterrenberg (Soprano)
José Franch-Ballester (Clarinet)
Stephen Tavani (Violin)
Roberto Díaz (Viola)
Zachary Mowitz (Violoncello)
Chelsea Wang (Piano)

»Curtis on Tour«
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: »Kegelstatt Trio« in E flat major KV 498
  • David Ludwig: »Our Long War« for Soprano, Violin and Piano
  • Olivier Messiaen »Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps« (»Quartet for the End of Time«)
Musiker des Curtis Institute

Wed 25 May

Young Artists of the Curtis Institute II

The second evening concert with these talented (up-and-coming) musicians from Philadelphia offers a journey through the…

  • 20:00
  • Hochschule für Musik (Konzertsaal)
  • 35 / 25 EUR

Young Artists of the Curtis Institute II

The second evening concert with these talented (up-and-coming) musicians from Philadelphia offers a journey through the music of the 20th Century. Stravinsky wrote his theatrical work »L’Histoire du Soldat« in 1917/18 while in exile in Switzerland. It was originally intended for travelling theater and small casts. This evening's arrangement for clarinet, violin and piano emerged in 1919 bringing together five movements under the title »Suite«. The highlight of the evening is Max Bruch's eight short works consisting of chamber music composed for his son Felix. Shostakovich's vocal cycle »Seven Romances«, written in 1967 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution, is a nuanced approach to the historical significance of this time, making for a rousing end to this special evening of music.

The Artists:

Rachel Sterrenberg (Soprano)
José Franch-Ballester (Clarinet)
Stephen Tavani (Violin)
Roberto Díaz (Viola)
Zachary Mowitz (Violoncello)
Chelsea Wang (Piano)

»Curtis on Tour«
  • Igor Strawinsky: Suite from »L’Histoire du Soldat« for Clarinet, Violin and Piano
  • Max Bruch: Eight pieces Op. 83 for Clarinet, Viola and Piano (Selection)
  • Dmitri Shostakovitch: Seven Romances on poems by Alexander Blok for Soprano, Violin, Cello and Piano Op. 127
Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory

Thu 26 May

Prize-Winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to present to you the prize winners for the XV International Tchaikovsky…

  • 19:30
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 30 EUR

Prize-Winners of the Tchaikovsky Competition

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to present to you the prize winners for the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition in the violoncello category. The event has become the world's most significant music competition since it started in 1958, every year welcoming the best up-and-coming talent in piano, violin, violoncello and singing. On this »Long Night of the Cello« prize winners offer a taste of what they can do, providing a glimpse at their demanding repertoire in an exciting reunion with Jan Vogler. He met the young musicians as a member of the jury in Saint Petersburg, where he first had the idea to invite these three cellists to the festival stage of Schloss Wackerbarth.

The Artists:

Andrei Ionita ( Violoncello)
Alexander Ramm ( Violoncello)
Alexander Buzlov (Violoncello)

»Long Night of the Cello«

With kind support from the Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Schloss Wackerbarth will offer a pre-concert three-course menu inspired by the festival theme for €39 including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings can be made at www.musikfestspiele.com or at our customer service center. For further information please call + 49 (0)351-895 50.

Concert Duration: approx. 3 hours 40 minutes, including 2 intermissions

Probenfoto Dresdner Festspielorchester

Thu 26 May

Baroque Lounge: Musicians of the Dresden Festival Orchestra

Yodeling, dancing and celebrating - it's all go in this year's baroque lounge. Musicians of the festival orchestra have…

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • 35 EUR

Baroque Lounge: Musicians of the Dresden Festival Orchestra

Yodeling, dancing and celebrating - it's all go in this year's baroque lounge. Musicians of the festival orchestra have taken it upon themselves to once and for all banish the preconception that baroque music is a serious business. Taking a quick look at the program, we're optimistic that they will succeed in this task. Works by Vivaldi and Corelli will be performed alongside traditional Austrian dance and entertainment music, with improv at the heart of the evening. The Watzke ballroom and brewery provides an ideal environment with its relaxed, fun atmosphere for an evening of virtuosic improvisation.

