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Ivor Bolton

Sun 30 Apr

Special Concert as part of the Opening Festivities of the Kulturpalas

Special Concert – Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Triple Concerto«

The reopening of the Kulturpalast finally gives Dresden a concert hall on a par with its European counterparts. This…

  • 11:00
  • Kulturpalast

Special Concert – Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Triple Concerto«

The reopening of the Kulturpalast finally gives Dresden a concert hall on a par with its European counterparts. This event will be celebrated with a concert of the Dresden Festival Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Ivor Bolton, among other events. The creative force of this ensemble specializing in original sound thus meets the new musical center of the city. With Weber’s Overture to his popular opera »Der Freischütz« and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4, the focus is on two composers who profoundly influenced Dresden as a city of music. The evening’s centerpiece is Beethoven’s virtuoso »Triple Concerto« with Nicola Benedetti, Jan Vogler and Alexander Melnikov as soloists.  

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Nicola Benedetti, Violin
Jan Vogler, Cello
Alexander Melnikov, Piano  

  • Carl Maria von Weber: Overture to »Der Freischütz«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano, Violin, Cello and Orchestra in C major Op. 56
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 4 in D minor Op. 120

 

Special Concert as part of the Opening Festivities of the Kulturpalast
Anne-Sophie Mutter

Thu 18 May

Opening Concert: Philharmonia Zurich – Luisi – Mutter

At the glamorous opening of the 2017 Festival, the audience may look forward to the former Chief Conductor of the…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper

Opening Concert: Philharmonia Zurich – Luisi – Mutter

At the glamorous opening of the 2017 Festival, the audience may look forward to the former Chief Conductor of the Sächsische Staatskapelle, Fabio Luisi, who returns to Dresden for the first time since the end of his tenure. Anne-Sophie Mutter has long enjoyed a close relationship with the Dresden Music Festival. In addition to her classical repertoire, the legendary violinist continues to discover new works and contemporary composers, a fact also reflected during the first part of the concert at the Semperoper, where she plays Takemitsu’s »Nostalghia« and Bruch’s Violin Concerto. Brahms’ Symphony No. 4 completes this program of lush romantic sounds.  

Philharmonia Zurich
Fabio Luisi, Conductor
Anne-Sophie Mutter, Violin  

  • Tōru Takemitsu: »Nostalghia« for Violin and String Orchestra (in memoriam Andrey Tarkovsky)
  • Max Bruch: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in G minor Op. 26
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98  

 

Kindly supported by Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

Valery Gergiev

Fri 19 May

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev

The Russian elite orchestra from St. Petersburg, noted for the incredible breadth of its musical spectrum, makes its…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre & Valery Gergiev

The Russian elite orchestra from St. Petersburg, noted for the incredible breadth of its musical spectrum, makes its third appearance under its charismatic maestro Valery Gergiev at the 2017 Dresden Music Festival. With Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 the musicians perform a work which proved a huge success at its world premiere in 1937, despite – or perhaps because – the audience clearly perceived the hidden, not so optimistic messages in the superficially positive finale. Richard Wagner, on the other hand, had quite a different concept of revolutions. With brilliant excerpts – from his »Götterdämmerung«, among others - the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre with its massive opera experience draws an overarching line from the era of Russian Stalinism to the late romantic period.  

Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre
Valery Gergiev, Conductor
N. N., Soprano 

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 47
  • Richard Wagner: »Karfreitagszauber« from »Parsifal«, »Morgendämmerung«, »Siegfrieds Rheinfahrt«, »Siegfrieds Trauermarsch« as well as »Schlussgesang der Brünnhilde« from »Götterdämmerung«
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming
Francesco Tristano

Fri 19 May

Classical Beats: Francesco Tristano

Whether classical, jazz or electronics – the pianist Francesco Tristano is oblivious to borders between genres. Rather,…

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®

Classical Beats: Francesco Tristano

Whether classical, jazz or electronics – the pianist Francesco Tristano is oblivious to borders between genres. Rather, the poetic rebel sees himself as a wanderer between musical worlds. With his revolutionary concert formats, the native of Luxembourg fills renowned concert halls and happening clubs, thus opening a space for creative exchange beyond fixed listening habits. This makes him the perfect artist for the Festival series »Classical Beats«, which combines classical music and the best of club culture. The evening at the Reithalle runs the gamut from baroque music to his own compositions, opening new horizons – especially when the pianist turns DJ after the concert.  

Francesco Tristano, Piano

»From Bach to Electronics« 
  • Francesco Tristano: »Hello«
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata IV, XI and VIII (2nd Book)
  • Francesco Tristano: »Nach Wasser noch Erde«
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita for Piano No. 2 in C minor BWV 826
  • Francesco Tristano »Eastern Market«, »Dminorloop«, »Higashi«, »Ground Bass« (Chaconne)  
11 PM After the concert, Francesco Tristano will perform as DJ.  

 

Kindly supported by the Foundation for Arts and Music for Dresden  

Francesco Tristano [Piano]

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
forthcoming

Fri 19 May

Classical Beats: DJ Francesco Tristano

After his  concert, Francesco Tristano will perform as DJ.   Kindly supported by the Foundation for Arts and…

  • 23:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®

Classical Beats: DJ Francesco Tristano

After his  concert, Francesco Tristano will perform as DJ.  

 

Kindly supported by the Foundation for Arts and Music for Dresden

Francesco Tristano [Piano]

  • 23:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
forthcoming
Francesco Piemontesi

Sat 20 May

Piano Recital Francesco Piemontesi

Schloss Wackerbarth is the home of young talents at the Dresden Music Festival, having established itself as the…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth

Piano Recital Francesco Piemontesi

Schloss Wackerbarth is the home of young talents at the Dresden Music Festival, having established itself as the regular and festive location for the presentation of rising young musicians. Such an artist on his way to the top is Francesco Piemontesi from the Ticino in Switzerland – one of the most high-profile pianists of the younger generation. With a program featuring a spectrum ranging from Mozart, Schubert and Liszt to a contemporary piece which the artist premiered in Washington in 2015, Piemontesi will demonstrate his technical perfection and rich palette of colors. Thus, after the concert the audience will certainly agree with the »Berliner Zeitung«, which wrote that »Francesco Piemontesi takes his listeners into a wonder-world in which everything seems new and unheard-of.«  

Francesco Piemontesi, Piano  

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sonata for Piano No. 10 in C major K. 330
  • Franz Liszt: »Les cloches de Genève« and »Sonetto 123« from »Années de pèlerinage«, »St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots« from »Deux légendes« S. 175/2
  • Maximilian Schnaus: »piece (in soundscape)«
  • Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A major D. 959  

 

Kindly supported by Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (41€ incl. ticketing fee). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Francesco Piemontesi [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
forthcoming
Ludwig Güttler

Sat 20 May

Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester – Sächsisches Vocalensemble – Güttler

The trumpet virtuoso Ludwig Güttler, who has been active as a conductor during the past twenty years as well, is one of…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche

Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester – Sächsisches Vocalensemble – Güttler

The trumpet virtuoso Ludwig Güttler, who has been active as a conductor during the past twenty years as well, is one of the musicians who have influenced musical life in Dresden most profoundly. The program with works by Bach, Fasch, Mozart and Vejvanovský is ideally suited to the Frauenkirche, the history-steeped house of God where the Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester (Central German Chamber Orchestra), the Sächsisches Vocalensemble (Saxonian Vocal Ensemble) and renowned instrumental and vocal soloists will present it. The motet »Exsultate jubilate« is not only a highlight of this concert program, but could also serve as the motto of the entire evening: »Exult and jubilate«.  

Mitteldeutsches Kammerorchester
Sächsisches Vocalensemble (Chorus Master: Matthias Jung)
Barbara Felicitas Marin, Soprano
Annekathrin Laabs, Alto 
Albrecht Sack, Tenor
Tobias Berndt, Bass
Johann Clemens, Trumpet
Erich Markwart, Corno da caccia
Ludwig Güttler, Trumpet, Corno da caccia and Conductor  

  • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Friedrich Fasch, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Pavel Josef Vejvanovský  

 

In cooperation with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden

Intrada Vokalensemble

Sat 20 May

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

Despite having been founded as recently as 2006, the young Intrada Vocal Ensemble from Moscow has already made an…

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche

Intrada Vocal Ensemble

Despite having been founded as recently as 2006, the young Intrada Vocal Ensemble from Moscow has already made an international name for itself, winning over audiences with its pure and balanced sound. Praised as a »choral miracle« in various media, the singers present a program from their Russian homeland. Occasioned by the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution, in addition to other resonant works by Dmitri Shostakovich, his »10 Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets« will be performed, a work that is not pure jubilation in its form and message, but inspires thought and questioning through its subtle structure. The Dresden Music Festival proudly presents one of the rare performances of Shostakovich’s choral oeuvre.  

