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Daniel Barenboim

Fri 23 May

Opening Concert: Staatskapelle Berlin & Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim is one of the truly great musicians of our times, and at the same time he is an impressive champion of…

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

Opening Concert: Staatskapelle Berlin & Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim is one of the truly great musicians of our times, and at the same time he is an impressive champion of peace and humanism all over the world. There is no orchestra he has worked more enduringly than with the Staatskapelle Berlin, where he has been Chief Conductor since 1992. The musical handwriting developed over more than twenty years will characterize the Opening Concert of this year’s Music Festival, where two overtures by Richard Wagner will be performed – core repertoire for Barenboim and »his« Staatskapelle, whose interpretations are almost considered legendary. For more than twenty years, Richard Strauss himself was Kapellmeister at the Orchestra of the Berlin Court Opera, today’s State Opera. His monumental tone poem »Ein Heldenleben« will throw the brilliance and virtuosity of the famous orchestra into high relief, especially given the work’s very large orchestration.

The Artists:

Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim [Conductor]

  • Richard Wagner: Overture to »Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg«
  • Prelude and »Liebestod« from »Tristan und Isolde«
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Richard Strauss: »Ein Heldenleben« Op. 40

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)


The concert will be broadcast live on Deutschlandradio Kultur and MDR Figaro.


  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 130 / 95 / 65 / 45 / 20 / 10 EUR
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Dresden singt & musiziert

Sat 24 May

Dresden Sings & Makes Music

Every year, the traditional »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« concert takes place with the impressive backdrop of the…

  • 19:00
  • Brühlsche Terrasse
  • free

Dresden Sings & Makes Music

Every year, the traditional »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« concert takes place with the impressive backdrop of the Schlossplatz – not only is it an open-air event, but it is open to everyone, even in the musical sense: for many songs, the audience is cordially invited to join in the singing. The »2014 Stair Singing« at the Brühlsche Terrasse will be led by the Singakademie Dresden and its conductor Ekkehard Klemm in honor of the Singakademie’s 130th anniversary. True to this season’s theme, the »anniversary singers« and their choral colleagues will unfold a colorful program from the 20s of five centuries, framed by Weber’s »Freischütz« Overture and the Finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The Artists:

Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen, Singakademie Dresden, Members of Dresden Choirs, the Berliner Singakademie, Jenaer Madrigalkreis, Münchner Motettenchor and further members of the Association of German Concert Choirs, Ekkehard Klemm [Conductor], Andrea Thilo [Moderation] et al.

  • Works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Arthur Honegger, Zoltán Kodály, Franz Schubert, Heinrich Schütz, Antonio Vivaldi, Carl Maria von Weber as well as folk songs and songs from five centuries
Michale Sanderling

Sat 24 May

Dresdner Philharmonie – Sanderling – Toradze

The freshness Michael Sanderling has brought with him as Chief Conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie since his…

  • 19:30
  • Albertinum
  • sold out

Dresdner Philharmonie – Sanderling – Toradze

The freshness Michael Sanderling has brought with him as Chief Conductor of the Dresdner Philharmonie since his appointment in 2011 is also reflected in the rare and precious program of this concert: the Dance Suite written by Béla Bartók in 1923 for the 50-year-anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest, compelling in its elementary rhythmic diversity, is followed by Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, completed in 1921. It is one of the most popular works in this genre, and the Georgian pianist Alexander Toradze is known to audiences worldwide as a master of the romantic repertoire. Kurt Weill began working on his second symphony while still living in Berlin, completing it one year later in Paris. »This work«, the composer reflected, »expresses the renewal which exile signified for my music«.

The Artists:

Dresdner Philharmonie
Michael Sanderling
[Conductor] Alexander Toradze [Piano]

  • Béla Bartók: Dance Suite Sz 77
  • Sergey Prokofiev: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C-Major Op. 26
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Kurt Weill: Symphony No. 2

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)

 

In cooperation with the Dresdner Philharmonie

  • 19:30
  • Albertinum
  • sold out
sold out
Mark Morris Dance Group

Sat 24 May

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, a reformer of the dance scene and the »most gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era« (»Time…

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

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, a reformer of the dance scene and the »most gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era« (»Time Magazine«) is a living legend. In 1980 he founded his own company, which opened its first permanent home in the USA in Brooklyn in 2001. The choreographer and his Dance Group stand for innovative and potent dance theater full of fantastic images. Groundbreaking cooperative projects with contemporary composers and musicians underscore Mark Morris’ love for music. Morris’ first guest appearance in Dresden – not only as a choreographer, but also as a conductor - will demonstrate how closely dance and music are connected and what fascinating stories result from this connection. For the legendary piece »Falling Down Stairs« Jan Vogler, who performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Third Cello Suite for Cello, and Mark Morris share the stage for the first time.

The Artists:

Mark Morris Dance Group, Dresdner Kammerchor, Mark Morris [Choreographer, Conductor], Georgy Valtchev [Violin], Jan Vogler [Cello], Colin Fowler [Piano, Organ]

Dancer bios can be found here

  • »Jesu, Meine Freude«. Music: J.S. Bach, »Jesu, meine Freude« BWV 227
  • »Falling Down Stairs«. Music: J.S. Bach, Suite for Cello solo No. 3 in C-Major BWV 1009
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • »Grand Duo«. Music: Lou Harrison, »Grand Duo for Violin and Piano«

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (intermission included)

 

Generously supported by Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen  

Further performance date: Sunday, May 25

Mark Morris Dance Group

Sun 25 May

Warm-up for Everyone

Where formerly sumptuous baroque feasts were celebrated, dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group recreate the atmosphere…

  • 10:00
  • Zwinger
  • free

Warm-up for Everyone

Where formerly sumptuous baroque feasts were celebrated, dancers of the Mark Morris Dance Group recreate the atmosphere of the legendary New York dance studios: in front of the imposing façade of the Zwinger, they invite you to join their morning warm-up – sure to provide not only movement, but also enjoyment. Everybody is invited to participate in this energetic start to the day. (Please bring comfortable clothes and sports shoes.)

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • 10:00
  • Zwinger
  • free
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Marc Morris Dance Group

Sun 25 May

Workshop for Professional Dancers

Mark Morris, a living legend of contemporary American dance, has influenced generations of dancers with his…

  • 11:30
  • Schauspielhaus
  • 25

Workshop for Professional Dancers

Mark Morris, a living legend of contemporary American dance, has influenced generations of dancers with his choreographies and projects. Professional dancers and those in pre-professional training have the opportunity to participate in a workshop dedicated to the special methods and work of the master, together with members of the Mark Morris Dance Group.

The number of available slots is limited.

Registration and further information is available from info@musikfestspiele.com, Tel. +49 351-478 56 0.

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris Dance Group

  • 11:30
  • Schauspielhaus
  • 25
Matthias Goerne

Sun 25 May

Song Recital Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne, a master of emotions, has enjoyed a brilliant career on the opera stage and as a song recitalist. His…

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

Song Recital Matthias Goerne

Matthias Goerne, a master of emotions, has enjoyed a brilliant career on the opera stage and as a song recitalist. His highly differentiated interpretations have made a name for the baritone internationally, and now he brings a fascinating program to his guest appearance in Dresden. Goethe’s »Wilhelm Meister« inspired Franz Schubert to write his »Gesänge des Harfners«. However, the revered prince among poets left the two letters by which Schubert sent him various songs, one in 1816 and one in 1825, unanswered. Two composers chose Michelangelo’s poems, published in 1623, for their settings: Hugo Wolf and Dmitri Shostakovich. These are flanked by compositions by Alban Berg and Johannes Brahms – an artfully designed vocal program, perfect for the atmospheric venue of the Palais im Großen Garten.

