The Dresden Music Festival begins its new season optimistically. Director Jan Vogler designated the 44th edition of the festival from May 14 to June 12, 2021, to the motto »DIALOGUES«. After the coronavirus-induced cultural hiatus, he intends to reopen the dialogue with the audience in a total of 64 concerts at 25 venues.
In 2021, the festival program's focus lies more than ever on genre diversity and internationality. With the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra under Jaap van Zweden, an Asian orchestra will, for the very first time, open the festival. Rock icon Sting sets the final chord. This time, the commission of the Dresden Music Festival comes from the pen of Swiss composer William Blank – the triple concerto »Alisma« was written on the occasion of Beethoven‘s 250th anniversary and originally intended to premiere during the 2020 Dresden Music Festival. Now, it will have its belated world premiere in 2021 with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under the baton Kent Nagano and with soloists Mira Wang (violin), Jan Vogler (cello), and Daniel Ottensamer (clarinet).
»Planning in times of Covid-19 is a matter of attitude. As a significant classical music festival, the Dresden Music Festival holds great cultural and touristic responsibility. Together with our partners, we have put together an excellent program for 2021 – while taking the current hygiene regulations into account. Our festival team is highly flexible, and we will do everything we can to stimulate the cultural world and inspire personal dialogues through music,« Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival, said today in Dresden.
At the 44th Dresden Music Festival, world-renowned orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Harding, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, or the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle meet the protagonists of the singer/songwriter, jazz, rock, and world music scenes. Senegalese world musician Pape Diouf celebrates his German debut at the Junge Garde, and American songwriter Aoife O'Donovan inaugurates the new festival format Music Lounge at the Löwensaal. In addition to jazz stars such as Till Brönner, Tom Schilling, and chanson singer Ute Lemper, the audience can look forward to celebrated soloists of the classical music world like pianist Emanuel Ax, trumpet player Sergei Nakariakov, singer Regula Mühlemann, violinist Gil Shaham, cellist Steven Isserlis, and pianist Rudolf Buchbinder. Daniele Gatti, who will reside in Dresden as Artist in Residence, will set new accents as conductor of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra with Shostakovich's 7th Symphony, and in a Schumann Cycle with the Dresden Festival Orchestra. For new music, the focus lies on American composers: Scottish percussionist Colin Currie and the Staatskapelle Weimar under Frank Strobel will give the German premiere of Danny Elfman's Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra. Furthermore, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Eric Jacobsen, performs John Adams »Harmonielehre«.
»The Dresden Music Festival is renowned around the world. This was also demonstrated by the great response to the Coronavirus-related replacement program ›Music Never Sleeps DMF‹ with over 220,000 viewers. The Dresden Music Festival contributes considerably to the reputation of Saxony as a ›land of culture‹. Many regional cultural actors are involved in addition to world-famous stars, making the festival a crucial facilitator for easily accessible cultural education,« says Barbara Klepsch, Saxony’s State Minister for Culture and Tourism.
»The Dresden Music Festival actively confronts the challenges the Coronavirus pandemic poses for the entire cultural sector. For this, I am immensely grateful to Jan Vogler and his team. Especially now, it is vital to establish cultural means for making high-class art with an enormous allure come alive,« says Dirk Hilbert, Mayor oft he State Capital City of Dresden. »The Dresden Music Festival is firmly anchored in the budget planning for the coming years as we have the strong cinviction that the festival intensely enriches Dresden and, at the same time, attracts guests from all over the world – even if perhaps more virtually than personally in the coming year.«
»We are particularly pleased to support the Dresden Music Festival as a premium partner. We are confident it will not only prove the need for musical and artistic dialogues but also reveal their power to give strength and confidence. They gift both the world-famous artists as well as the passionate and music-loving audience something that gives life the optimism it deserves,« said Andreas Rieger, spokesperson of the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.
»The Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward annually honours an artist who not only moves an international audience with his or her music, but who has also invested a considerable amount of time and energy in support of young talent. As a manufactory rich in tradition, we know how important it is to pass on valuable knowledge to the next generation. For this reason we are proud to honour, year after year together with the Dresden Music Festival, musicians who devote themselves with passion and creativity to the success of talented emerging artists,« says Frank Kittel, Chief Financial Officer von Glashütte Original.
The Dresden Music Festival is an institution of the State Capital of Dresden co-financed by tax funding on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Parliament of Saxony.
Ticket sales begin on November 2, 2020 (with seating limits according to the hygiene concept).
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
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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