Intrada Vocal Ensemble
Ekaterina Antonenko, Conductor  

  • Dmitri Shostakovich: »10 Poems on Texts by Revolutionary Poets« for mixed chorus a cappella Op. 88
  • Rodion Shchedri: »Four Choruses to Lyrics by Alexander Tvardovsky«
  • Georgy Sviridov: Three Choruses from the Tragedy »Tsar Feodor Ioannovich« by Alexei Tolstoy
  • Alfred Schnittke: »Three Sacred Hymns«
  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche
forthcoming

Sun 21 May

Cildren's Concert: »Fidelio« for Children

It is well-known that Beethoven only wrote one opera, leaving the world a glowing piece of musical theatre in his…

  • 11:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Cildren's Concert: »Fidelio« for Children

It is well-known that Beethoven only wrote one opera, leaving the world a glowing piece of musical theatre in his »Fidelio«, which is about the great ideals of liberty and justice. With a young audience in mind, the Taschenoper Lübeck (Lübeck Pocket Opera) has arranged the tale of the courageous Florestan and his beloved Leonore, who sneaks into the dungeon in men’s clothing to free her husband. Children are invited to be part of an interactive experience and become involved in the action – among other tasks, they are the chorus of prisoners. After all, the fight against injustice and oppression is best experienced by taking an active role, ultimately tasting infinite freedom with the help of great music.  

Taschenoper Lübeck
Sascha Mink, Stage Director and Lighting
Julian Metzger, Conductor
Katia Diegmann, Sets and Costumes
Katrin Ötting, Dramaturgy and Technical Director  

For children aged 8 and up  

 

In cooperation with Theater Lübeck and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

  • 11:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
forthcoming
Diana Damrau

Sun 21 May

Prague Philharmonia – Villaume – Damrau – Testé

In 2017 the Festival focuses on the art of singing and dedicates itself in multiple ways to the exploration of the…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper

Prague Philharmonia – Villaume – Damrau – Testé

In 2017 the Festival focuses on the art of singing and dedicates itself in multiple ways to the exploration of the human voice. Many outstanding singers make guest appearances, including Diana Damrau, one of the best-known sopranos worldwide. The brilliant artist, whose disarming naturalness on stage is legend and invariably wins over her audiences, is partnered by the French bass-baritone Nicolas Testé – not only in »real life«, but also in the festive atmosphere of the Semperoper, where they will perform belcanto arias by Bellini, Massenet, Meyerbeer and others. On this evening, the singing couple will have high-carat accompaniment by the Prague Philharmonia under Emmanuel Villaume.  

Prague Philharmonia
Emmanuel Villaume, Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano
Nicolas Testé, Bass-Baritone

»Belcanto drammatico« – Famous Opera Arias
  • Works by Vincenzo Bellini, Jules Massenet, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Amilcare Ponchielli, Ambroise Thomas and Richard Wagner
Opernbaustelle

Mon 22 May

Opera Construction Site

Make your own opera is the motto of the competition »Opernbaustelle« (»Opera Construction Site«), presented by the…

  • 19:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum

Opera Construction Site

Make your own opera is the motto of the competition »Opernbaustelle« (»Opera Construction Site«), presented by the Music Festival together with the Taschenoper Lübeck (Lübeck Pocket Opera). Here, students from Dresden can create their own short opera based on four musical pieces from Ludwig van Beethoven’s »Fidelio«. The music will not only be combined with a new plot and given a new text, the staging will also be developed and implemented by the teenagers themselves. After the performance, the best result receives an award. This special project promises many discoveries and experiences and guarantees one thing: fascination on stage and behind the scenes!  

Taschenoper Lübeck
Julian Metzger, Conductor
Sascha Mink, Stage Director
Margrit Dürr, Vocalist
Tobias Hagge, Vocalist
Ninon Gloger, Piano
Katrin Ötting, Technical Director
Students from Dresden Schools  

 

In cooperation with Theater Lübeck and the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden

  • 19:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
forthcoming
Vladimir Jurowski

Mon 22 May

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Lisiecki

For the first time, one of the great English orchestras is in residence at the Dresden Music Festival. Chief Conductor…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Lisiecki

For the first time, one of the great English orchestras is in residence at the Dresden Music Festival. Chief Conductor Vladimir Jurowski, who studied at the Dresden Music Academy and elsewhere during the early 1990s, is considered one of the most charismatic conductors in the world. One of the artists to have »grown up« with the Festival is the Canadian-Polish pianist Jan Lisiecki, who performs the First Piano Concerto of his »compatriot« Chopin during his third Festival appearance. During the second half of the concert, the London Philharmonic offers Mahler’s Fourth, which Deutschlandradio Kultur has called his »brightest, most accessible and clearest« work.  

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Jan Lisiecki, Piano, Sofia Fomina, Soprano  

  • Frédéric Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in E minor Op. 11
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major  
Steven Isserlis

Tue 23 May

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Isserlis

The broad range offered by the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is demonstrated by its second concert at…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Isserlis

The broad range offered by the residency of the London Philharmonic Orchestra is demonstrated by its second concert at the Kulturpalast, featuring a Russian »Revolutionary program« from Jurowski’s homeland – together with the most important English cellist of our times, Steven Isserlis, who stands for uncompromising creativity. A revolution in terms of dimension, duration and extent is the Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Prokofiev, the new version of which was first inspired and then also premiered in 1952 by Mstislav Rostropovich. Shostakovich – the »reporter of the highs and lows of the 20th century« - quotes many composers who influenced him in his autobiographical Symphony No. 15, often considered his musical testament.  

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, Conductor
Steven Isserlis, Cello  

  • Mikhail Glinka: Waltz-Fantasy in B minor
  • Sergei Prokofiev: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra in E minor Op. 58
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 15 in A major Op. 141  
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (FIRST FOYER)  
Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Wed 24 May

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company divides its residence between Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Its artistic director…

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company divides its residence between Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Its artistic director is the Italian-born Jacopo Godani. The company’s repertoire features many of his works, which strive to develop a new choreographic language demanding great virtuosity and posing physical challenges. On this journey, traditional heritage and contemporary thinking blend in a unique mixture. This new production, presented in Hellerau, has the dancers creating a complex and fascinating mosaic consisting of a series of pas de deux. Godani accentuates the infinite combinations inherent in this formal relationship rooted in classical ballet, creating liberty within its fixed aesthetic parameters.  

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Jacopo Godani, Choreography  

  • Premiere of the New Production  
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE:  THURSDAY, MAY 25, 8 PM  

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
forthcoming
Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Wed 24 May

Curtis Symphony Orchestra – Vänskä – Serkin

The famous Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia is a welcome and regular guest at the Festival. This 2017 season…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Curtis Symphony Orchestra – Vänskä – Serkin

The famous Curtis Institute of Music from Philadelphia is a welcome and regular guest at the Festival. This 2017 season marks the return of the Symphony Orchestra of this legendary music education institution, which already opened the 2012 Festival and also provided magical sounds for »Let’s dance!«. Under the baton of the Finnish conductor Osmo Vänskä, the young musicians will give a fresh reading of Richard Strauss’ »Heldenleben« and Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1. The soloist Peter Serkin is not only part of a renowned family of musicians – his grandfather Adolf Busch was a violinist and composer, his father Rudolf Serkin a pianist – but also a graduate of the Curtis Institute himself and thus closely connected to the orchestra. A dream combination promising fascinating perspectives.  

Curtis on Tour:
Curtis Symphony Orchestra
Osmo Vänskä, Conductor
Peter Serkin, Piano  

  • Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor Op. 15
  • Richard Strauss »Ein Heldenleben« Op. 40

Curtis on Tour is the Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Martin Grubinger

Thu 25 May

Martin Grubinger & The Percussive Planet Ensemble

Until a few years ago, percussionists literally stayed in the background of the concert podium. Then, however, Martin…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Martin Grubinger & The Percussive Planet Ensemble

Until a few years ago, percussionists literally stayed in the background of the concert podium. Then, however, Martin Grubinger entered the scene, revolutionizing the music world with one blow by putting the diversity of percussive instruments center-stage and in the spotlight. If the Austrian powerhouse now proclaims »The Century of Percussion«, you may look forward to a superlative concert. Grubinger himself declares: »From the taiko drummers of Japan, the gamelan ensembles in Southeast Asia, the djembe and balafon masters of West Africa to North American jazz, percussion is kept alive by its universality which easily transcends borders. In this diversity, it is unique.« On stage, Grubinger and his 17 colleagues will make this insight come alive impressively.  

