The Dresden Music Festival wants to open new perspectives to reach a global audience. In cooperation with the high-quality online streaming platform Dreamstage, they will broadcast concerts from Dresden and all over the world. Festival Director Jan Vogler is one of the founders of Dreamstage, a next-generation premium audio and video platform with ticket sales and, at the same time, a service provider for musicians of all genres. It enables artists to connect with their audience directly and to pursue their profession again.
»The Covid-19 crisis has shown us the need to use the technology of the 21st century in the field of live performances. I am looking forward to contributing to a new project that will benefit both my fellow musicians and our worldwide audience,« said Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival, Co-founder and Artistic Director of Dreamstage.
In cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival, the curtain in the virtual concert hall will first rise at www.dreamstage.live on August 22, 2020, for a concert with pianist Hélène Grimaud and cellist Jan Vogler. From then on, there will be a schedule of daily concerts with artists such as Senegalese musician Pape Diouf, singer Ute Lemper, and violinist Gil Shaham. In cooperation with the Dresden Music Festival as well is the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Josep Caballé Domenech, who will perform at Dreamstage on September 12, 2020. Furthermore, the audience will have the chance to experience the concerts of the 2021 Dresden Music Festival globally via Dreamstage in addition to the live experience. In the future, the magnificent scenery of the festivals more than 20 performance venues can be transported to listeners across the globe.
Dreamstage was born out of the collective vision of its three founders who committed to ensuring that musicians can offer their audience high-quality live performances. The co-founders are leaders of their respective fields, and meet at the interface of the performing arts, entertainment, technology, and entrepreneurship: Thomas Hesse, CEO, Jan Vogler, Artistic Director, and Scott Chasin, Chief Technology Officer. The design of Dreamstage simulates a traditional live event with virtual ticket offices, an entrance for the audience, artistic entrance, and lounge after the performance. The audience is welcomed to a diverse universe of virtual concert halls for various genres and events designed by excellent designers.
About the founders:
Thomas Hesse, CEO, is the former president of SONY MUSIC for Global Digital Business and US Sales/Distribution. He was committed to advancing the switch from physical mediums of recordings to streaming services. He brings three decades of management experience in the entertainment industry, which includes the co-founding of VEVO in addition to his position as CEO and Chief Digital Officer of Bertelsmann.
Jan Vogler, Artistic Director, tours the world’s major concert halls as an internationally leading cellist together with some of the most famous conductors and orchestras as well as artists like Eric Clapton and Bill Murray, and has been the director of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009.
Scott Chasin, CTO, is an engineer and entrepreneur who founded and sold several start-ups, most recently ProtectWise, a platform for online security, which was acquired by Verizon in 2019. MX Logic, an e-mail security service, was bought by McAfee in 2010 where he was CTO prior to Intel’s takeover.
For further information, please consult: www.dreamstage.live
The Dresden Music Festival announces a premiere within the 24-hour-Livestream-Festival »Music Never Sleeps DMF« on the 16th of May 2020: For the first time in its history, the Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival Jan Vogler will award via Video-Livestream the »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« to Barbara Hannigan. After the ceremony, Barbara Hannigan will also be musically a part of the Online-Festival.
»It is a very important time to support our younger colleagues, to encourage them and to mentor them. This year, as the ›Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward‹ happens, I am happy to say it goes directly to young artists in the first phase of their career. I think it is a sign of hope and a sign of encouragement for them. We are saying: We want to hear you, to hear your voices, your interpretations, we want to work with you and witness the development of your projects and your dreams. It is a time when we embrace our community, and we help each other. I am extremely grateful, and I am very hopeful,« says Barbara Hannigan.
The »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward« honors contributions to the mediation and the youth development within the classical music scene. In 2020, the watchmaker company Glashütte Original is sponsoring this for the 17th time and awards it together with the Dresden Music Festival. The »Glashütte Original MusikFestspielPreis« is endowed with 25.000,00 EUR. The money is for a specific purpose.