The Artists:

Musicians of the Dresden Festival Orchestra
Alexander Janiczek (Violin)

»Barock goes Stadl!«
  • Works by Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi as well as traditional Austrian dance music and popular music

 

With kind support from the »Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e.V.« society

A public reception for the society will also take place in conjunction with the event.

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • 35 EUR
buy tickets
Spark – Die klassische Band

Fri 27 May

Classical Beats: Spark – The Classical Band

The classical music scene has found in Spark an exciting new voice. This exceptional quintet, which was awarded an…

  • 21:00
  • Reithalle – Kulturzentrum Straße E®
  • 30 EUR

Classical Beats: Spark – The Classical Band

The classical music scene has found in Spark an exciting new voice. This exceptional quintet, which was awarded an »ECHO Klassik« in 2011, combines the finesse of classical chamber music with the energy of a rock band. The five young musicians have been taking the world's music venues by storm since 2007 in celebration of an exhilarating mix of post-classical and minimal music with avant-garde elements. »Time and Again« - this refers to the idea of repetition, of re-emerging impressions burned into the consciousness of the listener through reiteration, and ultimately to a timeless phenomenon in music. Spark brings this »time and again« both audibly and physically to the fore via the mirror of time. With true virtuosity, it intertwines renaissance music, traditional songs and dance beats with baroque music, pop and modern sounds.

The Artists:

Spark:
Andrea Ritter (Recorder)
Daniel Koschitzki (Recorder, Melodica)
Stefan Glaus (Violin, Viola)
Victor Plumettaz (Cello)
Mischa Cheung (Piano)
Sven Laux (DJ)

»Time and Again«
  • Works by Bunch, Ince, Meijering, Mendelssohn, Motschmann, Telemann, Vivaldi i. a.
DJ Sven Laux will be performing after the concert.

As part of our »CLASSICAL BEATS« series

With kind support from the »Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden« (»Foundation of Arts and Music for Dresden«)

Spark

Spark - The Classical Band

  • 21:00
  • Reithalle – Kulturzentrum Straße E®
  • 30 EUR
buy tickets
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Sat 28 May

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

»British humor and musicality from head to toe: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain brought the Semperoper to its…

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • sold out

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

»British humor and musicality from head to toe: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain brought the Semperoper to its knees at the Dresden Music Festival«. This was response from the magazine »FOCUS« when the eight members of the ensemble first played here three years ago, bringing with them arrangements ranging from classical to pop to jazz. The festival is delighted to welcome these chipper London musicians back in 2016. Founded by George Hinchliffe and Kitty Lux 31 years ago, this orchestra knows how to enjoy itself in a typically British comedy show on instruments hailing originally from Hawaii as it fills the concert hall with a fantastically plucky sound.

The Artists:

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  • The ukulele stands at the forefront of this ensemble's music: whether rock 'n' roll, pop, classical or jazz – nothing is out of bounds for this UK-based orchestra and its versatile miniature instruments!

 

With kind support from the Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

The Ukulele Orchestra od Great Britain

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • sold out
sold out
Klingende Stadt 2016

Sat 28 May

»ODE TO JOY«

Musical City 2016

Under the motto »Ode to Joy«, all of Dresden's musicians, both amateur and professional, are invited to make music in…

  • 15:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Eintritt frei

Musical City 2016

Under the motto »Ode to Joy«, all of Dresden's musicians, both amateur and professional, are invited to make music in the city center of Dresden on this day and to show the musical potential within them and their city. Friedrich Schiller's message in his famous poem - to reconcile the nations - forms a banner for this day. An orchestra and choir that is put together for the project will perform the fourth movement of the Ninth Symphony with the support of professional festival musicians. At the same time various other venues are filled with music presenting the results of week-long rehearsals: one day, one motto, many exceptional places... and the whole city of Dresden makes music. With this project the Festival wants to set an example and show Dresden’s open-minded, integrative side. Friedrich Schiller's message in his famous poem - to reconcile the nations - forms a banner for this day.