The Percussive Planet Ensemble
Martin Grubinger, Percussion  

  • »The Century of Percussion«  
»EXPERIENCE«: Meet and Greet with Martin Grubinger after the concert at the Festival Lounge. Please register by May 23 by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming
Schumann Quartett

Thu 25 May

Schumann Quartet

A quartet on its way to the top: for six years, the three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, natives of the…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Schumann Quartet

A quartet on its way to the top: for six years, the three brothers Mark, Erik and Ken Schumann, natives of the Rhineland and award-winning individual instrumentalists, have played together as an ensemble. And since the Tallinn-born violist Liisa Randalu, who grew up in Karlsruhe, joined them in 2012, the ensemble has been working its way steadily from one success to the next. »They are young, fresh and are causing a stir,« the newspaper »Süddeutsche Zeitung« wrote. At the Palais im Großen Garten, the musicians will demonstrate the fiery velvet of their tone with three wonderful samples of quartet literature: Haydn’s Opus 33/2, also known as »The Joke«, from the »Russian Quartets«, Mozart’s String Quartet No. 14, nicknamed »Spring«, which was dedicated to Haydn, and Beethoven’s Opus 59/1 from the »Razumovsky Quartets«.  

Schumann Quartet:
Erik Schumann, Violin
Ken Schumann, Violin
Liisa Randalu, Viola
Mark Schumann, Cello  

  • Joseph Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major Op. 33/2 Hob. III: 38 »The Joke«
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 14 in G major K. 387 »Spring«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major Op. 59/1

Schumann Quartett

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
forthcoming
Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Thu 25 May

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company divides its residence between Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Its artistic director…

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company divides its residence between Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Its artistic director is the Italian-born Jacopo Godani. The company’s repertoire features many of his works, which strive to develop a new choreographic language demanding great virtuosity and posing physical challenges. On this journey, traditional heritage and contemporary thinking blend in a unique mixture. This new production, presented in Hellerau, has the dancers creating a complex and fascinating mosaic consisting of a series of pas de deux. Godani accentuates the infinite combinations inherent in this formal relationship rooted in classical ballet, creating liberty within its fixed aesthetic parameters.  

Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company
Jacopo Godani, Choreography  

  • Premiere of the New Production  

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company and HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
forthcoming
Nils Landgren

Fri 26 May

Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny & Friends

The multi-award-winning Swedish jazz trombonist, singer, composer, festival director and professor of jazz trombone…

  • 20:00
  • Gebäudeensemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau

Nils Landgren, Michael Wollny & Friends

The multi-award-winning Swedish jazz trombonist, singer, composer, festival director and professor of jazz trombone Nils Landgren has become a legend in his own time. »Mr. Red Horn,« as he is also known due to his red trombone, is considered one of the best trombonists in the world. Like few others, he builds bridges between classical music and jazzy funk. The young jazz pianist Michael Wollny is another internationally successful strong musician personality and a »perfect master of the piano« (»Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«). When these two exceptional artists groove and jam with their musical friends, creating intriguing new sounds, but also bringing beautiful ballads to life, the audience may look forward to a concert experience that is entirely in a league of its own.  

Nils Landgren, Trombone
Michael Wollny, Piano
and Band  

Open-Air Concert

  • 20:00
  • Gebäudeensemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
forthcoming
Jan Vogler

Fri 26 May

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Gimeno – Vogler

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is one of the most well-known English symphony orchestras. It won a…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra – Gimeno – Vogler

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is one of the most well-known English symphony orchestras. It won a reputation as a fertile breeding-ground for world-class careers when Simon Rattle and then Andris Nelsons were its chief conductors. Another conductor on his way to the top is Gustavo Gimeno, who was still a percussionist in the Concertgebouw Orchestra when he first conducted that same orchestra in 2012. In addition to Mozart’s »Paris Symphony« and Schumann’s »Spring Symphony«, he presents a very special work during this concert with the CBSO and Jan Vogler: the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Op. 68 by the great aesthete Benjamin Britten, who conceived the work as an animated discussion between solo instrument and orchestra.  

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Gustavo Gimeno, Conductor
Jan Vogler, Cello  

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D major K. 297 »Paris Symphony«
  • Benjamin Britten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra Op. 68
  • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 1 in B flat major Op. 38 »Spring«
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (OPERNKELLER)
David Titterington

Sat 27 May

Organ Recital David Titterington

One of the leading organists of our times, David Titterington from England, performs at the Freiberg Cathedral. Since…

  • 17:00
  • Freiberg's Dom St. Marien

Organ Recital David Titterington

One of the leading organists of our times, David Titterington from England, performs at the Freiberg Cathedral. Since his 1986 debut at the Royal Festival Hall, he has been at home at international festivals and at the great concert halls of the world. His passion is not only the classical repertoire, but also contemporary compositions, many of which he has premiered. Thus, his program presents an intriguing journey through organ literature of various epochs, uniting works by J. S. Bach, Rinck, Wesley, Brahms and Rogg. David Titterington performs on the Great Silbermann Organ, created by Gottfried Silbermann, who revolutionized organ building, and considered one of the most important baroque church instruments still in existence today.  

David Titterington, Organ  

  • Johann Sebastian: Bach Toccata in D minor BWV 538
  • Johann Sebastian: »Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott« BWV 720
  • Johann Sebastian: »Dies sind die heil’gen zehn Gebot« BWV 678
  • Johann Sebastian:Fugue in D minor BWV 538
  • Johann Christian Heinrich Rinck: »Six Corelli Variations« Op. 56
  • Samuel Sebastian Wesley: Chorale Song and Fugue
  • Johannes Brahms: Prelude and Fugue in A minor WoO 9
  • Lionel Rogg: »Le Canon improbable« and »Les Tétracordes insistants« from »Deux Études«  

*Silbermann Organ Journey with an expert guide: Departure at 10 am under the Carolabrücke

David Titterington [Organ]

  • 17:00
  • Freiberg's Dom St. Marien
forthcoming
Dresdner Barockorchester

Sat 27 May

Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Johann Friedrich Fasch, conductor at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst, is considered one of the most important instrumental…

  • 19:30
  • Dreikönigskirche

Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Johann Friedrich Fasch, conductor at the Court of Anhalt-Zerbst, is considered one of the most important instrumental composers of the baroque era. He had a lifelong friendship with Johann George Pisendel, concertmaster of the Dresden Court Orchestra, resulting in a vivid exchange of music and scores between the two. Thus, Pisendel’s legendary collection of scores – held today by the State Library of Saxony – Dresden State and University Library in »Closet II« - unites orchestral works and chamber music from all over Europe, with numerous compositions by Fasch among them. In its concert, the Dresden Baroque Orchestra focuses on Fasch works from this collection, some of which have never been known to be performed. These will be complemented by works by his Dresden colleagues Heinichen and Pisendel.     Fasch in Dresden – Baroque Music from Dresden Manuscripts  

Dresden Baroque Orchestra  

  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto in D minor for Oboe, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso continuo
  • Johann David Heinichen: Concerto in G major for 2 Traverso Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Violins, 2 Viols and Basso continuo
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Concerto in B flat major for Chalumeau, 2 Oboes, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso continuo
  • Johann Georg Pisendel: Sonata in C minor for 2 Oboes, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso continuo
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch: Suite in G major for 2 Oboes, Bassoon, 2 Horns, 2 Violins, Viola and Basso continuo  

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Baroque Orchestra

Dresden Festival Orchestra

  • 19:30
  • Dreikönigskirche
forthcoming
Sjaella

Sat 27 May

Sjaella

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to continue the cooperation between the Frauenkirche and this a-cappella…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche

Sjaella

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to continue the cooperation between the Frauenkirche and this a-cappella ensemble consisting of six young women, which has enjoyed remarkable success during the past twelve years in Germany and abroad, winning several international competitions. The singers command a homogeneous, crystal-clear sound and a repertoire ranging from sacred vocal music to folk songs and experimental jazz. On May 27, concertgoers will hear a modern sacred program at the church on Neumarkt, specially tailored to the weekend of Ascension.   

Sjaella:
Viola Blache, Soprano
Marie Fenske, Soprano
Marie Charlotte Seidel
Mezzo-Soprano, Franziska Eberhardt
Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Felicitas Erben, Contralto
Helene Erben, Contralto

»A Song of Ascension«
  • Medieval Hymn from Kempten »Veni Creator Spiritus«
  • Simon Wawer: »Morgengesang«
  • Pietro Ferrario: »Jubilate Deo«
  • Knut Nystedt: »I am my Brother’s Keeper«
  • Eriks Ešenvalds: »O Salutaris Hostia«
  • Hugo Distler: »Christ fuhr gen Himmel«
  • Carl Bertil Agnestig: »Missa in discantu«
  • Paul Heller: 23rd Psalm
  • Ola Gjeilo: »Ubi Caritas« et al.  

