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.
It is with great regret that the Dresden Music Festival announces the 2020 festival cannot take place as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. According to the decision of the German Federal Government and the state governments of 15 April 2020, events may not take place until 31 August 2020. By this instruction, all planned live concerts from May 12 to June 12, 2020, are canceled to guarantee the safety of the artists and the audience.
»At this time it is crucial to look ahead. Dresden is a music and festival destination and culture is essential to all its inhabitants. The Dresden Music Festival will find creative and innovative ways to reach its audiences during these difficult times and will work hard to strengthen the reputation of Dresden as a cultural city in the world despite the Covid-19 crisis. Our core responsibility remains to enrich human communication and to make all of our lives more beautiful through music. We will also insure that some of the highlights of the 2020 festival, which were greatly anticipated by our audiences will be postponed to 2021,« said Jan Vogler, director of the Dresden Music Festival.
At the same time, Jan Vogler announces a premiere for the 1978-founded festival: To ensure the 43rd Dresden Music Festival is not canceled without replacement, the festival team is collaborating with Jan Vogler’s initiative »Music Never Sleeps NYC« to create a 24h Livestream Marathon. Together with festival artists from all over the world, the livestream will spread the unique festival atmosphere to living rooms across the globe. More information about dates and participating artists will be published using the hashtag #musicneversleepsDMF on the festival’s website and social media channels at the beginning of May.
»The cancellation of the Dresden Music Festival saddens all of us, but it is one in a long list of festivals in Germany and Europe that have been cancelled. Faced with the worldwide pandemic, giving up cherished traditions and consideration for others take precedence, and the official regulations leave us no choice at the moment. Therefore, I would like to thank the Dresden Music Festival’s audience and artists for their understanding and hope they will remain faithful friends to the festival. In the meantime, we do not have to forego musical treats entirely, as director Jan Vogler and his team have prepared an online program entitled #musicneversleepsDMF which will help us pass the time until the next festival in 2021, increasing our appetite for live concerts,« says Annekatrin Klepsch, Deputy Mayor & Councillor for Culture and Tourism, State Capital of Dresden.
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