Click here for more informationen on how to join and apply
  • 15:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Eintritt frei
free entrance
Albrecht Koch

Sat 28 May

Organ Recital Albrecht Koch

With 35 concerts annually and up to 400 organ performances as part of tours, Freiberg Cathedral has become one of the…

  • 17:00
  • Freiberg's Dom St. Marien
  • 25 / 65 EUR

Organ Recital Albrecht Koch

With 35 concerts annually and up to 400 organ performances as part of tours, Freiberg Cathedral has become one of the most important centers for church music in Saxony in its 300 year existence. Since 2008, Dresden-born Albrecht Koch, a former choir boy himself, has been cantor and organ player at the cathedral, playing one of the most significant baroque instruments for church music - a great organ built in in the workshop of Gottfried Silbermann between 1711 and 1714. Concert guests will experience its reverberant sound in a program designed by Koch in keeping with the theme, »Timeless: B.A.C.H.«, featuring spectacular performances of organ compositions written by and dedicated to Johann Sebastian Bach.

To mark cathedral cantor and organ player Albrecht Koch's performance on the Silbermann organ of Freiberg Cathedral, the Dresden Music Festival invites you on a guided bus tour. Starting at the Carolabrücke in Dresden, guests will be taken to the birthplace of Silbermann in Kleinbobritzsch and then to the Silbermann Museum in Frauenstein. The journey ends in Freiberg, where there is time before the concert for a trip to the visitors' workshop in Silbermann House. Here a professional will reveal more about the Silbermann organ to be played this very evening. Guests will receive a more detailed itinerary on booking.( Silbermann Organ daytrip with an expert tour guide: Leaving at 10pm under the Carolabrücke bridge)

The Artists:

Albrecht Koch (Organ)

»Timeless: B.A.C.H.«
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major BWV 564
  • Johann Ludwig Krebs: »Fantasia à gusto italiano« in F major, Fugue in B flat major on B-A-C-H;
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fuga from 3 Sogetti (Fragment) from: »The Art of Fugue« BWV 1080
  • Tilo Medek: »B-A-C-H«. Four Notes for Organ
  • Robert Schumann: Fugue No. 6 from: 6 Fugues on B-A-C-H for Organ Op. 60
  • Erland Hildén: »B-A-C-H Mass« for Organ
  • Carl Piutti: »Gedenkblatt« Op. 32 No. 8
  • Franz Liszt: Prelude and Fugue on B-A-C-H for Organ (early version)
Albrecht Koch

Albrecht Koch [Organ]

  • 17:00
  • Freiberg's Dom St. Marien
  • 25 / 65 EUR
buy tickets
Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui

Sat 28 May

Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Lan Shui – Gil Shaham

Singapore has successfully developed a top-class orchestra in a short space of time. Founded in 1979, the Singapore…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 EUR

Singapore Symphony Orchestra – Lan Shui – Gil Shaham

Singapore has successfully developed a top-class orchestra in a short space of time. Founded in 1979, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra embodies the historical transition and the musical development of Asia. Following a successful visit to the music festival in 2010, the ensemble returns to Dresden under the direction of Lan Shui, who has elevated the orchestra to new heights in East Asia. This year their program features a new composition by Chen Zhangyi, who shares her home city with the orchestra. In addition, a shining star in the future of violin music, Gil Shaham, will be playing one of the most beautiful violin concertos of all time.