 

In cooperation with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden  

Sjaella

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
forthcoming
Jiří Bělohlávek

Sat 27 May

Czech Philharmonic & Jiří Bělohlávek

During the anniversary edition, the Music Festival welcomes the celebrated orchestra from the banks of the Vltava River…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Czech Philharmonic & Jiří Bělohlávek

During the anniversary edition, the Music Festival welcomes the celebrated orchestra from the banks of the Vltava River together with its Chief Conductor to the banks of the Elbe. Not only in its hometown of Prague, but all over the world, the Czech Philharmonic, now in its 121st year of existence, enjoys an excellent reputation. In Bedřich Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems »Má Vlast« (»My Homeland«) the musicians present something akin to the national work by their country’s great composer, »Vlatava« (»The Moldau« undoubtedly being the most famous of them all. The work is rarely performed as a whole in concert, and thus we look forward to a fascinating and resounding journey into the history, myths and landscapes of our Czech neighbors.  

Czech Philharmonic
Jirí Belohlávek, Conductor  

  • Bedřich Smetana: »Má Vlast« (»My Homeland«)
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming
Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker

Sun 28 May

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Today the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic have become a musical institution, having inspired audiences all over…

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

Today the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic have become a musical institution, having inspired audiences all over the world with their virtuosity, the joy of their music-making and their fiery programs for many years. In 1972, a radio production of Julius Klengel’s »Hymnus« for twelve cellos provided the musicians of the Philharmonic’s cello section with the spark to found an ensemble using this very instrumentation. Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, is delighted to welcome all twelve colleagues of his own instrument with this formation from Berlin. One focus of the evening are works by the tango revolutionary Astor Piazzolla, whose works offer mournful longing and energy-filled rhythms, making for equally fascinating and enjoyable listening.  

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic  

  • Works by Boris Blacher, José Carli, Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann, Julius Klengel, Astor Piazzolla, Horacio Salgán, George Shearing et al.  

 

Kindly supported by Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
forthcoming
Herbert Schuch

Sun 28 May

Dresden Philharmonic – Sanderling – Schuch

Born in Romania and raised in Germany, the pianist Herbert Schuch came to international attention when he won three…

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast

Dresden Philharmonic – Sanderling – Schuch

Born in Romania and raised in Germany, the pianist Herbert Schuch came to international attention when he won three major competitions within one year: the Casagrande Competition, the London International Piano Competition and the International Beethoven Competition in Vienna. Together with the Dresden Philharmonic and its Chief Conductor Michael Sanderling, he will perform a program demonstrating how music reflects revolutionary atmospheres. In Mozart’s Piano Concerto in D minor one may hear notes of resistance and protest that jar with the image of the eternally cheerful master composer. Wide swaths of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 12 have an almost documentary character – with this composition he commemorated the October Revolution of 1917.  

Dresden Philharmonic
Michael Sanderling, Conductor
Herbert Schuch, Piano  

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 20 in D minor K. 466
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 12 in D minor Op. 112 »The Year 1917«  

 

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

Niu Niu

Mon 29 May

Piano Recital Niu Niu

The fact that Schloss Wackerbarth is an obvious choice for atmospheric concerts of rising young talents is demonstrated…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth

Piano Recital Niu Niu

The fact that Schloss Wackerbarth is an obvious choice for atmospheric concerts of rising young talents is demonstrated once again by the piano recital of the China-born pianist Niu Niu. Born in 1997, the artist was the youngest student of the Conservatory in Shanghai and now studies at the renowned Juilliard School in New York. In 2007 he became the youngest pianist ever to be contracted by the record label EMI, which has since released four of his albums. Today he travels between the international concert stages and will introduce himself to the Dresden Music Festival audience with works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt and Schumann. His virtuosic playing and subtle interpretations are sure to win him many fans.  

Niu Niu, Piano  

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 1 in B flat major BWV 825
  • Robert Schumann: Fantasy in C  major Op. 17
  • Frédéric Chopin: Ballad No. 4 in F minor Op. 52
  • Franz Liszt: Sonata for Piano in B minor S. 178  

 

Kindly supported by Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (41€ incl. ticketing fee). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Niu Niu [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
forthcoming
Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

Tue 30 May

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

In his own twenties, Max Raabe moved to Berlin to study operatic singing, but quickly realized that the music which…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

In his own twenties, Max Raabe moved to Berlin to study operatic singing, but quickly realized that the music which attracted him most was that of the Weimar Republic. Since there was no ensemble playing these songs at the time, he decided to found the Palast Orchester with some fellow students. That was in 1986. In the meantime, Max Raabe and his musicians have filled huge halls all over the world and are applauded and cheered wherever they appear. The 1920s and 1930s – the years between the great catastrophes – thus form the focus of the concert at the Kulturpalast, highlighting both the glamour and the sadness and melancholy underneath the glitter of this era of great changes. One thing is guaranteed: great entertainment at the highest level!  

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester  

  • Chansons, hits, popular songs ranging from »Herr Ober, zwei Mokka« to »Küssen kann man nicht alleine«

Max Rabe & Palast Orchester

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming

Wed 31 May

Song Recital Bryn Terfel

Since his debut at the Welsh National Opera in 1990, the bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has been at home on the world’s…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Song Recital Bryn Terfel

Since his debut at the Welsh National Opera in 1990, the bass-baritone Bryn Terfel has been at home on the world’s great opera stages. It is the characteristic mixture of the mellow yet dark timbre of his voice, flexible sounds and profound expressivity, combined with a fascinating and impressive stage presence, which defines this artist’s aura. During his song recital at the newly reopened Kulturpalast, Terfel will demonstrate his ability to tell great stories in this format as well. Thus, in Dresden the Welshman will perform works by Schumann and Schubert, but also compositions from his homeland, revealing the broad artistic range of this world star.  

Bryn Terfel, Bass-Baritone
Eugene Asti, Piano  

  • Works by Bryan Davies, Jacques Ibert, Frederick Keel, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann, Meirion Williams and Owen Williams as well as arias and songs from »Bad Boys«
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming
Christoph und Julian Prégardien

Thu 01 Jun

Anima Eterna – Immerseel – Christoph & Julian Prégardien

With Anima Eterna from Bruges and its founder and conductor Jos van Immerseel, an ensemble makes a guest appearance…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche

Anima Eterna – Immerseel – Christoph & Julian Prégardien

With Anima Eterna from Bruges and its founder and conductor Jos van Immerseel, an ensemble makes a guest appearance which is second to none in bridging the gap between authentic historical reception of a work and living performance practice. During the Festival debut of the ensemble, the father and son team of Christoph and Julian Prégardien, two generations of singers at the top of the classical music world, joins mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland for a new interpretation of the beautiful music of the Italian composer Monteverdi, the innovator and »inventor« of opera.  

Anima Eterna Brugge
Jos van Immerseel, Conductor
Marianne Beate Kielland, Mezzo-Soprano
Christoph Prégardien, Tenor
Julian Prégardien, Tenor  

  • Claudio Monteverdi: »Il Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda« from »Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi«
  • »Tempro la cetra« from »Concerto« (Seventh Book of Madrigals)
  • »Lamento d’Arianna«
  • Excerpts from »Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria«
  • Excerpts from »L’Orfeo«
Kate Lindsey

Fri 02 Jun

Orchestre de Paris – Hengelbrock – Lindsey

From the heart of the land of Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Orchestre de Paris travels to the Dresden…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Orchestre de Paris – Hengelbrock – Lindsey

From the heart of the land of Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Orchestre de Paris travels to the Dresden Music Festival. With Thomas Hengelbrock, one of the most sought-after conductors of our times, a musical »rebel« joins the orchestra on the podium who is praised for his uncompromising view of musical literature. The program combines the »Chants d’Auvergne« by the French composer Joseph Canteloube, who passed away in 1957, with the ravishing Kate Lindsey singing the solo part, and Ravel’s spectacular Suite No. 2 from his ballet music for »Daphnis et Chloé«; the finale will be Mussorgsky’s »Pictures at an Exhibition«, still considered the epitome of program music – and also instrumented by the great French impressionist Ravel.  

Orchestre de Paris
Thomas Hengelbrock, Conductor
Kate Lindsey, Mezzo-Soprano  

  • Maurice Ravel´: »Daphnis et Chloé« Suite No. 2
  • Joseph Canteloube: »Chants d’Auvergne« (selection)
  • Modest Mussorgsky: »Pictures at an Exhibition« (in the orchestral version by Maurice Ravel)
MDR Sinfonieorchester und Kristjan Järvi

Sat 03 Jun

Film Concert: MDR Sinfonieorchester – Helbig – Järvi

The publication of the 95 Theses nailed by Martin Luther to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31,…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Film Concert: MDR Sinfonieorchester – Helbig – Järvi

The publication of the 95 Theses nailed by Martin Luther to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517 is considered the beginning of the Reformation, and thus of an epochal and groundbreaking new chapter in mankind’s history, which was to change Germany, Europe and the entire world. The concert of the MDR Symphony Orchestra under its Chief Conductor Kristjan Järvi promises interesting perspectives on the Reformer Luther. The composer Sven Helbig has been especially commissioned by the Dresden Music Festival and the orchestra to write music for the 1927 film »Luther – Ein Film der Deutschen Reformation« directed by Hans Kyser, with the goal of building musical bridges between the centuries.  

