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Mitsuko Uchida

Sun 27 Oct

Palace Concert

Piano Recital Mitsuko Uchida

She is one of the most fascinating artist personalities of our times: Dame Mitsuko Uchida. Her sensitive…

Palace Concert

Piano Recital Mitsuko Uchida

She is one of the most fascinating artist personalities of our times: Dame Mitsuko Uchida. Her sensitive interpretations, brilliance and finely-honed instinct for sound have made the British artist with Japanese roots one of the most sought-after pianists in classical music. In Schubert’s music, Uchida, who has been described as »one of the world’s great Schubert interpreters« by »The New York Times« and is currently touring leading concert halls with her cycle of Schubert sonatas, finds an absolute »purity of feeling«. Her debut at the »Palace Concerts« features three of his sonatas, including the last one, which makes the entire emotional spectrum – from boundless joy to profound pain – compellingly audible.

Mitsuko Uchida – Piano

  • Franz Schubert: Sonata for Piano in A minor D. 537, Sonata for Piano in C major D. 840, Sonata for Piano in B flat major D. 960
Mitsuko Uchida

Mitsuko Uchida [Piano]

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on March 14, 10 am.
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Jan Vogler

Sun 17 Nov

Palace Concert

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Vogler

A dynamic and widely-acclaimed artistic partnership: Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra have become…

Palace Concert

London Philharmonic Orchestra – Jurowski – Vogler

A dynamic and widely-acclaimed artistic partnership: Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic Orchestra have become synonymous with an outstanding level of instrumental performance, highly differentiated orchestral sound and intensely expressive interpretations. The British orchestra opens the evening with a musical calling-card from its homeland: under its chief conductor and with Jan Vogler as the soloist, Britten’s Symphony for Cello and Orchestra will be performed, a work which Mstislav Rostropovich, its dedicatee, considered »the best ever written for cello«. This is followed by Mahler’s overwhelming Fifth Symphony, a pillar of late romanticism, which not only marked a turning point in the composer’s oeuvre, but has remained one of his most popular creations to this day.

London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski – Conductor
Jan Vogler – Violoncello

  • Benjamin Britten: Symphony for Violoncello and Orchestra Op. 68
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
  • 18:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on March 14, 10 am.
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Berliner Philharmonierk und Kirill Petrenko

Fri 21 Feb

Palace Concert

Berlin Philharmonic & Kirill Petrenko

All the world is curious about the musical liaison between the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko. The Dresden…

Palace Concert

Berlin Philharmonic & Kirill Petrenko

All the world is curious about the musical liaison between the Berlin Philharmonic and Kirill Petrenko. The Dresden Music Festival is all the more delighted to welcome the elite orchestra and its new chief conductor to Dresden as part of their first German tour. At the Kulturpalast, the musicians serve up an evening of fascinating contrasts, starting dramatically with Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements. Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s ballet music »Alagoana« with its Brazilian flair is an expressive work in which reminiscences of Stravinsky’s »Sacre« and Ravel’s »Bolero« occasionally float by. Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, which are performed in the second half of the concert, are considered his symphonic legacy, a work in which the Russian composer in his American exile took stock of his (musical) life.

Berliner Philharmoniker
Kirill Petrenko – Conductor

  • Igor Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements
  • Bernd Alois Zimmermann: »Alagoana«
  • Sergej Rachmaninow: Symphonic Dances Op. 45
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on March 14, 10 am.
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Renée Fleming

Wed 25 Mar

Palace Concert

Song recital Renée Fleming & Evgeny Kissin

A high-carat summit meeting awaits the audience when the American star soprano Renée Fleming, who is known and praised…

Palace Concert

Song recital Renée Fleming & Evgeny Kissin

A high-carat summit meeting awaits the audience when the American star soprano Renée Fleming, who is known and praised for her warm, expressive and versatile voice around the world, and the piano virtuoso Evgeny Kissin, one of the outstanding artists of his generation, share the stage for the first time. At a select few concert halls – Dresden’s Kulturpalast among them – the world-class duo presents a unique song recital featuring works by the romanticists Liszt, Schubert and Duparc and the French impressionist Debussy. This unique meeting of two living legends, both celebrated for their artistry around the globe, is most definitely an event to look forward to.