The Artists:

Matthias Goerne [Baritone]
Alexander Schmalcz [Piano]

  • Alban Berg: »Vier Lieder« Op. 2
  • Franz Schubert: »Gesänge des Harfners« D478-480
  • Johannes Brahms: »Vier ernste Gesänge« Op. 121
  • Hugo Wolf: »Drei Gedichte von Michelangelo«
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: »Suite on Verses of Michelangelo Buonarotti« Op. 145 (Selection)

Concert duration: 1 hour 25 minutes (no intermission)

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Mark Morris Dance Group

Sun 25 May

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, a reformer of the dance scene and the »most gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era« (»Time…

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

Mark Morris Dance Group

Mark Morris, a reformer of the dance scene and the »most gifted choreographer of the post-Balanchine era« (»Time Magazine«) is a living legend. In 1980 he founded his own company, which opened its first permanent home in the USA in Brooklyn in 2001. The choreographer and his Dance Group stand for innovative and potent dance theater full of fantastic images. Groundbreaking cooperative projects with contemporary composers and musicians underscore Mark Morris’ love for music. Morris’ first guest appearance in Dresden – not only as a choreographer, but also as a conductor - will demonstrate how closely dance and music are connected and what fascinating stories result from this connection. For the legendary piece »Falling Down Stairs« Jan Vogler, who performs Johann Sebastian Bach’s Third Cello Suite for Cello, and Mark Morris share the stage for the first time.  

The Artists:

Mark Morris Dance Group, Dresdner Kammerchor, Mark Morris [Choreographer, Conductor], Georgy Valtchev [Violin], Jan Vogler [Cello], Colin Fowler [Piano, Organ]

Dancer bios can be found here

  • »Jesu, Meine Freude«. Music: J.S. Bach, »Jesu, meine Freude« BWV 227
  • »Falling Down Stairs«. Music: J.S. Bach, Suite for Cello solo No. 3 in C-Major BWV 1009
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • »Grand Duo«. Music: Lou Harrison, »Grand Duo for Violin and Piano«

Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (intermission included)

 

Generously supported by Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

Les Arts Florissants

Mon 26 May

Les Arts Florissants

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is celebrated the world over for its spirited and authentic…

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

Les Arts Florissants

The vocal and instrumental ensemble Les Arts Florissants is celebrated the world over for its spirited and authentic interpretations of Early Music repertoire, as well as its pioneering work in the field of historical performance practice. Claudio Monteverdi also went down in history as a pioneer of Western music: his »L’Orfeo« is celebrated today as the »first opera«. However, his madrigals are also considered veritable key works of the transition from late renaissance to early baroque, especially the Seventh Book, written on the cusp of the 1620s. The diverse compositions contain the whole palette of emotions – small dramas shaped by the capable hands of these renowned musicians.

The Artists:

Les Arts Florissants
Paul Agnew [Conductor]

  • Claudio Monteverdi: 7th Book of Madrigals, »Concerto«

7:00 pm Pre-concert talk (in the nave)

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 55 / 40 / 25 / 10 EUR
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Mon 26 May

Energizing Music : The Knights NYC meet Bohème 2020

Our young audience can expect exciting impulses at an additional event that is the prelude to a new series called…

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden: Hochspannungshalle and Altana Galerie
  • 10 EUR

Energizing Music : The Knights NYC meet Bohème 2020

Our young audience can expect exciting impulses at an additional event that is the prelude to a new series called »Sound & Science« with the TU Dresden. As performance venue an unusual location was chosen: Hochspannungshalle (high voltage hall) und ALTANA Galerie of the TU Dresden. That not only the arts but also the technical disciplines received important impulses from the »Golden 20s« is proven by the foundation of the Technische Universität Dresden in 1828. Here the Music Festival opens a platform for a creative encounter within its concert season. At the Hochspannungshalle, in front of the futuristic backdrop of huge high-voltage insulators the ensemble The Knights from New York meets the artists of the »Bohème 2020«, performing Stravinsky’s  »A Soldier's Tale«. The second part of the program takes place at the ALTANA Galerie, founded as place for the dialogue between science and the fine arts around the turn of the century. In Lounge-like ambience the evening ends with chamber music, works by Philip Glass and electronic sounds by a DJ.

The Artists:

The Knights
Artists of the »Bohème 2020«

  • Igor Stravinsky: »L'Histoire du soldat« (»A Soldier's Tale«) (Hochspannungshalle)
  • - Intermission -
  • Philip Glass: Suite from the Opera »Orphée« as well as chamber and electronic music (Altana Galerie)

As part of sound & science - a cooperation of the Dresden Music Festival and the Technische Universität Dresden

With generous support from Gesellschaft »Freunde der Dresdner Musikfestspiele« e.V.

 

 

The Knights

The Knights

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden: Hochspannungshalle and Altana Galerie
  • 10 EUR
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Sabine Meyer & Freunde

Tue 27 May

Sabine Meyer and Friends

The star-studded clarinet ensemble Trio di Clarone offers a musical journey to 1920s Paris as its anniversary program,…

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

Sabine Meyer and Friends

The star-studded clarinet ensemble Trio di Clarone offers a musical journey to 1920s Paris as its anniversary program, for which it joins forces with the multi-talented jazz clarinetist and composer Michael Riessler and the hand organ virtuoso Pierre Charial. Music by Stravinsky, Satie, Milhaud and Riessler takes the audience to the smoke- and perfume-filled air of the salons and jazz bars of Paris, between the Champs-Élysées and the Moulin Rouge. Sabine Meyer, one of the world’s most sought-after soloists today, joins Pierre Charial and his 150-kilo instrument and the audience in exploring the breathtaking art of the French »organ grinder«. This fascinating »music machine«, which produces a devilish swing at its master’s touch, is considered the »Stradivari« among hand organs.

The Artists:

Trio di Clarone: Sabine Meyer [Clarinet], Wolfgang Meyer [Clarinet, E-flat-Clarinet], Reiner Wehle [Clarinet, Bass Clarinet]; Michael Riessler [Bass Clarinet, Saxophone], Pierre Charial [Hand Organ]

  • »Paris mécanique«: From the Champs-Élysées to Moulin Rouge – a musical journey through the salons and jazz bars of 1920s Paris. Works by Leroy Anderson, Jean Françaix, Scott Joplin, György Ligeti, Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Michael Riessler, Erik Satie, Igor Stravinsky.

Concert duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

 

For special offers in conjunction with the State Art Collections Dresden, see here.

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)
  • 45 / 35 EUR
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Karen Gomyo

Tue 27 May

Karen Gomyo & Ismo Eskelinen

Karen Gomyo is considered one of the rising young soloists of the USA. For some time now, she has also been active and…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 25 EUR

Karen Gomyo & Ismo Eskelinen

Karen Gomyo is considered one of the rising young soloists of the USA. For some time now, she has also been active and very successful on the European music scene. On the concert podium at Wackerbarth Palace, she presents an unusual constellation – a duet with the Finnish guitarist Ismo Eskelinen, one of the most intriguing guitarists of our times. The virtuosic fireworks unleashed by the two of them will include works by Giuliani, Tartini and Vivaldi, among others. However, Niccolò Pagainini’s works take pride of place: the composing »Devil’s violinist« was also an outstanding guitarist and gave about 100 concerts towards the end of the 1820s, when he spent almost two years traveling through Germany.