MDR Symphony Orchestra
Kristjan Järvi, Conductor

500 Years of Reformation
  • »Luther – Ein Film der deutschen Reformation« Music by Sven Helbig (world premiere)  

Commissioned by the Dresden Music Festival and the MDR  

»EXPERIENCE«: 6 PM Rehearsal Visit and post-concert conversation with Kristjan Järvi and Sven Helbig at the Festival Lounge. Please register by June 1 by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com.
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming
Bill Murray

Sun 04 Jun

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. In 2014 the actor visited the…

  • 11:00
  • Kulturpalast

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends

Bill Murray and Jan Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. In 2014 the actor visited the Festival for a day, and thus the idea for a joint program was born. Now this program has its premiere at the Dresden Music Festival, featuring texts by Hemingway, Miller, Whitman and others and music by Bach, Beethoven and Shostakovich – and once again a bridge between the Hudson and the Elbe is built. The legendary Hollywood star is almost as famous for his appearances on »Saturday Night Live« and his spontaneous lifestyle as for his great film roles. His love for classical music is young and his art of language is boundless. All the more reason to look forward to a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.  

Bill Murray, Recitation
Jan Vogler, Cello et al.  

  • Featuring texts by Ernest Hemingway, Arthur Miller, Walt Whitman et al. and works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven and Dmitri Shostakovich
  • 11:00
  • Kulturpalast
forthcoming

Sun 04 Jun

Serenade on the Green

Anyone familiar with Dresden values the special light of this city, that very special blue that forms such a delightful…

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz

Serenade on the Green

Anyone familiar with Dresden values the special light of this city, that very special blue that forms such a delightful contrast with its architecture and landscape. And where could the sky be more brilliant than at the former summer residence of the Royal Family of Saxony, which forms the inspiring backdrop for the traditional Serenade on the Green of Dresden’s Kreuzchor? One year after the 800-year anniversary of this oldest and most traditional of Dresden’s musical ensembles, the famous choirboys will offer a cheerful musical array of works from many centuries during the Luther Year.  

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Kreuzkantor Roderich Kreile, Conductor  

 

In case of rain, the concert will take place at the Weinbergkirche

  • 15:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
forthcoming
Leonidas Kavakos

Sun 04 Jun

Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Orozco-Estrada – Kavakos

Founded in 1929 as one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony is famous for…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Frankfurt Radio Symphony – Orozco-Estrada – Kavakos

Founded in 1929 as one of the first radio symphony orchestras in Germany, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony is famous for its outstanding wind players, the rich sounds of its strings and its dynamic culture of playing. Together with its Chief Conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the musicians present a concert full of discoveries. With Ligeti’s »Lontano« and Stravinsky‘s »Le Sacre du printemps«, two works representing new forms of expressivity grace the program. They frame Brahms’ masterful Violin Concerto, famed for its beautiful sound, for which violinist Leonidas Kavakos, acclaimed for his intelligent and expressive interpretations, returns to the Festival.

Frankfurt Radio Symphony
Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Conductor
Leonidas Kavakos, Violin  

  • György Ligeti: »Lontano« for Large Orchestra
  • Johannes Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 77
  • Igor Stravinsky: »Le Sacre du printemps« (»The Rite of Spring«)  
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (FIRST FOYER)
Sächsisches Vocalensemble

Mon 05 Jun

Sächsisches Vocalensemble: »Elias«

August 26, 1846: For the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival, hundreds of musicians and singers arrived in the city by…

  • 16:00
  • Kreuzkirche

Sächsisches Vocalensemble: »Elias«

August 26, 1846: For the Birmingham Triennial Music Festival, hundreds of musicians and singers arrived in the city by special train from London. About 400 artists performed the triumphant world premiere of »Elijah« for an audience of two thousand. With his setting of the story of the Biblical prophet, which had occupied him for ten years, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy enjoyed a success shortly before his death, ensuring his standing as one of the most popular oratorio composers to this day. Thus, »Elijah« is an obvious choice for the Sächsisches Vocalensemble during its 8th Commemoration of Robert Schumann, which examines the friendship between Schumann and Mendelssohn, thus focusing on the latter’s compositions as well. Together with the Camerata Lipsiensis, it presents this stunning work about the rebellious hero Elijah.  

Camerata Lipsiensis
Sächsisches Vocalensemble
Dresdner Motettenchor
Members of the Dresden Boys‘ Choir
Maria Perlt, Soprano
Henriette Gödde, Contralto
Patrick Grahl, Tenor
Henryk Böhm, Bass
Matthias Jung, Conductor  

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: »Elijah«. Oratorio Op. 70  

 

In cooperation with Sächsisches Vocalensemble Dresden.
The concert is part of the 8th Commemoration of Robert Schumann in 2017.

Daniel Harding

Mon 05 Jun

Sächsische Staatskapelle – Harding – Goerne

Mahler’s fascination with issues of death fell into a period obsessed with the end of the world. A delicate aesthetic…

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper

Sächsische Staatskapelle – Harding – Goerne

Mahler’s fascination with issues of death fell into a period obsessed with the end of the world. A delicate aesthetic of death and the shimmer of transfiguration dominated the era. The »Kindertotenlieder« set poems by Friedrich Rückert, who lamented the early death of his children in 1833. Mahler’s »Blumine« exudes an atmosphere close to nature, as does Dvořák’s folkloristic and Bohemian Symphony No. 8. The Sächsische Staatskapelle found the ideal combination of artists for this program: the charismatic conductor Daniel Hardin and the subtly sophisticated baritone Matthias Goerne.  

Sächsische Staatskapelle
Daniel Harding, Conductor
Matthias Goerne, Baritone  

  • Gustav Mahler »Blumine«. Symphonic Movement, »Kindertotenlieder«
  • Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 8 in G major Op. 88   

 

In cooperation with Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden 

Cameron Carpenter

Mon 05 Jun

Classical Beats: Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter has given the »queen among instruments« a new and fresh identity. The pioneering organ-building firm…

  • 21:00
  • Alter Schlachthof

Classical Beats: Cameron Carpenter

Cameron Carpenter has given the »queen among instruments« a new and fresh identity. The pioneering organ-building firm Marshall & Ogletree has built a mobile »International Touring Organ« especially for him, and thus the organ revolutionary has opened a new chapter for his instrument, fulfilling one of his dreams. The multi-faceted virtuoso fascinates his audience with intriguing arrangements and his own compositions. Cameron Carpenter was the first organist ever to be nominated for a Grammy Award for an album (»Revolutionary«). In his second concert at the Dresden Music Festival, his epoch-bending program is sure to disregard traditional genre boundaries, pulling out all the stops - literally!  

Cameron Carpenter, Touring Organ  

  • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Cameron Carpenter, Astor Piazzolla, Peter Tchaikovsky, Louis Vierne and Richard Wagner  
11:30 PM After the concert, the Berlin-based DJ Johann Fanger will invite the audience to dance to his remix.  
»EXPERIENCE«: Tour the »Touring Organ« with Cameron Carpenter, June 5, 7 PM, Alter Schlachthof. Please register by June 3 by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com  

 

Kindly supported by the Foundation Arts and Music for Dresden

Cameron Carpenter [Touring Organ]

  • 21:00
  • Alter Schlachthof
forthcoming

Mon 05 Jun

Classical Beats: DJ Johann Fanger

Nach dem Konzert mit Cameron Carpenter wird der Berliner DJ Johann Fanger auflegen und mit seinem Remix zum Tanzen…

  • 23:30
  • Alter Schlachthof

Classical Beats: DJ Johann Fanger

Nach dem Konzert mit Cameron Carpenter wird der Berliner DJ Johann Fanger auflegen und mit seinem Remix zum Tanzen einladen.

 

Mit freundlicher Unterstützung der Stiftung Kunst und Musik für Dresden

  • 23:30
  • Alter Schlachthof
forthcoming
Philippe Quint

Tue 06 Jun

Quint – Bohórquez – Giltburg

Recipe for a perfect chamber music evening: mix three outstanding instrumental soloists, joy of playing and an appetite…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Quint – Bohórquez – Giltburg

Recipe for a perfect chamber music evening: mix three outstanding instrumental soloists, joy of playing and an appetite for the discovery of unusual formats and new sound perspectives. In varying combinations, the violinist Philippe Quint, the cellist Claudio Bohórquez and the pianist Boris Giltburg go on a journey of discovery through the Russian repertoire in the idyllic atmosphere of the Palais im Großen Garten. In addition to Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata No. 1, a composition by Lera Auerbach dealing with the events of September 11, 2001 will also be heard. The evening concludes with Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor – an intense work the composer wrote in memory of his friend, the musicologist and literary scholar Ivan Sollertinsky.  