Renée Fleming – Soprano
Evgeny Kissin – Piano

  • Songs by Claude Debussy, Henry Duparc, Franz Liszt and Franz Schubert
  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • Ticket sales start on March 14, 10 am.
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Tue 12 May

Opening Concert: Trifonov – New York Philharmonic – van Zweden

During this year’s opening concert, the Dresden Music Festival and its Intendant renew their long friendship with the…

Opening Concert: Trifonov – New York Philharmonic – van Zweden

During this year’s opening concert, the Dresden Music Festival and its Intendant renew their long friendship with the New York Philharmonic. As early as 2005, Jan Vogler performed as a soloist with the orchestra under Lorin Maazel’s baton for the opening of the reconstructed Frauenkirche in Dresden. Under Alan Gilbert, the orchestra subsequently appeared several times in various programs, offering brilliant concert experiences. Under its new chief conductor, the Dutchman Jaap van Zweden, the New York Philharmonic now makes its first appearance inside the acoustic brilliance of the Kulturpalast’s concert hall. It plays a signature program featuring the outstanding pianist Daniil Trifonov – another celebrated Festival guest making an eagerly-awaited return.

Daniil Trifonov – Piano
New York Philharmonic
Jaap van Zweden – Conductor

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 25 in C major K. 503
    Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony: No. 5 in D minor Op. 47
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

Opening Concert of the Music Festival of the State Capital of Dresden

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 125 / 95 / 75 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Wed 13 May

Jamie Cullum

A jazz musician with pop star status: Jamie Cullum is a phenomenon. For 20 years now, the lively Brit has become one of…

Jamie Cullum

A jazz musician with pop star status: Jamie Cullum is a phenomenon. For 20 years now, the lively Brit has become one of the internationally most successful musicians in the British Isles, as documented by more than ten million sold albums, a »Grammy«, two »Golden Globes«, three »Brit Awards« and a popular show on BBC’s Radio 2. Genre boundaries don’t concern this exceptional artist, who is sometimes known as »Sinatra in Sneakers« and draws inspiration from jazz, rock and pop. Cullum, however, also commands the entire breadth of musical possibilities, being a gifted entertainer and showman – with infectious energy, wit, profundity and, first and foremost, simply great music!

Jamie Cullum and Band

Jamie Cullum

Jamie Cullum [Singer]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Thu 14 May

Apollo5

The nature of man, the natural circle of life from cradle to grave, from light to darkness – all this is described by…

Apollo5

The nature of man, the natural circle of life from cradle to grave, from light to darkness – all this is described by the young and multiple award-winning English vocal ensemble Apollo5, presenting a broad and flamboyant musical program ranging from William Byrd to Ralph Vaughan Williams and all the way to Elton John as well as John Lennon and Paul McCartney. The works the five vocalists have chosen from their latest CD, »O Radiant Dawn«, reflect different facets of heavenly and earthly beauty and grandeur. Exquisite a-cappella singing at an extraordinary venue.

Apollo5:
Penelope Appleyard – Soprano
Clare Stewart – Soprano
Jacob Ewens – Tenor
Oliver Martin-Smith – Tenor
Greg Link – Bass

»O Radiant Dawn«
  • Russian, English and Scottish folk songs as well as works by William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, Elton John, John Lennon/Paul McCartney, Thomas Morley, Paul Simon, Ralph Vaughan Williams et al.
Apollo5

Apollo5

  • 19:30
  • Sparkassen-Versicherung Sachsen (Hauptverwaltung, Atrium)
  • 35 EUR
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Thu 14 May

Baroque Lounge: Nora Fischer

»Nora Fischer is a revelation, both versatile and virtuosic…«, the »BBC Music Magazine« raved about the singer’s breadth…

Baroque Lounge: Nora Fischer

»Nora Fischer is a revelation, both versatile and virtuosic…«, the »BBC Music Magazine« raved about the singer’s breadth of abilities. The highly talented daughter of conductor Iván Fischer regards classical music as the foundation of her creative wanderings – as heard on her debut album »Hush«. For this album, she collaborated with the electric guitarist Marnix Dorrestein, recording baroque arias and songs by Monteverdi, Scarlatti and Purcell, among others. Far from the beaten musical track, the duo gives these »ancient« sounds a fresh and innovative slant, making them the perfect cast for a relaxed evening of discoveries at the Baroque Lounge.

