Diversity is the magic word – in nature and at the 2020 Dresden Music Festival. Director Jan Vogler has chosen the motto »INSPIRATION NATURE« for the festival, which runs from May 12 to June 12, 2020, presenting a richly varied programme in 63 concerts at 25 performance venues, effortlessly combining the New York Philharmonic with the Senegalese world musician Pape Diouf and the rock legend Sting.
Another focus of the 43rd Dresden Music Festival in 2020 is also on Ludwig van Beethoven’s oeuvre: 19 concerts are dedicated to that great revolutionary of the classical era, reflecting the entire breadth of his work in many different facets. One highlight of the Beethoven celebrations is the world premiere of the Triple Concerto »Alisma« for Violin, Cello and Clarinet by the Swiss composer William Blank. A homage to Beethoven’s famous Triple Concerto, it will receive its first performance in Dresden on May 21, 2020 by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi, with soloists Mira Wang (violin), Jan Vogler (cello) and Daniel Ottensamer (clarinet).
»Nature is at the heart of human interest. To the composers of epochs past, it provided boundless inspiration; to artists of today it is a yardstick and source of all vitality. Will future generations be able to experience the diversity and richness of nature in the same way? The 2020 programme of the Dresden Music Festival may be considered a contribution to this discussion, which is raging all over the world,« so Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival.
As part of the »Beethoven Pastoral Project« initiated by the United Nations, the Dresden Festival Orchestra dedicates itself to the Ludwig van Beethoven anniversary on June 5, 2020 – well in keeping with this year’s festival motto. Under the baton of Ivor Bolton, the musicians explore the original sound of Beethoven’s Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6 on historical instruments. During the orchestra’s second working phase, René Jacobs makes his debut with the Festival Orchestra in Brahms’ »Ein deutsches Requiem«.
Artists such as Barbara Hannigan & the Munich Philharmonic, Murray Perahia & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Philippe Jaroussky, Jamie Cullum, Aoife O’Donovan, Till Brönner and Martin Grubinger promise a plethora of inspiration at the 43rd Dresden Music Festival.
No less than two British orchestras appear in Dresden this Festival season: the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo with violinist Gil Shaham and the BBC Philharmonic under Omer Meir Wellber with Jan Vogler as soloist. The Avishai Cohen Trio makes a stop in Dresden for its only German appearance during its world tour of 50 countries, while Patricia Kopatchinskaja & the »Orchester des Wandels« perform a concert at the Festspielhaus Hellerau, sending a signal for environmental protection. The Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center in Seoul brings traditional music from Korea to the Semper Opera, and with a concert of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic under Yuri Temirkanov and with violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian, the Festival celebrates the city partnership between Dresden and St. Petersburg. The group of artists »Bohème 2020« celebrates the finale of its project with a best-of selection from six inspiring years. The two open-air events »The City Resounds – Klingende Stadt« and »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« invite everyone in Dresden to share the enjoyment of making music together.
Tickets for the 43rd Dresden Music Festival go on sale on October 30, 2019.
The »Palace Concerts« of the Dresden Music Festival opened its 2019-20 season. The new edition will present once again unique musical encounters with world-renowned soloists and orchestras outside the regular festival time at the concert hall at Dresden’s Kulturpalast
The opening concert on October 27, 2019 will feature pianist Mitsuko Uchida performing three sonatas by Franz Schubert followed by a reunion with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski on November 17, 2019 who will bring Mahler's Fifth Symphony and Britten's Symphony for Violoncello and Orchestra with Jan Vogler as soloist. All the world is curious about the musical liaison between the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko who will serve up an evening of fascinating contrasts on February 21, 2020: Brahms’ »Tragic Overture«, Bernd Alois Zimmermann's »Alagoana« and Sergei Rachmaninov's Symphonic Dances. The finale on March 25, 2020 unites two outstanding music personalities on one stage: the star soprano Renée Fleming and the world-class pianist Evgeny Kissin. This exceptional recital with songs by Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy and Richard Strauss is most definitely an event to look forward to.
During his appearance at the 2019 Dresden Music Festival the US-American violinist Joshua Bell was honored with the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«. In addition to his projects as a violinist and Artistic Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, he is a passionate advocate for music education.
Bearing a cash value of 25,000 Euros, the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« is donated by the watchmaking company Glashütte Original and presented in conjunction with the Dresden Music Festival.