Philippe Quint, Violin
Claudio Bohórquez, Cello
Boris Giltburg, Piano  

  • Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 in F minor Op. 80
  • Lera Auerbach: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 »September 11«
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello No. 2 in E minor Op. 67
  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
forthcoming
»Sound & Science« in der TU (2016)

Wed 07 Jun

Sound & Science: »Music and Brain«

The exchange between music and science initiated by the Dresden Music Festival and the Technical University Dresden…

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden: Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)

Sound & Science: »Music and Brain«

The exchange between music and science initiated by the Dresden Music Festival and the Technical University Dresden will be continued this season with the series »Sound & Science«. In keeping with the season’s motto, this year the unique interrelation between music and the human brain is the focus of attention. What does it mean when one simply cannot get a melody out of one’s head? What is the cause of this special relationship between human beings and music? Can music change our brain? The Swiss neurologist and cellist Jürg Kesselring and the neuroscientist Gerd Kempermann answer and discuss these and many other questions with the pianist Christoph Reuter, and of course one element will not be absent from the event: music!  

Prof. Dr. Gerd Kempermann, Neuroscientist
Prof. Dr. Jürg Kesselring, Neurologist
Christoph Reuter, Piano  

 

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

  • 20:00
  • TU Dresden: Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden (CRTD)
forthcoming
In Mo Yang

Wed 07 Jun

Violin Recital In Mo Yang

In cooperation with the renowned Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Dresden Music Festival has invited its First Prize…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth

Violin Recital In Mo Yang

In cooperation with the renowned Paganini Competition in Genoa, the Dresden Music Festival has invited its First Prize winner of 2015. The award caused a stir because the First Prize had been awarded for the last time nine years before! Born in 1995, the young Korean In Mo Yang is considered a magician of his instrument. The highly virtuosic program he presents at Schloss Wackerbarth, ranging from Janácek to Szymanowski and Milstein to – of course – Paganini, proves that he is truly an heir of »the devil’s violinist«. 

In Mo Yang, Violin
Thomas Hoppe, Piano  

  • Works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Leoš Janácek, Nathan Milstein, Niccolò Paganini and Karol Szymanowski  

 

In cooperation with the 54th International Violin Competition »Premio Paganini«  

Kindly supported by Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (41€ incl. ticketing fee). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

In Mo Yang [Violin]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
forthcoming
Sky du Mont

Thu 08 Jun

Armida Quartet & Sky du Mont

Hearing the name Casanova brings one association to mind: the lover of innumerable women. Despite his many facets and…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Armida Quartet & Sky du Mont

Hearing the name Casanova brings one association to mind: the lover of innumerable women. Despite his many facets and talents, far less is known about Giacomo Girolamo Casanova as a person – a seducer and gambler, he was also an author who chronicled his time. He had a family connection with Dresden, since his mother was an actress at the Italian Comedy, his sister a dancer in the corps du ballet and his brother even the director of Dresden’s Academy of Fine Arts. The musical-literary evening with the rising Armida Quartet and the doyen of German film, Sky du Mont, delves into the vibrant era of the bon vivant and artist Casanova, promising vivid insights into his biography and oeuvre.   »Casanova – or: The Freedom of Will« 

Armida Quartet:
Martin Funda, Violin
Johanna Staemmler, Violin
Teresa Schwamm, Viola
Peter-Philipp Staemmler, Cello

Sky du Mont, Recitation  

  • Works by Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
forthcoming
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Fri 09 Jun

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is the most progressive Asian dance group on the scene today, yet it remains deeply rooted in…

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is the most progressive Asian dance group on the scene today, yet it remains deeply rooted in tradition. The head of this company is Lin Hwai-min – a choreographer with incredible energy, one of the world’s foremost creators of dance. While the lyrical dance piece »White Water«, set to piano music by Eric Satie and others and performed in the first part, is as flowing in its movements as the title suggests, Hwai-min deals with his disappointment about the political oppression, massacres and genocides of the 21st century in »Dust«. Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, originally written in Gohrisch, close to the destroyed city of Dresden, reflects the sadness which immediately gripped the choreographer upon first hearing the piece.  

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Lin Hwai-min, Concept and Choreography  

  • »White Water« featuring music by Erik Satie, Albert Roussel, Jacques Ibert, Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Maurice Ohana
  • »Dust« featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110  
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCE: SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 8 PM  
»EXPERIENCE«: Workshop for dancers and non-dancers with members of the ensemble. June 10, 11 am to 1 pm, Festspielhaus Hellerau. Please register by June 8 by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com  

 

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

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
forthcoming
B’Rock Orchestra

Fri 09 Jun

B’Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs

The Flemish B’Rock Orchestra illustrates the fact that Early Music, far from being moth-balled, is vital and full of…

  • 20:00
  • Martin-Luther-Kirche

B’Rock Orchestra & René Jacobs

The Flemish B’Rock Orchestra illustrates the fact that Early Music, far from being moth-balled, is vital and full of surprising discoveries. Under the baton of René Jacobs, the legendary rebel of the Early Music scene, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is the focus of the Festival evening. There is no shortage of discoveries in the late operas and symphonies: both in their musical language and their thematic execution, they convey messages of enlightenment and humanism, sending out glowing signals which are to be examined carefully during this concert. This promises not only delight for the ears, but also vivid insights into the great composer’s oeuvre.  

B’Rock Orchestra
René Jacobs, Conductor
Mari Eriksmoen, Soprano
Johannes Weisser, Bass  

  • Arias from »Don Giovanni«, »Le nozze di Figaro«, »Die Zauberflöte« and »Die Entführung aus dem Serail« as well as excerpts from the Symphonies No. 35 K. 385 (»Haffner Symphony«), No. 38 K. 504 (»Prague Symphony«), No. 40 K. 550 and No. 41 K. 551 (»Jupiter Symphony«)
Festspielorchester am Rande des Werkstattkonzerts (2016)

Sat 10 Jun

Workshop Concert

The Dresden Festival Orchestra’s Workshop Concert has become a beloved tradition. It offers visitors an entertaining…

  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Workshop Concert

The Dresden Festival Orchestra’s Workshop Concert has become a beloved tradition. It offers visitors an entertaining and informative glimpse of music history and behind the scenes of historically informed performance practice, to which the musicians of the Festival’s own orchestra, founded in 2012, have dedicated themselves in many different ways. The Workshop Matinee moderated by Jan Vogler will illuminate the original sound of the era of Strauss and Wagner.  

Dresdner Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Alexander Janiczek, Concertmaster
Jan Vogler, Host

  • »Strauss and Wagner«  
  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
forthcoming
Quartett der Kritiker (2016)

Sat 10 Jun

Quartet of Critics

Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the »Eroica« is a glowing and passionate embodiment of a time and music undergoing radical…

  • 18:00
  • Freier Eintritt (vorherige Anmeldung erwünscht)

Quartet of Critics

Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the »Eroica« is a glowing and passionate embodiment of a time and music undergoing radical change and finding entirely new means of expression within the epochal storm of Enlightenment and the French Revolution. The quartet of renowned music journalists and jury members of the »German Record Critics’ Award« makes its fourth appearance at the Festival, discussing this revolutionary work. Join us for an inspiring and far-ranging exploration of the composition and its interpretations, taking advantage of this introduction to the subsequent performance by the Dresden Festival Orchestra at the Frauenkirche, which highlights these »heroic sounds«.  

Susanne Benda, »Stuttgarter Nachrichten«
Eleonore Büning, »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung«
Manuel Brug, »Die Welt«
Albrecht Thiemann, »Opernwelt«  

  • Panel discussion on Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 »Eroica«  

 

In cooperation with the »German Record Critics‘ Award«

  • 18:00
  • Freier Eintritt (vorherige Anmeldung erwünscht)
forthcoming
Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Sat 10 Jun

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is the most progressive Asian dance group on the scene today, yet it remains deeply rooted in…

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre is the most progressive Asian dance group on the scene today, yet it remains deeply rooted in tradition. The head of this company is Lin Hwai-min – a choreographer with incredible energy, one of the world’s foremost creators of dance. While the lyrical dance piece »White Water«, set to piano music by Eric Satie and others and performed in the first part, is as flowing in its movements as the title suggests, Hwai-min deals with his disappointment about the political oppression, massacres and genocides of the 21st century in »Dust«. Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8, originally written in Gohrisch, close to the destroyed city of Dresden, reflects the sadness which immediately gripped the choreographer upon first hearing the piece.  