Nora Fischer – Vocals
Marnix Dorrestein – Electric Guitar and Vocals

»Hush«
  • Works by Marc Antonio Cesti, John Dowland, Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Alessandro Scarlatti, Antonio Vivaldi et al.
Nora Fischer

Nora Fischer [Singer]

  • 20:00
  • Ball- und Brauhaus Watzke
  • 35 EUR
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Fri 15 May

Brentano String Quartet & Jan Vogler

The audience may look forward to a very special chamber music delicacy at the Palais im Großen Garten when cellist Jan…

Brentano String Quartet & Jan Vogler

The audience may look forward to a very special chamber music delicacy at the Palais im Großen Garten when cellist Jan Vogler joins the high-carat American Brentano String Quartet, whose first violinist he met as early as the 1990s at the Marlboro Music Festival, and with whom he performs Schubert’s unique String Quintet in C major, published posthumously. The String Quartet Op. 80 by Mendelssohn which opens the concert is another exceptional musical creation. After the death of his beloved sister Fanny, the composer retreated to the Swiss mountains to write it, regaining »better composure« amidst nature.

Brentano String Quartet:
Mark Steinberg – Violin
Serena Canin – Violin
Misha Amory – Viola
Nina Maria Lee – Violoncello

Jan Vogler – Violoncello

  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Quartet for 2 Violins, Viola and Violoncello No. 6 in F minor Op. 80
  • Franz Schubert: Quintet for 2 Violins, Viola and 2 Violoncelli in C major Op. post. 163 D. 956
  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Fri 15 May

Pape Diouf: World Music from Senegal

Pape Diouf from Senegal has long been a superstar on the African continent and has become one of the most important…

Pape Diouf: World Music from Senegal

Pape Diouf from Senegal has long been a superstar on the African continent and has become one of the most important musical voices of his homeland. There, the charismatic musician fills entire stadiums, but also has a loyal following in the USA, which he toured in 2016, and in Paris. Celebrated as the »King of Mbalax« – an atmospheric mix of Western styles such as soul, jazz and Latin with Senegalese rhythms – the singer is not only a talented writer of hits with a fascinating stage presence, but his music is also testament to values such as freedom and mutual respect, which are deeply rooted in Senegalese life. The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to welcome the singer to the Kulturpalast for his German debut.

Pape Diouf and La Génération Consciente

Pape Diouf

Pape Diouf [Singer]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sat 16 May

Shaham – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Oramo

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under its Finnish chief conductor continues the series of great British orchestras presented…

Shaham – BBC Symphony Orchestra – Oramo

The BBC Symphony Orchestra under its Finnish chief conductor continues the series of great British orchestras presented by the Dresden Music Festival. The renowned orchestra, a regular guest at the Proms, performs Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto together with violinist Gil Shaham, an audience favourite at the Dresden Music Festival. Both the Swiss mountains and the cosmopolitan hubbub of Paris left their traces in this work - both were home to the composer during the time of its writing. Benjamin Britten’s »Sinfonia da Requiem«, dedicated to his parents after their passing, is considered the composer’s earliest important instrumental work, while Elgar’s »Enigma Variations« have been called the birth of modern British music.

Gil Shaham – Violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo – Conductor

  • Benjamin Britten: »Sinfonia da Requiem« Op. 20
  • Samuel Barber: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 14
  • Edward Elgar: »Enigma Variations« Op. 36
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sun 17 May

Korea Meets Dresden

By legend, the founding of Korea is dated to 2333 BC. The »Land of the Rising Sun« thus looks back upon a long tradition…

Korea Meets Dresden

By legend, the founding of Korea is dated to 2333 BC. The »Land of the Rising Sun« thus looks back upon a long tradition and a rich cultural heritage. The Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center in Seoul brings the sounds of instruments such as the gayageum, piri, haegeum, ajaeng or daegum to the Semperoper. Pansori will also be performed – a kind of one-man opera in which the vocalist is only accompanied by a single drummer, which was declared part of UNESCO’s Immaterial World Heritage a few years ago. A very special meeting of Asian and European culture awaits the audience! The Festival is delighted that Dresden’s Mayor and his wife, who is originally from South Korea, have agreed to act as patrons of this concert.

Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center

  • Traditional Music from Korea

This concert takes place under the patronage of the Mayor of the State Capital of Dresden, Dirk Hilbert, and his wife, Su Yean Hilbert.

Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center

Folk Music Group of the National Gugak Center

  • 11:00
  • Semperoper
  • 45 / 35 / 25 / 15 / 15 EUR
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Sun 17 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Philippe Jaroussky & Ensemble Artaserse

Among countertenors, he is an exception: for two decades, the Frenchman Philippe Jaroussky has fascinated listeners with…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Philippe Jaroussky & Ensemble Artaserse

Among countertenors, he is an exception: for two decades, the Frenchman Philippe Jaroussky has fascinated listeners with his crystal-clear yet resonant and warm soprano on the opera and concert stages around the world, celebrated by reviewers and audiences alike. So it is hardly surprising that since 2016 an asteroid named for him has traversed space. For his debut at the Kulturpalast, the »radiant god of countertenors« (»Süddeutsche Zeitung«) will take us to celestial spheres once again. To do so, the vocalist and the Ensemble Artaserse which he founded in 2002 perform pearls of opera literature by Handel and Vivaldi – an evening of exquisite listening pleasure is guaranteed.

Philippe Jaroussky – Countertenor
Ensemble Artaserse

  • Arias from operas by George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Mon 18 May

Beethoven 2020

Gidon Kremer Trio

Without doubt, the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is one of the living legends of his instrument, embodying such a…

Beethoven 2020

Gidon Kremer Trio

Without doubt, the Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer is one of the living legends of his instrument, embodying such a consequent artistic attitude as is rarely found. During the 50 years of his career, the violinist has been an active champion of Russian and Eastern European composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Among these is Mieczysław Weinberg, who would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019 and was already praised by Shostakovich as one of the great composers of his time. Kremer’s concert with his trio at the Palais im Großen Garten is a resounding plea for Weinberg’s music. In 1814, Beethoven, already completely deaf at the time, made his last appearance as a pianist for the performance of his Piano Trio Op. 97, which was dedicated to Archduke Rudolf of Austria.

Gidon Kremer Trio:
Gidon Kremer, Violin
Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė, Violoncello
Yulianna Avdeeva, Piano

  • Mieczysław Weinberg: Work for Violin solo
  • Mieczysław Weinberg: Piano Trio Op. 24
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Trio No. 7 in B major Op. 97 »Archduke Trio«
  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Mon 18 May

Aoife O’Donovan: »Songs and Strings«

The singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most exciting and sought-after artists of her generation. As a…

Aoife O’Donovan: »Songs and Strings«

The singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan is one of the most exciting and sought-after artists of her generation. As a co-founder of the alternative bluegrass band Crooked Still and the folk trio I’m with her (also featuring Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz), and as the singer on the »Grammy«-winning CD »The Goat Rodeo Sessions« by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile, the American with Irish roots has made a name for herself as a versatile voice on the music scene. She has found musical inspiration in Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell. At the Dresden Music Festival, the musician presents her new program »Songs and Strings« together with Jeremy Kittel, among others. Kittel is one of the composers of the song cycle »Bull Frogs Croon«, setting texts by the American poet Peter Sears who passed away in 2017, which will be performed in this concert.

Aoife O’Donovan – Vocals and Guitar
and a String Ensemble

Aoife O'Donovan

Aoife O'Donovan [Singer]

  • 20:00
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
  • 45 / 35 / 25 / 15 / 10 / 15 EUR
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Tue 19 May

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresdner Kreuzchor – Wrocław Baroque Orchestra – Kreile

First performed in 1801, Joseph Haydn’s composition »Die Jahreszeiten« – known to the English-speaking world as »The…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresdner Kreuzchor – Wrocław Baroque Orchestra – Kreile

First performed in 1801, Joseph Haydn’s composition »Die Jahreszeiten« – known to the English-speaking world as »The Seasons« – does not sound like the mature work of an older composer. On the contrary: the oratorio about nature’s circle of life on earth, composed immediately after the first successful performances of »Die Schöpfung«, compels with its youthful colourfulness and infectious verve, offering the perfect musical material for the first-rate trio of soloists, the young singers of Dresden’s Kreuzchor and the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra from Dresden’s partner city, which is one of the most prominent Early Music ensembles in Poland. A quintessential work about nature!