The Artists:

Karen Gomyo [Violin]
Ismo Eskelinen [Guitar]

  • Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata for Violin and Basso continuo in A-Major Op. 2/2 RV31  
  • Pietro Antonio Locatelli: Sonate da camera in D-Minor for Violin and Basso continuo Op.6/12  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Sonata in a-Minor for Violin and Guitar from »Centone di Sonate« Op.64/1  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Caprice for Violin solo in B-flat Major »Devil's Laughter « Op. 1/13  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Caprice for Violin solo in E-flat Major Op. 1/14  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Caprice for Violin solo in A-Major Op. 1/21  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Caprice for Violin and Guitar in A-Minor Op. 1/24 (Version of the composer)  
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Mauro Giuliani: »Rossiniana« for Guitar solo Op.119/1  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Sonata for Violin and Guitar in A-Major op.2/1 
  • Niccolò Paganini: Romanza from Grand Sonata for Guitar and Violin Op.53  
  • Niccolò Paganini: Variationi on »O mamma, mamma cara« from »Il carnevale di Venezia«, Op. 10    

Concert duration: 1 hour 15 minutes (intermission included)

 

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a menu inspired by the Festival motto. Three courses cost 37 Euros. Reservations can be made at the Visitor Services department of the Dresden Music Festival; further information is available at +49 (351) 8955-0.

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 25 EUR
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The Knights

Wed 28 May

The Knights

They have returned to Dresden: the New York-based ensemble The Knights – the discovery of the 2009 Festival. In the…

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

The Knights

They have returned to Dresden: the New York-based ensemble The Knights – the discovery of the 2009 Festival. In the meantime, the young orchestra with its boundless joy and spirit of discovery has found its well-deserved place on the international music scene. Two joint CDs document the close relationship between the musicians and the Festival. One of them features the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the same soloists as in this concert, and the recording exudes an impressive freshness which will also be evident at the Semperoper. The evening ends with Beethoven’s radiant Sixth Symphony. Honegger’s symphonic poem »Pastorale d’été« for chamber orchestra from 1920 and Feldman’s homage to his childhood piano teacher form an intriguing contrast to these works.

The Artists:

The Knights
Eric Jacobsen [Conductor]
Colin Jacobsen [Violin]
Jan Vogler [Cello]
Antti Siirala [Piano]

  • Arthur Honegger: »Pastorale d’été«. Poème symphonique
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C-Major Op. 56
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Morton Feldman: »Madame Press Died Last Week at Ninety«
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C-Major KV 551 »Jupiter«

Concert duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (intermission included)


The Philharmonics

Thu 29 May

The Philharmonics & Hampson

After their great success in 2012, the Festival audience can look forward to a musical reencounter with the…

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

The Philharmonics & Hampson

After their great success in 2012, the Festival audience can look forward to a musical reencounter with the Philharmonics. The ensemble was founded in 2007 by Tibor Kováč, a violinist in the Vienna Philharmonic, and it consists of him and three other members of the famous Viennese orchestra, one member of the Berlin Philharmonic, a pianist and a jazz violinist. They are joined on stage for the first time by Thomas Hampson, one of our era’s most sought-after singers of opera, concerts and songs. An American is never far from Broadway, and thus the program features Gershwin, Porter and Kern, but also works by Strauss, since 2014 is an anniversary year for that composer. Finally, the fact that Kováč once played a Guarneri violin owned by Fritz Kreisler is not the only reason why this sparkling and lively matinee would not be complete without compositions by the legendary violin virtuoso!

The Artists:

The Philharmonics
Thomas Hampson [Baritone]

  • Richard Strauss: »Rosenkavalier Suite«
  • Fritz Kreisler: »Marche Miniature Viennoise«
  • Maurice Ravel: »La Valse«
  • Jerome Kern: »Make Believe« from »Show Boat«
  • Kurt Weill: »Mack the Knife«
  • George Gershwin: »Rhapsody in Blue« and »I Got Rhythm« from »Girl Crazy«
  • Cole Porter: »Let’s Fall in Love« etc.

(Arrangements: Tibor Kováč and Ferry Janoška)

Concert duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (intermission included)

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

Thu 29 May

»Life in This Time«

The ensemble of the Staatsoperette Dresden has been successfully exploring so-called »radio music« since 2005 –…

  • 19:30
  • Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden
  • 23 EUR

»Life in This Time«

The ensemble of the Staatsoperette Dresden has been successfully exploring so-called »radio music« since 2005 – compositions commissioned during the 1920s by the newly founded radio stations, eager to display the technical possibilities of this new mass communication medium and to engage broad audiences. The result was a new, suspenseful genre: radio plays with texts that were equally current and timeless and with memorable, striking music that combined various contemporary music trends of the Weimar Republic. One of the best examples of its kind is Edmund Nick’s radio play »Leben in dieser Zeit« (»Life in this Time«), first broadcast in 1929 and based on a text collage by Erich Kästner. It was successful not only on the radio, but also in the concert hall and on the theater stage.

The Artists:

Orchestra, Chorus and Soloists of the Staatsoperette Dresden Andreas Schüller [Conductor]

  • Walter Gronostay: »Mord«. An Audio Play (Text by the composer)
  • »Chicago Weizen zieht an«. Radio Cantata in Three Parts (Text by the composer)
  • Edmund Nick: »Leben in dieser Zeit«. Lyrical Suite in three movements (Text: Erich Kästner)  

 

In cooperation with Staatsoperette Dresden  

6:30 pm Pre-concert talk (on the rehearsal stage)

  • 19:30
  • Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden
  • 23 EUR
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Anoushka Shankar

Thu 29 May

Anoushka Shankar

Born in London, Anoushka Shankar received a comprehensive music education in sitar playing thanks to her father, the…

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

Anoushka Shankar

Born in London, Anoushka Shankar received a comprehensive music education in sitar playing thanks to her father, the legendary musician Ravi Shankar. Long a star of classical Indian music, she also experiments successfully with a mixture of Indian and Western styles. Together with her musicians, Anoushka Shankar presents excerpts from her new program »Traces of You« at the Semperoper. The program focuses on a very personal search for the traces left by her famous father, her own multi-cultural background and the influence of many years of globetrotting life on herself and her musical work. Through this exploration, she manages to create a resounding bridge between the traditions of her homeland and various Western music styles.

The Artists:

Anoushka Shankar [Sitar]
Pirashanna Thevarajah [Indian Percussion]
Manu Delago [Percussion, Hang]
Ayanna Witter-Johnson [Vocals]
Danny Keane [Cello]
Sanjeev Shankar [Shehnai, Tanpura]

  • »Traces of You«: »The Sun Won’t Set«, »In Jyoti’s Name«, »Maya«, »Monsoon«, »Fathers« et al.
Christina & Michelle Naughton

Fri 30 May

Piano Duo Christina & Michelle Naughton

Wherever they perform, they cause a stir: the two twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, who studied at…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • sold out

Piano Duo Christina & Michelle Naughton

Wherever they perform, they cause a stir: the two twin sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton, who studied at America’s No. 1 musical training ground of the elite, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Wackerbarth Palace is the perfect place to discover the fascinating sound of the two sisters. Apart from works by Brahms, Debussy and Nancarrow, Schubert’s »Lebensstürme« for four-hand piano, dated 1828, is featured on the program. Almost one hundred years later, in 1925, Gershwin wrote his Piano Concerto in F-Major – performed today in an arrangement for two pianos – which never ceases to win audience hearts with its resounding synthesis of jazz and classical elements.