The Artists:

Singapore Symphony Orchestra
Lan Shui (Conductor)
Gil Shaham (Violin)

  • Chen Zhangyi: Work for Orchestra (Dresden Premiere)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in E minor Op. 64
  • Arnold Schönberg »Verklärte Nacht« (»Transfigured Night«) Op. 4
  • Maurice Ravel »La Valse«. Poème choréographique

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung durch die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 EUR
buy tickets
Papiertheater Nürnberg

Sun 29 May

Children's Concert: »Playing with Time«

It's not just the adults focusing on the theme of time at this year's Dresden Music Festival. Time is a puzzle,…

  • 15:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • sold out

Children's Concert: »Playing with Time«

It's not just the adults focusing on the theme of time at this year's Dresden Music Festival. Time is a puzzle, invisible but felt by all, relentless but untouchable. Everyone has time on his or her hands, and yet so many complain: "I've not got time!" and "Where does the time go?" This concert, a cooperation with mini.musik in Munich and Nuremberg's Papiertheater, encourages children to take part. They can explore the mysterious concept of time with the help of marvelously prosaic light and shadow plays and of course lots of music. Where does time start? And where does it stop? The musicians join presenter Uta Sailer of Bavarian state radio and actor Johannes Volkmann from Papiertheater Nuremberg in inviting young music fans to get involved and sing, play and marvel their way through the wonder of time.

The Artists:

Tobias Kaiser (Flute)
Gunter Pretzel (Viola)
Masako Ohta (Piano)
Johannes Volkmann (Visuals, Scene, Concept)
Uta Sailer (Presentation, ConCept)

 

In cooperation with the Deutschen Hygiene-Museum Dresden

On the day of the event the concert tickets can be exchanged for a family ticket (two adults, two children) for the exhibitions of the Hygiene Museum Dresden.

Uta Sailer

Uta Sailer [Conzert Pedagogue and Host]

  • 15:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • sold out
sold out
New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden , Michael Hurshell

Sun 29 May

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden – Hurshell – Ringel

The New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic of Dresden presents works from its specialist repertoire in this concert - outlawed…

  • 17:00
  • Neue Synagoge
  • 35 / 30 EUR

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden – Hurshell – Ringel

The New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic of Dresden presents works from its specialist repertoire in this concert - outlawed works by composers with Jewish heritage. These testimonials of a previous life emerged between 1896 and 1950 and include a Dresden premier of the viola concerto by Dutch composer Leo Smit, who was murdered in 1943. This evening's soloist is an ambitious viola player from Israel called Itamar Ringel, who promises a haunting interpretation of Paul Hindemith's famous »Trauermusik«. The evening is then rounded off by Korngold's sublime »Symphonic Serenade«.

The Artists:

New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden
Michael Hurshell (Conductor)
Itamar Ringel (Viola)

  • Alexander von Zemlinsky: 3rd Movement from String Quartet No. 1 in A major Op. 4 (arrangement: Michael Hurshell)
  • Leo Smit: Concerto for Viola and String Orchestra
  • Moishe Vainberg: 3rd Movement from Trio Op. 48 (arrangement: Michael Hurshell)
  • Paul Hindemith: »Trauermusik« for Viola and String Orchestra
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: »Symphonic Serenade« for String Orchestra in B flat major Op. 39

In cooperation with the New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic Dresden

Igor Levit

Sun 29 May

Dresden Philharmonic – Sinaisky – Levit

Two great composers come together in this evening of music with the Dresden Philharmonic, as the orchestra welcomes…

  • 19:30
  • Albertinum
  • 36 / 34 / 32 EUR

Dresden Philharmonic – Sinaisky – Levit

Two great composers come together in this evening of music with the Dresden Philharmonic, as the orchestra welcomes Vassily Sinaisky, one of Russia's most celebrated conductors, to the podium. When Beethoven composed his famous 5th piano concerto in 1809, the popularity of a once exalted Napoleon was waning, and yet he stood with his troops at the gates to Vienna. Heroic and intimate, this piece is a personal favorite for pianist Igor Levit, who belongs to the most talented musicians of his generation. The inspirational quality of private observations is proven in Richard Strauss' »Sinfonia domestica«, which was dedicated to his wife Pauline and their son Franz. According to the composer, it portrays a day in the life of the family. In 1905, one year after its premier, Strauss conducted this piece himself in a performance in Dresden