Carolina Ullrich – Soprano
Martin Mitterrutzner – Tenor
Tobias Berndt – Bass
Dresdner Kreuzchor
Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
Roderich Kreile – Conductor

Joseph Haydn »Die Jahreszeiten« (»The Seasons«). Oratorio for 3 Solo Voices, Chorus and Orchestra Hob. XXI:3

6:15 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE)

Tue 19 May

Eldbjørg Hemsing & Julien Quentin

Once again, Schloss Wackerbarth hosts a series of rising and promising young talents in 2020. First among these is the…

Eldbjørg Hemsing & Julien Quentin

Once again, Schloss Wackerbarth hosts a series of rising and promising young talents in 2020. First among these is the violinist Eldbjørg Hemsing, who released her debut CD to great acclaim in 2018. The virtuoso Norwegian, who has become popular on the international concert stages, enthusiastically discovers works that are far from the beaten repertoire paths, proudly performing music of her homeland as well. She has also enjoyed a close and productive working relationship with the Chinese composer Tan Dun, which has resulted in four world premieres and a joint CD release. This fascinating versatility is also reflected by Hemsing’s Festival concert, in which she combines Tan Dun’s multi-faceted and intriguing sounds with those of Brahms, Grieg and Brustad, with Julian Quentin at the piano.

Eldbjørg Hemsing – Violin
Julien Quentin – Piano

  • Johannes Brahms: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in A major Op. 100
  • Tan Dun: »Hero« Sonata for Violin solo
  • Bjarne Brustad: »Fairytale Suite« for Violin solo
  • Edvard Grieg: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C minor Op. 45

Kindly supported by the State Winery of Saxony, Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l glass of mineral water (41 €). Reservations in the next step of your online booking or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

  • 19:30
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 35 EUR
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Wed 20 May

Murray Perahia & Academy of St Martin in the Fields

In the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and piano legend Murray Perahia, the Dresden Music Festival welcomes guests…

Murray Perahia & Academy of St Martin in the Fields

In the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and piano legend Murray Perahia, the Dresden Music Festival welcomes guests back to its stage who proved themselves audience favourites in the past. For this reencounter at the Kulturpalast, the chamber orchestra, which is celebrated for its brilliant and fresh interpretations, and its principal guest conductor bring a colourful programme of classical and romantic works from the Thames to the Elbe. In his double role as conductor and pianist in Schumann’s only Piano Concerto, which the composer wrote for his wife Clara, Murray Perahia is sure to shine; leading the vivacious Londoners in Beethoven’s expressive »Coriolan Overture« and Schubert’s popular »Unfinished Symphony«, first performed 37 years after the composer’s death, he will offer further highlights.

Murray Perahia – Piano and Conductor
Academy of St Martin in the Fields

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to Heinrich Joseph von Collin’s tragedy »Coriolan« Op. 62
  • Franz Schubert: Symphony in B minor D. 759 »The Unfinished»
  • Robert Schumann: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor Op. 54
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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William Blank

Thu 21 May

»EXPERIENCE«: Artist Conversation with William Blank, Jan Vogler and Fabio Luisi

The highlight of the concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi is a world…

»EXPERIENCE«: Artist Conversation with William Blank, Jan Vogler and Fabio Luisi

The highlight of the concert with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabio Luisi is a world premiere, once again supported financially by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden: the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Clarinet and Orchestra by the Swiss composer William Blank will have its first performance. As soloists, cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang are joined in this piece by the principal clarinettist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Ottensamer.