The Artists:

Christina Naughton [Piano]
Michelle Naughton [Piano]

  • Franz Schubert: Allegro in A-Minor »Lebensstürme« D. 947
  • Claude Debussy: Petite Suite for Piano Four Hands
  • Johannes Brahms: »Liebeslieder Walzer« for Piano Four Hands Op. 52a (Selection)
  • Conlon Nancarrow: Sonatina for Piano (Arrangement: Yvar Mikhashoff)
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • George Gershwin: Concerto in F (Version for Two Pianos)

Concert duration: 1 hour 30 minutes (intermission included)

 

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a menu inspired by the Festival motto. Three courses cost 37 Euros. Reservations can be made at the Visitor Services department of the Dresden Music Festival; further information is available at +49 351 8955-0.

Christina und Michelle Naughton

Christina und Michelle Naughton [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • sold out
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La Folia Barockorchester

Fri 30 May

Baroque Lounge: Schmid & La Folia Baroque Orchestra

»Jazz meets Baroque« is the motto when Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, well-known for his wide-ranging repertoire,…

  • 21:00
  • Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen
  • sold out

Baroque Lounge: Schmid & La Folia Baroque Orchestra

»Jazz meets Baroque« is the motto when Austrian violinist Benjamin Schmid, well-known for his wide-ranging repertoire, and his jazz trio meet La Folia – one of the most exciting young ensembles on the Early Music scene – in the relaxed lounge atmosphere of the Orangerie at Volkswagen’s Glass Factory. While baroque music featured many improvised elements – for example in figured bass playing – improvisation is considered the essential characteristic of jazz. And thus, the musicians of this evening at the Factory perform Antonio Vivaldi’s »The Four Seasons« in its »original sound« and then jazz improvisations based on that timeless work – a consequent and fascinating bridge from the baroque era to our present day.

The Artists:

La Folia Baroque Orchestra
Benjamin Schmid [Violin]
Antoni Donchev [Piano]
Georg Breinschmid [Double Bass]

  • Antonio Vivaldi: »The Four Seasons«. Concerti for Violin, Strings and Basso continuo Op. 8
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Jazz Improvisations on Vivaldi‘s »The Four Seasons«

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)

  • 21:00
  • Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen
  • sold out
sold out
John Scott

Sat 31 May

Organ Recital John Scott

Since the early 16th century, the late Gothic structure of the Dom St. Marien (Cathedral of St. Mary), whose…

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

Organ Recital John Scott

Since the early 16th century, the late Gothic structure of the Dom St. Marien (Cathedral of St. Mary), whose foundations go back to ca. 1180, has dominated the Lower Market of the city of Freiberg. Music lovers know this location mainly for the grand organ built there by Gottfried Silbermann from 1711 to 1714. It was the organ builder’s first large instrument – he was only 27 at the time - and in 2014 its 300-year anniversary is being celebrated. With John Scott – who has been the organist and music director of St Thomas’ Church in New York since 2004 – the anniversary concert features a musician who is at home at all the grand church instruments of the world, e.g. Notre-Dame in Paris or the Cologne Cathedral. Under his hands, the wondrous Silbermann sound will be heard in all its facets, in works ranging from J. S. Bach to Schumann.

On the occasion of the anniversary concert of the Silbermann Organ at the Freiberg Cathedral with John Scott, the Dresden Music Festival offers a guided bus excursion. Departing from Dresden’s Carolabrücke, the tour passes Silbermann’s birth house in Kleinbobritzsch and stops at the Silbermann Museum in Frauenstein. The tour ends in Freiberg, where the Silbermann organ(s) will be explained in detail by an expert before the concert. Participants will receive a detailed plan of the excursion upon booking.

On the occasion of the 300-Year Anniversary of the Silbermann Organ

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude in E-flat-Major BWV 552
  • Johann Kuhnau: »Hiskias, sick to death and healthy again« from »Biblical Sonata No.4«
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Pastorale in F-Major BWV 590 (Arrangement: G. Ramin)
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Chorale »Nun komm der Heiden Heiland« F. 38/1
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Chorale »Christe, der du bist Tag und Licht« F. 38/2
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Fugue in G-Minor F. 37
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Chorale »Durch Adams Fall ist ganz verderbt« F. 38/4
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach: Chorale »Wir danken dir, Herr Jesu Christ« F. 38/6
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sonata in c-Minor for Organ Op. 65/2
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Chorale Prelude »Wenn wir in höchsten Nöthen sein« from »Das Orgel-Büchlein« BWV 599 - 644
  • Robert Schumann: Fugue No. 1 from »Six Fugues on the name BACH« op. 60
  • Robert Schumann: Sketch No. 4 in D-Flat-Major from »4 Sketches for Pedal Piano« Op. 58
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Fugue in E-Flat-Major BWV 552
John Scott

John Scott [Organ]

  • 17:00
  • Dom St. Marien
  • 25 / 65 EUR
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Sir John Eliot Gardiner

Sat 31 May

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & Gardiner

The ranks of Chief Conductors who have led the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra are more than illustrious.…

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

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus & Gardiner

The ranks of Chief Conductors who have led the Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra are more than illustrious. They range from Eugen Jochum to Rafael Kubelik, Sir Colin Davis and Lorin Maazel to Mariss Jansons. The list of guest conductors with whom the two ensembles perform around the world is no less impressive. When the »grandmaster of conductors« (»Die Welt«) Sir John Eliot Gardiner takes the podium with this world-class orchestra and chorus, one may well call that a dream constellation – even more so as the program, with an astounding Haydn motet, the »Reformation Symphony« by Mendelssohn, who had converted to Protestantism, and Anton Bruckner’s Mass in D-Minor, written »for the greater glory of God«, is ideally suited to Dresden’s Frauenkirche.

The Artists:

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sir John Eliot Gardiner [Conductor], Peter Dijkstra [Chorus Conductor], Lucy Crowe [Soprano], Jennifer Johnston [Mezzo-Soprano], Toby Spence [Tenor], Günther Groissböck [Bass]

  • Joseph Haydn: Motet »Insanae et vanae curae« (»Des Staubes eitle Sorgen«) Hob. XXI:1 No. 13c
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Symphony No. 5 in D-Minor Op. 107 »Reformation Symphony«
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Anton Bruckner: Mass in D-Minor WAB 26

Concert duration: 1 hour 45 minutes (intermission included)

7:00 pm Pre-concert talk (in the nave)

Kinderkonzert

Sun 01 Jun

Children’s Concert

»La Folia« can be translated in many different ways, for example as »boisterous cheerfulness«. This, at any rate, is…

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out

Children’s Concert

»La Folia« can be translated in many different ways, for example as »boisterous cheerfulness«. This, at any rate, is fully to be expected at this year’s Children’s Concert at the Palais, when the baroque orchestra of the same name dedicates itself to the »Four Seasons« on its original instruments. Christine Marx has invented a story to go with Antonio Vivaldi’s famous music, and this will not only let children experience musical spring flowers, autumn leaves or snowflakes, but they will be immersed in diverse and entertaining ways in the wonderful world of Vivaldi and baroque music, where many intriguing discoveries await.