The Artists:

Dresden Philharmonic
Vassily Sinaisky (Conductor)
Igor Levit (Piano)

»Beethoven and Strauss«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73
  • Richard Strauss: »Sinfonia domestica«, Op. 53

In Cooperation with the Dresdner Philharmonie

Blechbläser der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sun 29 May

Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker shows what a brass instrument is really capable of. The musicians of…

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

Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker

The Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker shows what a brass instrument is really capable of. The musicians of this acclaimed ensemble not only dedicate themselves to orchestral music but also each turn their hand to solo performance, doing so with extraordinary enthusiasm and inquisitiveness. This group and the big sound it creates have developed a long history of exciting tours and numerous recordings. The versatility of brass is therefore not only shown in classical performance, but also in ventures into tango and jazz. This all makes for a diversely rich and vibrant program for this concert in the Annenkirche.

The Artists:

Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker:
Trumpet: Gábor Tarkövi, Tamás Velenczei, Georg Hilser, Guillaume Jehl, Martin Kretzer
Horn: Klaus Wallendorf
Trombone: Christhard Gössling, Olaf Ott, Thomas Leyendecker, Jesper Busk Sørensen, N.N.
Tuba: Alexander von Puttkamer

  • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Irving Berlin, Claude Debussy, John Dowland, Duke Ellington, Erroll Garner, Frederick Loewe, Astor Piazzolla, Dmitri Schostakowitsch, Kurt Weill and others
Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

Blechbläserensemble der Berliner Philharmoniker

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
Lars Vogt, Aaron Pilsan

Mon 30 May

Lars Vogt & Aaron Pilsan

A very special form of musical dialogue will take place in this piano concert in Dresden's Great Garden when two…

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

Lars Vogt & Aaron Pilsan

A very special form of musical dialogue will take place in this piano concert in Dresden's Great Garden when two generations of piano playing meet on one stage. Lars Vogt, one of the leading artists on his instrument, joins Aaron Pilsan, his promising and motivated young student, in inviting the audience to join them on an evening of Schubert and Bach. The first half of the concert kicks off in style with a special kind of piano duet. The nostalgia of Franz Schubert's Fantasia for Four-Hands rings out in a piece considered to be a key work in the composer's career. It contrasts »Wanderer Fantasy«, which Pilsan will perform solo. The evening finishes with Johann Sebastian Bach's legendary »Goldberg Variations« as interpreted by Lars Vogt.

The Artists:

Lars Vogt (Piano)
Aaron Pilsan (Piano)

  • Franz Schubert: Fantasia in F minor for Piano four hands D 940 (Op. 103)
  • Franz Schubert: Fantasia in C major for Piano D 760 (Op. 15) »Wanderer Fantasy«
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Goldberg Variations« BWV 988
Please note change of venue!

Because of an event with Herbert Grönemeyer at the Glücksgas Stadion Dresden at the same time, the concert takes place at the ANNENKIRCHE.

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
buy tickets
»Sound & Science«

Tue 31 May

Sound & Science: »The Secret of Music and Time«

As part of the »Sound & Science« series, the Dresden Music Festival brings together music and science in an exciting…

  • 21:00
  • TU Dresden Biologische Institute
  • 20 EUR

Sound & Science: »The Secret of Music and Time«

As part of the »Sound & Science« series, the Dresden Music Festival brings together music and science in an exciting context. Following the theme of »Creativity«, which was conveyed and explored through sound in 2015, music psychologist Dr. Thomas Schäfer and pianist Jan Gerdes are out to unveil the secret of music and time. What is, for example, a moderate tempo? And why do slower pieces seem more emotional than faster ones? Music can make time seem slower or speed it up, it can chase away boredom or it can deactivate our concept of time completely - and selected samples on piano will show this. Whether actively or emotionally, music can determine the speed of our lives - what better reason to look deeper into the meaning of this phenomenon?