Cloud Gate Dance Theatre
Lin Hwai-min, Concept and Choreography  

  • »White Water« featuring music by Erik Satie, Albert Roussel, Jacques Ibert, Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Maurice Ohana
  • »Dust« featuring Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C minor Op. 110 
»EXPERIENCE«: Workshop for dancers and non-dancers with members of the ensemble. June 10, 11 am to 1 pm, Festspielhaus Hellerau. Please register by June 8 by emailing hinzpeter@musikfestspiele.com

 

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

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
forthcoming
Waltraud Meier

Sat 10 Jun

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Meier

During the 2017 Festival season, the Dresden Festival Orchestra turns once again to its core repertoire by composers of…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche

Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Meier

During the 2017 Festival season, the Dresden Festival Orchestra turns once again to its core repertoire by composers of the 19th and early 20th century who left their musical calling card in Dresden. Performed on historical instruments, the romantic era springs to life with the overture to Richard Wagner’s early opera »Rienzi« and with Richard Strauss’ late cycle »Vier letzte Lieder«. In the solo role Waltraud Meier, one of the most renowned singers of her fach, lends a voice to the composer’s great work of farewell. Beethoven’s »Eroica« rounds out the evening, striking its passionate and heroic notes – a revolution in sound brilliantly rendered by the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton.  

Dresdner Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Waltraud Meier, Mezzo-Soprano  

  • Richard Wagner: Overture to »Rienzi«; Richard Strauss »Vier letzte Lieder«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 »Eroica« 
Singakademie Dresden

Sun 11 Jun

Sinfonietta – Singakademie – Klemm

2017 sees not only the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, but also the 100-year anniversary of the October…

  • 19:30
  • Hochschule für Musik

Sinfonietta – Singakademie – Klemm

2017 sees not only the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, but also the 100-year anniversary of the October Revolution. This evening’s concert program captures the social, political and artistic consequences of the latter event in music. The multi-faceted concert begins with two works, one of them a world premiere, by Reiner Bredemeyer, who passed away in 1995 and was one of the GDR’s greatest theatrical composers, having created more than 600 works. Two impressive documents of their times, »Die Mutter« by Eisler and Brecht, one of the most successful works produced by proletarian theatre prior to 1933, and »Jüdische Chronik« (»Jewish Chronicle«), settings by five East and West German composers created in 1960, round out this many-layered evening.  

Sinfonietta Dresden
Singakademie Dresden
Elisabeth Holmer, Mezzo-Soprano
N.N., Tenor
Georg Streuber, Baritone
Olaf Bär, Narrator
Ekkehard Klemm, Conductor  

  • Reiner Bredemeyer: »Lenin: Eine Art Beispiel« for Narrator, Male Chorus and Instruments, »Berichte« setting texts by Heiner Müller for Narrator, Tenor, Chorus and Instruments (world premiere)
  • Hanns Eisler: »Die Mutter«. Cantata for Mezzo-Soprano, Baritone, Narrator, Chorus and two Pianos, et al.  
5:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK AND PANEL DISCUSSION

 

In cooperation with the Singakademie Dresden   

Ivor Bolton

Sun 11 Jun

Berlin Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Meier

The Berlin Concert, which has become a beloved tradition, takes the Dresden Festival Orchestra to Berlin’s Philharmonie…

  • 20:00
  • Berliner Philharmonie

Berlin Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra – Bolton – Meier

The Berlin Concert, which has become a beloved tradition, takes the Dresden Festival Orchestra to Berlin’s Philharmonie under the baton of Ivor Bolton. Audiences in the German capital may look forward to the Dresden-born special sound of this orchestra – once again, the voyage of discovery leads us into the romantic period, with Wagner’s overture to »Rienzi« and Strauss’ »Vier letzte Lieder« with Waltraud Meier as the soloist. Afterwards, Beethoven’s »Eroica« - performed on historical instruments, like the rest of the program – strikes revolutionary poses of the classical era, completing a colorful concert evening on a high note.  

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Waltraud Meier, Mezzo-Soprano  

  • Richard Wagner: Overture to »Rienzi«; Richard Strauss »Vier letzte Lieder«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 »Eroica«
  • 20:00
  • Berliner Philharmonie
forthcoming
Anna Prohaska

Sun 11 Jun

La Folia Barockorchester – Prohaska – Borchev

The star soprano Anna Prohaska, the celebrated baritone Nikolay Borchev and La Folia Baroque Orchestra, founded in…

  • 20:00
  • Annenkirche

La Folia Barockorchester – Prohaska – Borchev

The star soprano Anna Prohaska, the celebrated baritone Nikolay Borchev and La Folia Baroque Orchestra, founded in 2007, travel to the midst of the storm of the »Glorious Revolution«. The great composer of the English baroque era, Henry Purcell, wrote two of his most important operas during these two years of revolt and turmoil: »Dido and Aeneas« and »King Arthur« are wonderful masterworks reflecting the events of their times – now with a nod and wink, now directly. They represent the creative freedom and spirit of an era preparing for great change. Thus, this evening promises a breathtaking journey to the many sounds of the island nation.  

La Folia Baroque Orchestra
Robin Peter Müller, Violin and Conductor
Anna Prohaska, Soprano
Nikolay Borchev, Baritone

»Glorious Revolution – England 1688/89« 
  • Excerpts from Henry Purcell’s »Dido and Aeneas« and »King Arthur«
Asya Fateyeva

Mon 12 Jun

Asya Fateyeva & Valeriya Myrosh

Innovative programs and masterful playing have allowed the saxophonist Asya Fateyeva, born in the Crimea in 1990, to…

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Wackerbarth

Asya Fateyeva & Valeriya Myrosh

Innovative programs and masterful playing have allowed the saxophonist Asya Fateyeva, born in the Crimea in 1990, to bring her instrument into the limelight of musical life. The »Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung« praised her as »a sensation for the music world«. Together with the young Ukrainian pianist Valeriya Myrosh, she will interpret works by the French composer Jules Demersseman and his Belgian colleague Jean-Baptiste Singelée as well as Sergei Prokofiev at Schloss Wackerbarth. Furthermore, the two young musicians are joined by the actor Sebastian Doppelbauer – together they tell the fascinating and touching story of Adolphe Sax, the genius instrument builder, and his revolutionary invention: the saxophone.  

Asya Fateyeva, Saxophone
Valeriya Myrosh, Piano
Sebastian Doppelbauer, Recitation

»SaxRevolution!«  
  • Works by Jules Demersseman, Sergei Prokofiev and Jean-Baptiste Singelée  

 

Kindly supported by Sächsisches Staatsweingut Schloss Wackerbarth  

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a glass of mineral water (41€ incl. ticketing fee). Reservations via www.musikfestspiele.com or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Cuarteto Casals

Tue 13 Jun

Cuarteto Casals

Founded in 1997, the Cuarteto Casals has revolutionized the chamber music scene of its Spanish homeland, giving it a…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Cuarteto Casals

Founded in 1997, the Cuarteto Casals has revolutionized the chamber music scene of its Spanish homeland, giving it a new and exciting voice. Traversing the concert stages of the world today, the musicians have retained their fresh and open view of music and repertoire, and the quartet has found loyal fans of the »sonic signature entirely its own« (»The New York Times«). At the concert at the Palais im Großen Garten, the quartet named for the Spanish cellist Pablo Casals plays two classics: Mozart’s »Dissonance Quartet« and Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 15. Bartók’s String Quartet No. 3 offers a resounding contrast, reflecting the mature style of its composer with its edgy tonal idiom.  

Cuarteto Casals:
Abel Tomàs, Violin
Vera Martínez, Violin
Jonathan Brown, Viola
Arnau Tomàs, Cello  

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major K. 465 »Dissonance Quartet«
  • Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 3 in C sharp minor Sz 85
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132

Cuarteto Casals

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
forthcoming
Barokksolistene (DMF 2015)

Wed 14 Jun

Baroque Lounge: Barokksolistene

When the talented Norwegian baroque violinist Bjarte Eike and his Barokksolistene made the audience dance – literally –…

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke

Baroque Lounge: Barokksolistene

When the talented Norwegian baroque violinist Bjarte Eike and his Barokksolistene made the audience dance – literally – during its »Alehouse Session« at the Palais im Großen Garten in 2015, playing, dancing, singing and joking, this evening of music from taverns and inns as well as traditional airs from England and Ireland simply cried out for repetition. The Festival is delighted to invite the award-winning baroque ensemble back to the banks of the Elbe River only two years later. And what location could be more congenial to the wonderful public-house atmosphere evoked by the ensemble than the Dancehall and Brewery Watzke, which began life as a rural tavern in the 18th century!  