The Artists:

La Folia Baroque Orchestra
Robin Peter Müller [Violin and Conductor]
Christine Marx [Arrangements, Actress, Narrator]

  • »The Four Seasons« - a Musical Journey for Children aged 6 and up. Music by Antonio Vivaldi
La Folia Barockorchester

La Folia Barockorchester

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out
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Bruckner Orchester Linz

Sun 01 Jun

Bruckner Orchestra Linz – Schiff – Poltéra

Heinrich Schiff can look back to a tradition of almost 40 years of concerts in Dresden. Today, the famous cellist…

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

Bruckner Orchestra Linz – Schiff – Poltéra

Heinrich Schiff can look back to a tradition of almost 40 years of concerts in Dresden. Today, the famous cellist concentrates mainly on conducting – this time, he brings »his« Bruckner Orchestra Linz to the Elbe shores, and the name guarantees an authentic interpretation of late romantic repertoire. For Bruckner’s 190th birthday, they present his Sixth Symphony, which the composer himself called his »most daring«. Lutosławski’s dramatic Cello Concerto forms a tension-filled contrast – a piece that has a special importance for Schiff: at the age of 20, he substituted for the dedicatee of this work, Mstislav Rostropovich, when the latter was prevented from leaving Russia – this was the beginning of his world-encompassing career. Christian Poltéra, a student of Heinrich Schiff’s famous »elite school«, continues the famous performance tradition of this composition.

The Artists:

Bruckner Orchestra Linz
Heinrich Schiff [Conductor]
Christian Poltéra [Cello]

  • Witold Lutosławski: Cello Concerto
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A-Major

Concert duration: 1 hour 50 minutes (intermission included)

 

The conductor will give a short introduction to the works.  

7:00 pm Introduction for concert attendees: »Paul Klee and Music« at the Special Exhibit »To Egypt! Travels of Max Slevogt and Paul Klee«, free admission with concert ticket.

Ute Lemper

Mon 02 Jun

Ute Lemper and Friends

Like few others, Ute Lemper and her programs embody the spirit of the 1920s. In her latest project, the world star has…

  • 20:00
  • Albertinum
  • sold out

Ute Lemper and Friends

Like few others, Ute Lemper and her programs embody the spirit of the 1920s. In her latest project, the world star has teamed up with one of Germany’s best string quartets: the spectacular result of this collaboration is »Paris Days – Berlin Nights«. The Vogler Quartet and the internationally celebrated artist have recorded the special sound of the Twenties in a songbook – from Paris to Berlin, from Argentina to Eastern Europe. Next to passionate chansons by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf and tangos by Astor Piazzolla, they join Stefan Malzew in exploring the pulsating world of the Weimar era and celebrating its famous protagonists: Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler and Bertolt Brecht. This musical journey into the Twenties complements a show of representative works of the era at the Albertinum – an eye-opening combination of different art forms.

The Artists:

Ute Lemper [Chanson]
Vogler Quartet
Stefan Malzew [Piano]

  • Erwin Schulhoff: String Quartet No. 1 WV 72
  • Raymond Asso: »Elle Fréquentait la Rue Pigalle« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Michel Emer: »L’Accordéoniste« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Georges Moustaki: »Milord« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Friedrich Hollaender: »Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Franz Waxman: »Allein in einer großen Stadt« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Hanns Eisler: »Der Graben« from »Lieder nach Texten von Kurt Tucholsky« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Hanns Eisler: »Ballade vom Wasserrad« from »Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Kurt Weill: »Surabaya Johnny« from »Happy End« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Kurt Weill: »Die Moritat von Mackie Messer« from »Dreigroschenoper« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Chava Alberstein: »Stiller Abend« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Nikita Bogolovsky: »Tyomnaya Notch« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Astor Piazzolla: »Yo soy María« de la Opereta »María de Buenos Aires« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Astor Piazzolla: »Oblivion« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Astor Piazzolla: »La última Grela« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Jacques Brel: »Chanson de Jacky« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Jacques Brel: »Ne me quitte pas« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)
  • Jacques Brel: »Ámsterdam« (Arrangement: Stefan Malzew)

Concert duration: 1 hour 20 minutes (intermission included)

 

7:00 pm Introduction for concert attendees »Dix and New Objectivity«, part of the special exhibit »Otto Dix. War – The Dresden Triptych«, free admission with concert ticket.

  • 20:00
  • Albertinum
  • sold out
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Maskull Lasserre Mother

Tue 03 Jun

»Bohème 2020«

Representatives of the »new Bohème« introduce themselves and present the artistic language of their times using modern…

  • 20:00
  • Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen
  • 20.2 EUR

»Bohème 2020«

Representatives of the »new Bohème« introduce themselves and present the artistic language of their times using modern means of expression.  

The virtual space in which the »Bohème 2020« can unfold itself is constantly expanding, seemingly without borders. Volkswagen’s Glass Factory is not one of those virtual spaces, but in its openness and clarity it stimulates imagination, takes in impulses and thus responds to the process of becoming. This makes it the ideal point of departure for the discoveries and encounters with »Bohème 2020«. The artists will find numerous other locations that correspond to their times at the 2014 Dresden Music Festival, lending the strongest possible expression to their artistic language.

 

The artists will be announced soon.

 

With generous support from Foundation of Arts and Music for Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Die Gläserne Manufaktur von Volkswagen
  • 20.2 EUR
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Hilary Hahn

Wed 04 Jun

Hr-Sinfonieorchester – Järvi – Hahn

Hilary Hahn is currently one of the world’s best violinists, and audiences and reviewers everywhere celebrate her for…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 95 / 70 / 45 / 25 / 15 / 8 EUR

Hr-Sinfonieorchester – Järvi – Hahn

Hilary Hahn is currently one of the world’s best violinists, and audiences and reviewers everywhere celebrate her for her flawless interpretations, her breathtaking technique and her warm tone. At the Semperoper, the brilliant artist will perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto, which was considered unplayable when it was written and remains one of the greatest challenges for any violinist. She is accompanied by one of the oldest and most renowned radio orchestras in Germany. With Paavo Järvi, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (as it is known in English) has had a chief conductor since 2006 who stands out on the international music scene for his clear, individual style. Thus, his individual handwriting on the last version of Anton Bruckner’s Third Symphony is something to look forward to!

The Artists:

hr-Sinfonieorchester
Paavo Järvi [Conductor]
Hilary Hahn [Violin]

  • Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-Major Op. 77
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D-Minor WAB 103

Concert duration: 2 hour (intermission included)

 

With generous support from Glashütte Original

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 95 / 70 / 45 / 25 / 15 / 8 EUR
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Sächsisches Vokalenselmble

Thu 05 Jun

Homilius at 300

He was esteemed and celebrated during his lifetime, and yet is quite unfamiliar to today’s audiences: Gottfried August…

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 35 / 25 / 15 EUR

Homilius at 300

He was esteemed and celebrated during his lifetime, and yet is quite unfamiliar to today’s audiences: Gottfried August Homilius. Born in 1714, the composer, cantor and organist was probably part of Johann Sebastian Bach’s direct circle of students. In 1742, Homilius was appointed organist at the Frauenkirche, and from 1755 to his death he was Cantor of the Kreuzkirche and music director at all three of Dresden’s main churches. He composed mainly sacred music, including more than ten passions, three oratorios, more than 60 motets and 180 cantatas. Commemorating his 300th birthday, the Sächsisches Vocalensemble performs »Der Messias«, part of the tradition of compositions of the same name by famous colleagues like Handel or Telemann. We look forward to the rediscovery of this work, about whose composer the lexicographer Ernst Ludwig Gerber wrote that he was »without contradiction our greatest sacred composer«.