The Artists:

Dr. Thomas Schäfer (Music Psychologist)
Jan Gerdes (Piano)

 

As part of the »SOUND & SCIENCE« series – a cooperation with the TU Dresden

  • 21:00
  • TU Dresden Biologische Institute
  • 20 EUR
buy tickets
Anneleen Lenaerts

Wed 01 Jun

Harp Recital Anneleen Lenaerts

The harp is a heavyweight among other solo instruments, despite its typically gentle and flowing sound. Anneleen…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 30 EUR

Harp Recital Anneleen Lenaerts

The harp is a heavyweight among other solo instruments, despite its typically gentle and flowing sound. Anneleen Lenaerts, a Belgian-born harp player, has earned a name for herself as one of the leading musicians on this heavenly string instrument at the young age of 27. Since 2010, she has been principal harpist of the Vienna Philharmonic and already has an impressive number of awards and recordings under her belt. Once again, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a stage to special young artists full of potential, and Anneleen Lenaerts is sure to strike a blow for this marvelous instrument with her virtuosic performance of a multifaceted program ranging from Back and Fauré to Debussy and Spohr in a spellbinding evening for our guests.

The Artists:

Anneleen Lenaerts (Harp)

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004
  • Bedřich Smetana: »The Moldau«
  • Gabriel Fauré: »Une châtelaine en sa tour« Op. 110
  • Rafaël D’Haene: »Toccata Fantasia«
  • Claude Debussy: »Clair de Lune« from »Suite bergamasque«
  • Ekaterina Walter-Kühne: Fantasia on themes from the opera »Eugen Onegin«
  • Louis Spohr: Fantasia in C minor Op. 35, among others

With kind support from the Sächsische Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Schloss Wackerbarth will offer a pre-concert three-course menu inspired by the festival theme for €39 including a glass of sparkling wine on arrival. Bookings can be made at www.musikfestspiele.com or at our customer service center. For further information please call + 49 (0)351-895 50.

Anneleen Lenaerts

Anneleen Lenaerts [Harp]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 30 EUR
buy tickets
Dresdner Kammerchor

Thu 02 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Dresdner Kammerchor – Rademann – Okur

Written between 1796 and 1798, »The Creation« was one of Joseph Haydn's most significant contributions to the oratorio…

  • 20:00
  • Kreuzkirche
  • 55 / 40 / 30 / 20 / 10 EUR

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Dresdner Kammerchor – Rademann – Okur

Written between 1796 and 1798, »The Creation« was one of Joseph Haydn's most significant contributions to the oratorio canon. As if the big bang had been composed in music, he portrays the beginning of time itself and in doing so manipulates a fantastical narrative of nature. The audience will see for itself to what extent »the elements work up a storm« in an arrangement uniquely choreographed by Yaman Okur. The Turkish-born breakdancer, who now lives in Paris, has already worked with the likes of Madonna and the Cirque du Soleil and tonight he will collaborate with the evening's top-class musicians.

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Dresdner Kammerchor
Hans-Christoph Rademann (Conductor)
Regula Mühlemann (Soprano)
Daniel Behle (Tenor)
Georg Zeppenfeld (Bass)
Yaman Okur (Choreography, Concept)

  • Joseph Haydn: »The Creation«. Oratorio for three Solo Voices, Choir and Orchestra Hob. XXI: 2 (choreographed version)
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (NAVE)
Tora Augestad & Music for a While

Fri 03 Jun

Tora Augestad & Music for a While

Founded by singer and actress Tora Augestad in 2004, the »Music for a While« ensemble unites some of the best musicians…

  • 20:00
  • Gebäudeensemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
  • 30 EUR

Tora Augestad & Music for a While

Founded by singer and actress Tora Augestad in 2004, the »Music for a While« ensemble unites some of the best musicians in Norway's jazz scene. »Norway's unsung queen of cabaret« has brought together a true dream team, which has already released three CD recordings together, which were well received by both press and public. Loud, proud and with an unmistakably unique style, the musicians continue to enchant not only with works from the 1920's but also in their interpretations of classical songs and arias. This allows the musicians to join us at the festival in scaling musical boundaries of time and genre as they offer their own spin on works by composers from Purcell to Schubert in a program full of color and surprises.

