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,« Jan Vogler, Director of the Dresden Music Festival, said today in Dresden.
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.
A high-carat program such as that of the 43rd Dresden Music Festival could not be presented without supporters and sponsors. Therefore, our special thanks are due to the State Capital of Dresden, the Free State of Saxony and our premium partners: the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and Glashütte Original.
»We are extraordinarily pleased to be a premium partner of the 43rd Dresden Music Festival once again. The entire city will be on its feet again and spring will resound throughout the town – literally. Our guests from far and near will experience outstanding music and performances before the backdrop of this city’s breath-taking urban architecture. We look forward to being inspired by world-famous artists and to meeting their enthusiastic, music-loving audience,« says Andreas Rieger, spokesman of the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden.
The Dresden Music Festival is an institution of the State Capital of Dresden and is co-financed by tax funding on the basis of the budget passed by the members of the Parliament of Saxony.
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The 43rd Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 12 to June 12, 2020.
For the Dresden Music Festival, the most diverse and successful season in its history draws to a close today. The legendary guitarist Eric Clapton performs the last concert, bringing 26 vivid festival days under the motto »Visions« to a rousing finale. Over the course of three and a half weeks, a multi-faceted program featuring 56 concerts of different genres – from classical to jazz, world music and blues rock – curated by Artistic Director Jan Vogler proved once again that the Dresden Music Festival, founded in 1978, has long risen to the top of the European festival landscape.
Approximately 58,000 visitors came to be enchanted by about 1,500 artists at the 22 performance venues in and around Dresden. With 93 percent of seats filled, the Festival’s ticket revenue grew to 2 million Euros for the first time. That is an increase of 29 percent compared to the previous year.
»The Festival city of Dresden has come into its own. An enthusiastic audience – a felicitous mixture of local visitors and fans of classical music from elsewhere – celebrated Dresden as one of Europe’s cultural capitals,« thus Jan Vogler, Artistic Director of the Dresden Music Festival, summarized the event.
Among the highlights of the 42nd Dresden Music Festival were guest performances by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Philharmonic under Tugan Sokhiev and the Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev. The Dresden Festival Orchestra with Jan Vogler as the cello soloist and the conductor Constantinos Caridys offered a veritable fireworks of French romanticism in historically informed sound. The performance of the American violinist Joshua Bell and the Camerata Salzburg under Andrew Manze at the Frauenkirche was no less passionate; on the same occasion, Bell was honoured with the 16th »Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward«. Standing ovations greeted violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and cellist Yo-Yo Ma at the sold-out Kulturpalast. During the world premiere of the cello concerto »Three Continents« written by Nico Muhly, Sven Helbig and Zhou Long, the WDR Symphony Orchestra and Jan Vogler impressively demonstrated how sound colours from three continents can blend in one harmonious whole – the performance was conducted by Cristian Măcelaru. The performances of the interdisciplinary group of artists »Bohème 2020« stood out for their originality.
The 43rd Dresden Music Festival takes place from May 12 to June 12, 2020.
The 42nd Dresden Music Festival ends with a premiere on June 10, 2019: the legendary guitarist Eric Clapton plays the final concert of the classical music festival, which was founded in 1978, thereby broadening the festival’s spectrum to include rock and blues music for the very first time. A very special artistic encounter awaits the approximately 4,000 visitors to the Dresden Fair.
At his own request, Eric Clapton will play a few songs together with cellist Jan Vogler, who is also the artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival, on June 10. Thus, the final concert of Clapton’s tour in Dresden ends on an individual note of musical friendship.
Jan Vogler met Eric Clapton last year in London and invited him to his festival in Dresden as a star guest. The initial impulse for their meeting was provided by the show »New Worlds« with Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends in London, which Eric Clapton attended. The literary and musical project »New Worlds« was originally conceived for the Dresden Music Festival, where it premiered in 2017. This year’s Dresden Music Festival under the motto »VISIONS« began on May 16 and continues until June 10, 2019, featuring 56 concerts at 22 venues in Dresden.
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