The Artists:

Batzdorfer Hofkapelle
Sächsisches Vocalensemble
Matthias Jung [Conductor]
Meike Leluschko [Soprano]
Friederike Beykirch [Soprano]
Annekathrin Laabs [Contralto]
Patrick Grahl [Tenor]
Tobias Berndt [Bass]

  • Gottfried August Homilius: »Der Messias«

 

In cooperation with Mitteldeutsche Barockmusik in Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt und Thüringen e.V.

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Thu 05 Jun

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center I

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York is home to eleven superlative cultural institutions like the…

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

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center I

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York is home to eleven superlative cultural institutions like the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic, and thus it is the world’s largest association dedicated to music, dance and theater. The Chamber Music Society is one of these institutions. Led by cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, whom »Musical America« named Musicians of the Year 2012, established artists and young musicians offer innovative programs and projects to enthusiastic audiences the world over: concentrated creativity in the chamber music field. The concert at the Palais im Großen Garten is dedicated entirely to the 1920s. Whether jazz or avant-garde, whether Ravel or Korngold – here the musical diversity of the epoch awaits discovery.

The Artists:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Kristin Lee [Violin], Yura Lee [Violin, Viola], Richard O'Neill [Viola], David Finckel [Cello], Gloria Chien [Piano], Wu Han [Piano]

  • Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Piano in G-Major
  • George Gershwin: »An American in Paris« (version for two pianos)
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • George Antheil: Sonata No. 2 for Violin, Piano and Percussion
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Piano Quintet Op. 15

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Fri 06 Jun

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II

For their second concert, the musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center travel back to the Twenties of…

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

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center II

For their second concert, the musicians of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center travel back to the Twenties of the penultimate century, tracing sounds of the 1820s. During the 19th century, »piano music for four hands« was extremely popular, whether on the concert stage or at home in the music room. Schubert’s Fantasy in F-Minor from the year of his death, 1828, is undoubtedly among the most impressive works of this genre. His String Quintet in C-Major, however, written at about the same time, is one of the most outstanding chamber music compositions of all times. Felix Mendelssohn’s Sextet for Piano and Strings, dated 1824, is an early work capturing the salon atmosphere of the composer’s first visit to London.

The Artists:

The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Kristin Lee [Violin], Yura Lee [Violin, Viola], Richard O'Neill [Viola], David Finckel [Cello], Gloria Chien [Piano], Wu Han [Piano]
Jan Vogler [Cello]
Janne Saksala [Double Bass]

  • Franz Schubert: Fantasy in F-Minor for Piano Four Hands D. 940
  • Quintet for two Violins, Viola, and two Celli D. 956
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Sextet for Piano, Violin, two Violas, Cello and Double Bass Op. 110

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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The King’s Singers

Fri 06 Jun

The King’s Singers

Founded in 1927, the Comedian Harmonists could be considered the world’s first »boy group«; their humorously and…

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • sold out

The King’s Singers

Founded in 1927, the Comedian Harmonists could be considered the world’s first »boy group«; their humorously and artfully arranged »a cappella« numbers had audiences raving. Inspired by the legendary formation, this concert at Ballhaus Watzke presents swinging versions of great American songs from three decades – »a cappella« of course. Watzke’s, one of the most beautiful and oldest dancehalls of the region, provides the perfect location for this nostalgic evening. The King’s Singers from Great Britain are sure to provide lots of musical enthusiasm: the six members of the vocal ensembles are at home on all the world’s great concert stages and will turn night into day with songs by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington and Cole Porter.

The King's Singers:

David Hurley (Countertenor)
Timothy Wayne-Wright (Countertenor)
Paul Phoenix (Tenor)
Christopher Bruerton (Baritone)
Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone)
Jonathan Howard (Bass)

  • George Gershwin: »Love is Here to Stay«
  • »Oh! I Can’t Sit Down«
  • Bert Reisfeld/Albrecht Marcuse: »Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus«
  • Ludwig Schmidseder: »Gitarren spielt auf«
  • Duke Ellington: »Creole Love Call«
  • Milton Ager: »Wochenend und Sonnenschein«
  • Cole Porter: »Begin the Beguine«
  • »I’ve Got You Under My Skin«
  • »It’s De-lovely«, »Night and Day«
  • »Let’s Misbehave«
  • Kern: »I Won’t Dance«
  • Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart: »Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered«
  • »My Funny Valentine«
  • »The Lady is a Tramp«
  • Cy Coleman: »The Best is Yet to Come« et al.
The King’s Singers

The King’s Singers

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • sold out
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Dresdner Festspielorchester

Sat 07 Jun

Workshop Concert

After the audience reacted with such enthusiasm to the first Workshop Concert during the last Festival, the Dresden…

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 25 EUR

Workshop Concert

After the audience reacted with such enthusiasm to the first Workshop Concert during the last Festival, the Dresden Festival Orchestra presents another lively and interesting glimpse behind the scenes of its repertoire: this time, the subject is the original instruments in use during Richard Strauss’ lifetime. Moderated by Jan Vogler, the musicians conducted by Stefan Klingele take the audience on a journey into the lifetime of Strauss – whose anniversary is in 2014. Using numerous musical examples taken from various Strauss compositions and performed on original instruments, the concert enables the listener to discover the sound of that particular era. 

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Stefan Klingele [Conductor]
Raffaela Lintl [Soprano]
Jan Vogler [Moderation]

  • Concert with comments on the original instruments of Richard Strauss’ era
The King’s Singers

Sat 07 Jun

Additional Concert The King’s Singers

Founded in 1927, the Comedian Harmonists could be considered the world’s first »boy group«; their humorously and…

  • 15:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out

Additional Concert The King’s Singers

Founded in 1927, the Comedian Harmonists could be considered the world’s first »boy group«; their humorously and artfully arranged »a cappella« numbers had audiences raving. Inspired by the legendary formation, the King’s Singers present a nostalgic program that unites the great American songs from three decades. For the additional performance of the vocal ensemble the Palais im Großen Garten serves as atmospheric venue that will provide a very special ambience to this buoyant and joyful a cappella concert. With lots of musical enthusiasm the six singers will take you to the glamorous era of the music of George Gershwin, Duke Ellington or Cole Porter, the best conditions for a thrilling festival experience at a place that once served as a location for pompous feasts of the courtly society.