Barokksolistene:
Bjarte Eike, Violin
Per Buhre, Violin, Viola
Miloš Valent, Violin, Viola
Thomas Guthrie, Vocals
Steven Player, Guitar, Dance
Fredrik Bock, Guitar, Charango, Lute
Johannes Lundberg, Double Bass
Hans Knut Sveen, Harpsichord
Helge Norbakken, Percussion 

Barokksolistene

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
forthcoming
Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Thu 15 Jun

Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Gatti – Tetzlaff

Founded at the end of the 1990s by Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which unites 45 members from 20…

  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche

Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Gatti – Tetzlaff

Founded at the end of the 1990s by Claudio Abbado, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, which unites 45 members from 20 different nationalities, is a welcome guest at the Festival. Led by its newly-elected Artistic Advisor Daniele Gatti, who also took up his position as new Chief Conductor of Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw Orchestra this season, the orchestra presents Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 2 and 6 at the Frauenkirche. The program’s highlight is Alban Berg’s »Dem Andenken eines Engels« for Violin and Orchestra, widely considered the most lyrical revolution ever to befall music. The »nomad collective« of top-level soloists performs with Christian Tetzlaff as its soloist, promising an absolutely outstanding musical experience.  

Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Daniele Gatti, Conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, Violin  

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36
  • Alban Berg: Concerto for Violin und Orchestra (»Dem Andenken eines Engels«)
  • Ludwig van Beethove:n Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 »Pastorale«  
7PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE OF THE FRAUENKIRCHE)

Dieter Ilg Trio

Fri 16 Jun

Dieter Ilg Trio

Dieter Ilg »seduces with one of the most beautiful and songful jazz sounds in today’s jazz world« (»Süddeutsche…

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)

Dieter Ilg Trio

Dieter Ilg »seduces with one of the most beautiful and songful jazz sounds in today’s jazz world« (»Süddeutsche Zeitung«) and is considered one of Germany’s best jazz musicians. Time and again, he turns to the cultural roots of the European musical tradition. In «Mein Beethoven», for which the double bass player received his third ECHO Jazz Award in 2016 together with pianist Rainer Böhm and percussionist Patrice Héral, he presents fascinating jazz adaptations of works by the great master, revealing a completely different side of Beethoven. The trio manages to eliminate borders between musical epochs and genres – both dyed-in-the-wool jazz fans and classical music aficionados will succumb to the pure listening enjoyment that beckons here.  

Dieter Ilg, Double Bass
Rainer Böhm, Piano
Patrice Héral, Percussion

  • »My Beethoven«  

 

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

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Kleiner Schlosshof)
forthcoming
Martin Brambach

Fri 16 Jun

Flautando Köln & Brambach

For 25 years, the recorder quartet Flautando Köln has traversed epochs and genres with virtuosity and infectiously…

  • 20:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten

Flautando Köln & Brambach

For 25 years, the recorder quartet Flautando Köln has traversed epochs and genres with virtuosity and infectiously joyful music-making, playing more than forty different recorders of all sizes and models. The ensemble’s trademark are fascinating and entertaining programs at the highest musical level. During the 500-year anniversary of the Reformation, it joins the well-known theatre and film actor Martin Brambach on a search for Martin Luther. They will be flanked by the vibraphonist and composer Stefan Bauer and the percussionist Thorsten Müller. Their program illuminates many different facets of the great church reformer, considering him as a preacher, politician and private person, and bringing to life a tumultuous era through an intriguing symbiosis of spoken word and music.  

Flautando Köln:
Susanne Hochscheid
Katrin Krauß
Ursula Thelen
Kerstin de Witt

Thorsten Müller, Percussion
Stefan Bauer, Vibraphone, Composition
Martin Brambach, Recitation

500 Years of Reformation »Martin Luther: Preacher, Politician, Private Person«  
  • Featuring works by Orlando di Lasso, Martin Luther, Diego Ortiz, Arvo Pärt, Michael Praetorius, Ludwig Senfl, Marco Uccellini et al. and texts by Martin Luther
Klingende Stadt (2016)

Sat 17 Jun

Musical City

   »How musical is Dresden?« This question was asked by the 2016 Dresden Music Festival, calling on amateur musicians…

  • 14:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Eintritt frei

Musical City

»How musical is Dresden?« This question was asked by the 2016 Dresden Music Festival, calling on amateur musicians and professionals, young and old, from Saxony and elsewhere, to turn Dresden into a »Resounding City«, at the same time emphasizing tolerance and open-mindedness. The result: more than one thousand active participants at eleven different venues, and an ocean of music all over the city! In 2017 the Festival repeats its invitation to make music in every corner of Dresden, thereby sending a message of peaceful understanding between nations.  

Please register via email by March 31, 2017, sending your name or the name of your ensemble and your contact information to klingendestadt@musikfestspiele.com or via fax to + 49 (0)351 - 478 56 23.
  • 14:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Eintritt frei
forthcoming
Elfriede Jelinek

Sat 17 Jun

»Wut«: Jelinek – Wagner – »Jesus von Nazareth«

An angry chorus with orchestra at the Frauenkirche: inspired by the antique myth of the goddess Hera, who struck the…

  • 19:00
  • Frauenkirche

»Wut«: Jelinek – Wagner – »Jesus von Nazareth«

An angry chorus with orchestra at the Frauenkirche: inspired by the antique myth of the goddess Hera, who struck the hero Heracles with blind fury so that he killed his children in his rage, Elfride Jelinek writes about the rage of Islamist terrorists and German »Wutbürger« (»angry citizens«), about angry gods, fathers and sons. The conductor, composer and filmmaker Christian von Borries stages Jelinek’s new text together with actors from the Dresden State Theater and Orchestra at the Frauenkirche. He combines the texts with excerpts from »Siegfrieds Tod«, Mendelssohn’s »Reformation Symphony«, Passions by Bach and Mozart’s Requiem. Woven into this production is the unfinished fragment »Jesus von Nazareth« by Richard Wagner, reconstructed here for the first time.   

Christian von Borries, Director and Conductor  

»Rage – Jelinek, Wagner und Jesus von Nazareth« An orchestral performance by Christian von Borries based on the text »Wut« by Elfriede Jelinek and »Jesus von Nazareth« by Richard Wagner
  • Featuring music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as Richard Wagner’s »Jesus von Nazareth« – a reconstruction  

 

In cooperation with the Dresden State Theater    

  • 19:00
  • Frauenkirche
forthcoming
Dresden singt meetsn Posaunentag (2016)

Sat 17 Jun

Dresden sings & makes Music

The event »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« has found a new home on Neumarkt, due to ongoing construction at…

  • 21:00
  • Neumarkt

Dresden sings & makes Music

The event »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« has found a new home on Neumarkt, due to ongoing construction at Augustusbrücke. Since every new departure is accompanied by new impulses, the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton will provide the musical backbone of this popular format during the 40th anniversary season of the Festival. As usual, the musicians and the Balthasar Neumann Choir invite the audience not only to listen, but to join in singing some of the most popular opera choruses. Excerpts from Beethoven’s »Leonore« also provide a first taste of the Festival’s final concert. And when Verdi’s famous »Prisoner’s Chorus« begins, all those present should lift their voices in song, carried away by the power of music.  

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Choruses from Dresden
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Andrea Thilo, Host 

  • Open-air concert with a sing-along program

 

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

Dresdner Festspielorchester

Sun 18 Jun

Final Concert Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Leonore«

The Kulturpalast turns into an opera house for the finale of this year’s Music Festival. In an unusual encounter…

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast

Final Concert Dresden Festival Orchestra: »Leonore«

The Kulturpalast turns into an opera house for the finale of this year’s Music Festival. In an unusual encounter between the Dresden Festival Orchestra and outstanding soloists on the one hand and the young artists of »Bohème 2020«, who have been filling Festival spaces with their highly inspirational self-curated programs since 2014, »Leonore«, the original version of Beethoven’s »Fidelio«, will be performed on historic instruments. In this »opera of salvation and liberation«, Beethoven saw a possibility of expressing the principles of freedom and justice which he held dear.  

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Balthasar Neumann Choir
Ivor Bolton, Conductor
Miriam Clark, Soprano (Leonore)
Eric Cutler, Tenor (Florestan)
Michael Kupfer-Radecky, Baritone (Don Pizarro)
Christina Gansch, Soprano (Marzelline)
Martin Mitterrutzner, Tenor (Jacquino)
Peter Rose, Bass (Rocco)
Tareq Nazmi, Bass (Don Fernando)
»Bohème 2020«

»Festival Orchestra meets ›Bohème 2020‹«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: »Leonore« (1805, the original version of »Fidelio«)  

 

»Bohème 2020« is supported by the Association »Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e. V.«

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Tickets at the price of 15 € for concerts that are part of the series »CLASSICAL BEATS«, »EXPERIENCE«, »SOUND & SCIENCE« 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

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