The Artists:

Music for a While:
Tora Augestad (Vocals)
Stian Carstensen (Accordion)
Mathias Eick (Trumpet)
Martin Taxt (Tuba)
Pål Hausken (Percussion)

»Classical Variations«
  • Works by John Dowland, Georg Friedrich Händel, Henry Purcell, Franz Schubert, Kurt Weill, among others
  • 20:00
  • Gebäudeensemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
  • 30 EUR
buy tickets
Quartett der Kritiker (2015)

Sat 04 Jun

Quartet of Critics

Robert Schumann's concerto for violoncello and orchestra is considered to be the first great violoncello concerto, and…

  • 15:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • Eintritt frei

Quartet of Critics

Robert Schumann's concerto for violoncello and orchestra is considered to be the first great violoncello concerto, and it remains popular to this day. Two orchestras - who in fact could not be more different - will perform Schumann's one and only concerto for this instrument at the music festival. On this afternoon, well-known music journalists and jurors from the »German Record Critics' Award« will go through this piece with a fine toothcomb, taking the best recordings into consideration that have really brought forward the interpretational history of this piece. Our audience can look forward to an exciting and diverse critique of the composition and its interpretations. You can also make up your own mind at the workshop concert afterwards and in the performance in the Semperoper the following day!

The Participants:

Eleonore Büning (»Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«)
Sabine Fallenstein (Südwestrundfunk)
Christian Kröber (Freelance Music Critic)
Kai Luehrs-Kaiser (»Die Welt«, »FONO FORUM«)

 

In Cooperation with the »German Record Critics' Award«

  • 15:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • Eintritt frei
free entrance
Werkstattkonzert (2015)

Sat 04 Jun

Workshop Concert

The workshop concert has become a well established format at the festival and this year members of the Dresden Festival…

  • 17:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 25 EUR

Workshop Concert

The workshop concert has become a well established format at the festival and this year members of the Dresden Festival Orchestra will be placing the cello center stage with Jan Vogler. The focus of the evening's discussion will be placed on Robert Schumann and his violoncello concerto, which he wrote in Düsseldorf just a few days after leaving Dresden. It belongs to the most exemplary pieces from the latter half of his working life. Vogler and the Festival Orchestra rediscover this flawless work on strings and with original instruments.

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton (Conductor)
Jan Vogler (Violoncello and Host)
Bernhard Hentrich (Expert Guest and Discussion Partner)

  • Schumann in Dresden and the development of the violoncello up to Romanticis.
Dresden singt & musiziert (2015)

Sat 04 Jun

Dresden sings meets Trombone Day

There's no music festival without »Dresi«, as the traditional sing-along concert on the Brühlsche Terrasse has come to…

  • 20:00
  • Schlossplatz/Brühlsche Terrasse
  • Eintritt frei

Dresden sings meets Trombone Day

There's no music festival without »Dresi«, as the traditional sing-along concert on the Brühlsche Terrasse has come to be affectionately known. But in 2016, »Dresden sings and makes music« takes on a different tune with the German Evangelical Trombone Day taking place on the same day. The world's largest get-together of trombone choirs takes place on the Elbe - with 16,000 brass instruments taking over Dresden. The exciting musical gathering on this Saturday will be launched with a fanfare by the German Brass ensemble, composed especially for our famous singsong on the terrace steps. Guests will then be invited to join in with the choir on a vibrant musical journey with fresh, brassy arrangements. So don't be shy - sing along!