The King's Singers:

David Hurley (Countertenor)
Timothy Wayne-Wright (Countertenor)
Paul Phoenix (Tenor)
Christopher Bruerton (Baritone)
Christopher Gabbitas (Baritone)
Jonathan Howard (Bass)

  • George Gershwin: »Love is Here to Stay«
  • »Oh! I Can’t Sit Down«
  • Bert Reisfeld/Albrecht Marcuse: »Mein kleiner grüner Kaktus«
  • Ludwig Schmidseder: »Gitarren spielt auf«
  • Duke Ellington: »Creole Love Call«
  • Milton Ager: »Wochenend und Sonnenschein«
  • Cole Porter: »Begin the Beguine«
  • »I’ve Got You Under My Skin«
  • »It’s De-lovely«, »Night and Day«
  • »Let’s Misbehave«
  • Kern: »I Won’t Dance«
  • Richard Rogers/Lorenz Hart: »Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered«
  • »My Funny Valentine«
  • »The Lady is a Tramp«
  • Cy Coleman: »The Best is Yet to Come« et al.
The King’s Singers

The King’s Singers

  • 15:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out
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Martin Stadtfeld

Sat 07 Jun

Piano Recital Martin Stadtfeld

In his »Historic-Biographic Lexicon of Musical Artists« dated 1791, Ernst Ludwig Gerber wrote about the genesis of »Das…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out

Piano Recital Martin Stadtfeld

In his »Historic-Biographic Lexicon of Musical Artists« dated 1791, Ernst Ludwig Gerber wrote about the genesis of »Das Wohltemperierte Klavier« or »Well-Tempered Clavier« that Bach had »written the work in a place where displeasure, boredom and a lack of any kind of musical instrument forced him to pass his time in this way«. The son of one of Bach’s students may have had access to some first-hand information, but the collection of preludes and fugues is far more than a great composer’s way of killing time with wittiness. Instead, Bach composed a musical monument to himself in these works. Four years ago, pianist Martin Stadtfeld already won the Festival audience’s hearts with Part I of the »Well-Tempered Clavier« of 1722. Now the celebrated Bach interpreter, who has won several »ECHO Classical Awards«, returns with Part II.

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Das Wohltemperierte Klavier« Part II BWV 870–893
Martin Stadtfeld

Martin Stadtfeld [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • sold out
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Richard Strauss

Sat 07 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot« (Premiere)

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque…

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot« (Premiere)

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque period during the past two seasons, in the anniversary year of Richard Strauss it turns to his »Feuersnot« (»Fire Catastrophe«), a coproduction with the Semperoper. Strauss, who was disappointed with his hometown of Munich after his unsuccessful »Guntram«, had written a »little intermezzo against the theater«, as he himself labeled the Singgedicht or »Sung Poem« first performed in Dresden in 1901 under the baton of Ernst von Schuch – the beginning of Dresden’s Strauss tradition. On the anniversary of Strauss’ 150th birthday, the audience can now enjoy the original sound of the rarely-performed work in a spectacular setting, performed in the authentic interpretation of the Festival Orchestra – the original Richard Strauss sound!

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Children’s Chorus of the Singakademie Dresden, Stefan Klingele [Conductor], Tómas Tómasson [Kunrad], Rachel Willis-Sørensen [Diemut], Michael Eder [Ortolf, Sentlinger The Mayor], Jürgen Müller [Schweiker von Gundelfingen, the Castellan], Angela Liebold [Elsbet], Carolina Ullrich [Margret] et al.


  • Richard Strauss: »Feuersnot«. Sung Poem in one Act. Semi-staged performance

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

8:00 pm Pre-concert talk (Großer Schlosshof)

 

Further performance dates: Monday, June 9 & Tuesday, June 10

A coproduction with Semperoper Dresden  

 

 

 

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR
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Dresdner Kreuzchor

Sun 08 Jun

Serenade on the Green

During the 1720s, Augustus II the Strong had a Water Palace and a Mountain Palace built just outside the city gates,…

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • sold out

Serenade on the Green

During the 1720s, Augustus II the Strong had a Water Palace and a Mountain Palace built just outside the city gates, based on plans by Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann. Thus, the foundation was laid in Pillnitz for the largest chinoiserie palace designed in Europe; in 1868, the palace was declared the summer residence of the royal family of Saxony. In this royal atmosphere, the Kreuzchor – the oldest artistic institution in the City of Dresden – presents its traditional serenade on the green, a proven audience magnet. Once again, in 2014 the young enthusiastic singers will offer a great variety of folk songs, contemporary arrangements and classical works – hopefully under a blue sky!

The Artists:

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile [Conductor]

The traditional annual open-air serenade of the Kreuzchor at the Music Festival

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • sold out
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Dresdner Festspielorchester

Sun 08 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Missa solemnis«

More than 600 pages of sketches from the pen of Ludwig van Beethoven were required for the legendary »Missa solemnis« -…

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

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Missa solemnis«

More than 600 pages of sketches from the pen of Ludwig van Beethoven were required for the legendary »Missa solemnis« - originally the work had been conceived to commemorate the investiture of his friend and patron Archduke Rudolf as Archbishop of Olmütz. Working in parallel on his last string quartets and the Ninth Symphony, after six long years of work, Beethoven was finally able to complete this masterwork in 1823 – which undoubtedly marks the high point of his creative powers. The »Missa solemnis«, which Beethoven himself called his »greatest work«, is also a passionate expression of his humanism. The Dresden Festival Orchestra follows the traces of the much-performed work’s original sound, and, as Beethoven inscribed his Mass: »From the heart – may it return to the heart«.

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Balthasar Neumann Chorus
Ivor Bolton [Conductor]
Camilla Nylund [Soprano]
Elisabeth Kulman [Mezzo-Soprano]
Richard Croft [Tenor]
Yorck Felix Speer [Bass]

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: »Missa solemnis« Op. 123

Concert duration. 1 hour 30 minutes (no intermission)

7:00 pm Pre-concert talk (Opernkeller)


Cameron Carpenter

Sun 08 Jun

Organ Recital Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter – a »revolutionary on the organ«, »the most eccentric organist in the world«, »a bird of paradise in…

  • 20:30
  • Alter Schlachthof
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR

Organ Recital Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter – a »revolutionary on the organ«, »the most eccentric organist in the world«, »a bird of paradise in his field« - has torn down the organ’s boundaries and has come to liberate the »queen among instruments« from her stuffy image. He does so with breathtaking virtuosity, entrancing arrangements and impressive passion, effortlessly filling churches and concert halls like the Royal Albert Hall on all five continents. Cameron Carpenter was the first organist ever to be nominated for a »Grammy« for his album »Revolutionary«. At his Festival concert at the Alter Schlachthof, the advocate of the digital organ presents a mobile »touring organ« built especially for him by the pioneers of organ building, Marshall & Ogletree LLC. With ten to thirty loudspeakers, it promises a unique sound experience.

  • William Walton: »Spitfire Prelude and Fugue« from the film score to »The First of the Few« (Arrangement: Dannis Morrell)
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-Minor for Organ BWV 548
  • Cameron Carpenter: Music For An Imaginary Film
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Sonata No. 6 in D-Major KV 284 (205b) »Dürnitz Sonata« (Transcription: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Marcel Dupré: »Variations sur un Noël« Op. 20
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Jeanne Demessieux: Etudes, Op. 5/6 »Octaves«
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams: »The Lark Ascending« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Third Movement from Symphony No. 6 in B-Minor »Pathétique« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Arthur Owens Dallas Frazier: »Back in my Baby´s arms again« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Anthony Newley Leslie Bricusse: »Pure Imagination« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Hal David Burt Bacharach: »Alfie« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Gordon Meredith Lightfoot: »If You Could Read My Mind« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Leonard Cohen: »Sisters Of Mercy« (Arrangement: Cameron Carpenter)
  • Alexander Skrjabin: Piano Sonata No. 4 Op. 30 (Transcription: Cameron Carpenter)

Concert duration: 2 hours (intermission included)

Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter [Touring Organ]

  • 20:30
  • Alter Schlachthof
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Riccardo Chailly

Mon 09 Jun

Gewandhaus Orchestra & Chailly

For the first time, they appear together at the Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Riccardo…

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

Gewandhaus Orchestra & Chailly

For the first time, they appear together at the Festival: the Gewandhaus Orchestra and its Chief Conductor Riccardo Chailly. The orchestra and its 19th Kapellmeister are bound together by almost ten years of celebrated collaboration, and they will give another sample of this bond when they make their guest appearance on the Elbe. The program honors the anniversary of Richard Strauss with no less than two of his symphonic poems – two that could not be more different in subject matter: »Tod und Verklärung« and »Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche«. Coming from Dresden on his way to the Prussian Court, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart visited Leipzig in 1789, giving a concert at the Gewandhaus. In today’s matinee, the overture to his opera »Idomeneo« will be performed alongside a composition by the young Brahms, the Second Serenade, which already shows clear signs of his characteristic musical traits.