Livestream-Festival with almost 60 artists on May 16th from 6 p.m. (CET)
The Dresden Music Festival will celebrate a 24-hour-Livestream-Festival under the motto »Music Never Sleeps DMF«. Next to Barbara Hannigan, almost 60 Festival Artists will stream short programs from their homes and rehearsal rooms all around the globe. Our audience also awaits various special surprises: the US-American Jazz singer China Moses composed a new song for the online version of the Dresden Music Festival and enriches the stream with a world premiere.
Start: 16th of May 2020, 6 p.m. (MET)
Hosts: Jan Vogler, Ute Lemper, Martin Brambach, and Katja Riemann
Artists: Fabio Luisi, Ute Lemper, Omer Meir Wellber, Mischa Maisky, James Ehnes, Martin Stadtfeld, Tiffany Poon, Boris Giltburg, Patricia Kopatchinska, Aoife O’Donavan, Pape Diouf, Jamie Cullum, Eldbjørg Hemsing & Sveinung Bjelland, Tan Dun, Santiago Canon Valencia, Anastasia Kobekina, Zlatomir Fung, New York Gypsy All-Stars, Simone Kermes & Gianluca Geremia, Avi Avital, José Cura, Nils Landgren & Thomas Steinfeld, Francesco Tristano, Duo Thomas Gansch & Georg Breinschmid, Lars Vogt, Valer Sabadus, Julian Pregardien, Omer Klein, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Martin Grubinger, Rufus Wainwright, Asya Fateyava & Stepan Simonian, Xavier Sabata & Dani Espasa, Robin Johanssen, Anneleen Lenaerts, Jarko Riihimäki, Ian Bostridge & Saskia Giorgini, China Moses, Renaud Capucon, Gautier Capucon, Francesco Piemontesi, Christina Pluhar, Hauschka, A. Tamestit, Julian Rachlin, Sir Bryn Terfel, Tamasz Palfalvi, Kimmo Pohjonen, Lise de la Salle, The Knights, Yaman Okur, L’Arpeggiata, The King’s Singers, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain and more.
Access: via the website and the Facebook channel of the Dresden Music Festival, the YouTube-page of MusicNeverSleepsNYC, the streaming platform Takt1.
This year, the Dresden Music Festival turns the internet into a concert hall. Director Jan Vogler invites the audience in Dresden and all over the world to join him on May 16, from 6 pm (CET) for »Music Never Sleeps DMF« - a 24h Livestream Festival. The online festival is presented in collaboration with Jan Vogler’s initiative »Music Never Sleeps NYC«. It became an international sensation in March and was described by the Süddeutsche Zeitung as »… currently the most impressive of the many signs of life which the classical world attempted to show in times of concert hall closures.«
At the Dresden edition, more than 50 of the festival’s musicians along with artists that have been connected to the festival for years will carry the unique festival atmosphere to living rooms across the globe. Musicians like Fabio Luisi, Jamie Cullum, Pape Diouf, Aoife O’Donovan, Omer Meir Wellber, Nils Landgren, Simone Kermes, Francesco Tristano, Valer Sabadus, Avi Avital, James Ehnes, Mischa Maisky, Martin Stadtfeld, José Cura and Gil Shaham will stream short music acts from their living rooms and rehearsal spaces all over the world. Additionally, the Dresden Festival Orchestra under the baton Ivor Bolton and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev will appear in the stream with programs from previous years. Jan Vogler will be supported by his co-host singer Ute Lemper.
»In times of crisis like these it is crucial that we think of our audience, our artists and our partners like the City of Dresden, the Free State of Saxony as well as our sponsors and celebrate the 2020 Dresden Music Festival intensely - at least for 24 hours,« says Jan Vogler.
The stream will be broadcast on the Dresden Music Festival’s website, Youtube and Facebook channels, along with the channels of »Music Never Sleeps NYC«. The latest news regarding the program can be found with the hashtag #musicneversleepsdmf or on the festival’s website.
The 43rd Dresden Music Festival was scheduled for May 12 to June 12, 2020, and was canceled because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
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