The Artists:

Philharmonischer Kinderchor Dresden
Philharmonischer Chor Dresden
Singakademie Dresden
Konzertchor Leipzig and further Choirs
German Brass
Gunter Berger (Musical Direction)
Andrea Thilo (Presentation)

  • Open-air concert with a sing-along program

In cooperation with the German Evangelical Trombone Day

Dresdner Festspielorchester

Sun 05 Jun

Final Concert: Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Vogler

Five years since its creation, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and its top-class musicians have developed into one of…

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • sold out

Final Concert: Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Vogler

Five years since its creation, the Dresden Festival Orchestra and its top-class musicians have developed into one of the highlights of the festival circuit and music scene. This year, the ensemble places emphasis on the 19th Century in yet another example of its dedication to historically informed practice. Jan Vogler will also perform Robert Schumann's cello concerto with each subtle nuance ringing out as if back in the day it was written. Ludwig van Beethoven explored his own music in new ways when he wrote his »Fate Symphony« in the age of revolution, and this work not only befits the evening finale with its huge sound - it marks a powerful end to this year's festival.

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton (Conductor)
Jan Vogler (Violoncello)

  • Johannes Brahms: Variations for Orchestra in B flat major on a theme by Joseph Haydn Op. 56a
  • Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 129
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67
  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • sold out
sold out

Tickets

 

Dresden Music Festival Customer Service

Weiße Gasse 8
01067 Dresden

Mon to Fri: 10 am – 6 pm, Sat: 10 am – 4 pm

Telephone Booking

Tel +49 (0)351–656 06 700

Mon to Fr: 9 am – 6 pm, Sat: 9 am – 3 pm

Online Booking

besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

Mail Order

Dresden Music Festival
Customer Service
P. O. Box 10 04 53
01074 Dresden

Group Booking (more than 10 persons)

Contact: Steffi Sobiech
Tel + 49 (0) 351 - 478 56 20
Fax + 49 (0) 351 - 478 56 23
gruppen@musikfestspiele.com

Booking Fees

A postage charge of 3 € (5 € if you take 7 tickets or more) will be added to invoiced mail order tickets. A service charge of 1.50 € is levied for tickets ordered online, by phone or by mail. A fee of 1.50 € per ticket will be charged for group bookings (10 or more persons).

Price Reductions

The following discounts are available for selected performances (excluding the tour to Freiberg). 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.

25 % discount for elementary and high school students, vocational school trainees, those performing compulsory military or a voluntary year of social service. 50 % discount enjoy the above mentioned persons on tickets for performances that are not sold out 30 minutes before the start.

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.

25 % discount for Dresdner Ehrenamtspass holders on specifically marked performances.

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

Customer Service

Customer Service

Dresden Music Festival Customer Service

Weiße Gasse 8, 01067 Dresden
Mon-Fri: 10am – 6pm, Sat: 9am – 4pm

Konzertkasse im Florentinum

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

Saxticket im Filmtheater Schauburg

Bischofsweg/Corner Königsbrücker Straße
Tel +49 (0)351 – 803 87 44

Schillergalerie

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

and all German eventim ticket agencies

www.eventim.de

SZ-Ticketservice

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

Tourist Information near by the Frauenkirche

QF-Passage
Neumarkt 2, 01067 Dresden

Tourist Information at the Main Station

Hauptbahnhof
Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden

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.

Buy Gift Certificate

Special Offers

Visitor Program »ZUGABE«

Visitor Program »ZUGABE«

»Zugabe«

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! Premium members book tickets for at least three performances within one festival season and enjoy a 10 % discount (15 % in the fourth year) on these and all further tickets as well as special offers of selected cooperation partners.

»eXperience«

Tickets at the price of 15 € for selected concerts including supporting program for guests of the Dresden Music Festival until the age of 30 (can be purchased at the customer service of the Dresden Music Festival, subject to availabilty, proof of discount entitlement must be presented). For more information click here

Experience

Experience