The Artists:

Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig
Riccardo Chailly [Conductor]

  • W. A. Mozart: »Idomeneo« Overture KV 366
  • Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 2 in A-Major Op. 16
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Richard Strauss: »Tod und Verklärung« Op. 24
  • »Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche« Op. 28
  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 / 10 / 8 EUR
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Claudio Abbado

Mon 09 Jun

Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado: Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Gatti – Meier – Pape

The Dresden Music Festival is dedicating the concert at the Frauenkirche on June 9, originally planned with Claudio…

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

Memorial Concert for Claudio Abbado: Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Gatti – Meier – Pape

The Dresden Music Festival is dedicating the concert at the Frauenkirche on June 9, originally planned with Claudio Abbado and his orchestra Mozart Bologna, to the late conductor, who died in January. We are very grateful that we could engage the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, founded by Abbado, at such short notice for this homage to his artistic legacy. Its musicians were close associates of Abbado and carry on the spirit of listening, friendliness and respect that he embodied. The famous Italian conductor Daniele Gatti – who, like Abbado, hails from Milan – will conduct the orchestra, with which he has regularly collaborated. The soloists for the evening concert at the Frauenkirche will be Waltraud Meier and René Pape, two singers of outstanding caliber.
The program includes selected songs by Gustav Mahler. Claudio Abbado was considered a profound authority on Gustav Mahler and one who set new standards as an interpreter of his works, as well as those of Richard Wagner. An excerpt from Wagner's »Die Walküre« will lead to Robert Schumann, who himself thought about a Tristan opera – thus inspiring Wagner to write his. The memorial concert concludes with Schumann's Symphony No. 3, the »Rhenish«. This a work with which Claudio Abbado felt a special affinity – according to his own wish, it was to have been the last piece that he wanted to record in the studio. The »Rhenish« represents optimism and new hope in Schumann's oeuvre.

The Artists:

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Daniele Gatti [Conductor]
Waltraud Meier [Mezzosoprano]
René Pape [Bass]

  • Gustav Mahler: »Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen« from  »Rückert-Lieder«   
  • Gustav Mahler: »Um Mitternacht«  from »Rückert-Lieder«   
  • Gustav Mahler: »Urlicht« from Symphonie No. 2   
  • Gustav Mahler: »Liebst du um Schönheit« from »Rückert-Lieder«   
  • Richard Wagner: »Wotan's Farewell« and »Magic Fire« from »Die Walküre« Act III, Finale
  • - Intermission -
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3 in E-flat-Major Op. 97 »Rhenish«
Richard Strauss

Mon 09 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot«

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque…

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot«

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque period during the past two seasons, in the anniversary year of Richard Strauss it turns to his »Feuersnot« (»Fire Catastrophe«), a coproduction with the Semperoper. Strauss, who was disappointed with his hometown of Munich after his unsuccessful »Guntram«, had written a »little intermezzo against the theater«, as he himself labeled the Singgedicht or »Sung Poem« first performed in Dresden in 1901 under the baton of Ernst von Schuch – the beginning of Dresden’s Strauss tradition. On the anniversary of Strauss’ 150th birthday, the audience can now enjoy the original sound of the rarely-performed work in a spectacular setting, performed in the authentic interpretation of the Festival Orchestra – the original Richard Strauss sound!

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Children’s Chorus of the Singakademie Dresden, Stefan Klingele [Conductor], Tómas Tómasson [Kunrad], Rachel Willis-Sørensen [Diemut], Michael Eder [Ortolf, Sentlinger The Mayor], Jürgen Müller [Schweiker von Gundelfingen, the Castellan], Angela Liebold [Elsbet], Carolina Ullrich [Margret] et al.

  • Richard Strauss: »Feuersnot«. Sung Poem in one Act. Semi-staged performance

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

8:00 pm Pre-concert talk (Großer Schlosshof)

 

Further performance date: Tuesday, June 10

A coproduction with Semperoper Dresden  

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR
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Collegium Vocale Gent

Tue 10 Jun

Collegium Vocale Gent & Herreweghe

Founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale Gent has occupied a leading place among vocal ensembles…

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

Collegium Vocale Gent & Herreweghe

Founded in 1970 by Philippe Herreweghe, the Collegium Vocale Gent has occupied a leading place among vocal ensembles for many years. Hardly anyone has studied Johann Sebastian Bach’s sacred music as intensively as Herreweghe, and therefore this is core repertoire for these celebrated choristers from Ghent. The sacred cantatas – there are more than 200 of them – are among the artistically most important works in Bach’s oeuvre, and their spiritual transcendence allows concertgoers to forget all earthly bonds. This is particularly true for the »Ascension Cantatas« written between 1724 and 1735 and the »Ascension Oratorio« - a program that seems tailored for the performance venue Frauenkirche and the visiting Belgians.

The Artists:

Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Gent
Philippe Herreweghe [Conductor]
Dorothee Mields [Soprano]
Damien Guillon [Countertenor]
Thomas Hobbs [Tenor]
Peter Kooij [Bass]

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen« BWV 43
  • »Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden« BWV 6
  • - INTERMISSION -
  • Ascension Oratorio »Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen« BWV 11
  • Johann Michael Bach: »Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ«

Concert duration: 1 hour 40 minutes (intermission included)

7:00 pm Pre-concert talk (in the nave)

Richard Strauss

Tue 10 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot«

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque…

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR

Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Feuersnot«

After the Festival Orchestra, founded in 2012, made brilliant appearances with works from the classical and the baroque period during the past two seasons, in the anniversary year of Richard Strauss it turns to his »Feuersnot« (»Fire Catastrophe«), a coproduction with the Semperoper. Strauss, who was disappointed with his hometown of Munich after his unsuccessful »Guntram«, had written a »little intermezzo against the theater«, as he himself labeled the Singgedicht or »Sung Poem« first performed in Dresden in 1901 under the baton of Ernst von Schuch – the beginning of Dresden’s Strauss tradition. On the anniversary of Strauss’ 150th birthday, the audience can now enjoy the original sound of the rarely-performed work in a spectacular setting, performed in the authentic interpretation of the Festival Orchestra – the original Richard Strauss sound!

The Artists:

Dresden Festival Orchestra, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Children’s Chorus of the Singakademie Dresden, Stefan Klingele [Conductor], Tómas Tómasson [Kunrad], Rachel Willis-Sørensen [Diemut], Michael Eder [Ortolf, Sentlinger The Mayor], Jürgen Müller [Schweiker von Gundelfingen, the Castellan], Angela Liebold [Elsbet], Carolina Ullrich [Margret] et al.

  • Richard Strauss: »Feuersnot«. Sung Poem in one Act. Semi-staged performance

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

8:00 pm Pre-concert talk (Großer Schlosshof)

 

A coproduction with Semperoper Dresden  

  • 21:00
  • Residenzschloss (Großer Schlosshof)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 EUR
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