The artist conversation prior to the concert with the composer William Blank, cellist Jan Vogler and conductor Fabio Luisi invites to lern more about the backrounds of this composition – a perfect prelude to the subsequent concert

William Blank – Composer
Jan Vogler – Violoncello
Fabio Luisi – Conductor

  • Conversation about the world premiere of William Blank's »Alisma«. Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Clarinet and Orchestra
  • 18:00
  • Kulturpalast (Auditorium of the Central Library)
  • 0 EUR
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Thu 21 May

Beethoven 2020 | Musix

Wang – Vogler – Ottensamer – Danish National Symphony Orchestra – Luisi

In 2020 Denmark and Germany celebrate an official year of friendship and culture. The guest appearance of the leading…

Beethoven 2020 | Musix

Wang – Vogler – Ottensamer – Danish National Symphony Orchestra – Luisi

In 2020 Denmark and Germany celebrate an official year of friendship and culture. The guest appearance of the leading Danish orchestra with its chief conductor Fabio Luisi, who has long-standing ties to Dresden, is an impressive contribution to these celebrations. Together, they perform not only Beethoven’s »Prometheus Overture«, but also Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 5, a compositional masterwork from the orchestra’s Danish homeland. The highlight of the evening is a world premiere, once again supported financially by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden: the Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello, Clarinet and Orchestra by the Swiss composer William Blank will have its first performance. As soloists, cellist Jan Vogler and violinist Mira Wang are joined in this piece by the principal clarinettist of the Vienna Philharmonic, Daniel Ottensamer.

Mira Wang – Violin
Jan Vogler – Violoncello
Daniel Ottensamer – Clarinet
Danish National Symphony Orchestra
Fabio Luisi – Conductor

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture to the Ballet »Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus« (»The Creatures of Promethues«) Op. 43
  • William Blank: »Alisma«. Triple Concerto for Violin, Violoncello, Clarinet and Orchestra (world premiere)
  • Carl Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 Op. 50
»EXPERIENCE«: Artist conversation with William Blank, Jan Vogler and Fabio Luisi (6 pm, Kulturpalast, Auditorium of Central Library, 1st Floor). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

Presented by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

Fri 22 May

Beethoven 2020 | Musix

Beethoven Cycle: Schumann Quartet

By presenting performances of all his 17 string quartets by six rising young ensembles, the Dresden Music Festival…

Beethoven 2020 | Musix

Beethoven Cycle: Schumann Quartet

By presenting performances of all his 17 string quartets by six rising young ensembles, the Dresden Music Festival invites music lovers to a resounding homage to Beethoven, on the occasion of his 250th birthday. The first concert in the series will be given by the Schumann Quartet, founded in Cologne in 2007. This formation, consisting of the three Schumann brothers and the violist Liisa Randalu, »is one of the best quartets in the world, no doubt about it«, wrote the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« enthusiastically. The four offer a sampling of their musical art by playing Quartet No. 1 from Opus 59, which Beethoven dedicated to the Russian ambassador to Vienna, Count Razumovsky and which set new standards for the genre, not only in terms of playing technique. In contrast, the complex late work Opus 131 will also be performed, printed only after the composer’s death and presumably not performed during his lifetime.

Schumann Quartet:
Erik Schumann, Violin
Ken Schumann, Violin
Liisa Randalu, Viola
Mark Schumann, Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major Op. 59/1 »Razumovsky Quartet«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 131
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com.

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Schumann Quartett

Schumann Quartett

  • 16:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Ton Koopman

Fri 22 May

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»EXPERIENCE«: Artist Concersation with Ton Koopman about J.S. Bach

The Dutch harpsichordist, organist, conductor and musicologist Ton Koopman enjoys worldwide recognition as a Bach…

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»EXPERIENCE«: Artist Concersation with Ton Koopman about J.S. Bach

The Dutch harpsichordist, organist, conductor and musicologist Ton Koopman enjoys worldwide recognition as a Bach specialist. Beetwenn 1994 and 2005 he recorded all Bach cantatas. Since May 2019 he has been the new president of the Bach Archive in Leipzig. As a founder of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra he dedicates himself to the historically informed performance practice and the study of the epochs. As a profound expert of the music of the great composer from the baroque he offers exciting insights into the musical work and oevre of Johann Sebastian Bach – a perfect prelude to the subsequent concert.

Ton Koopman

Ton Koopman [Conductor]

  • 18:00
  • Frauenkirche (Crypt)
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Fri 22 May

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Beethoven Cycle: Meccore String Quartet

Founded in 2007 and recipient of numerous awards, the Meccore String Quartet »is doubtlessly the best Polish quartet of…

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Beethoven Cycle: Meccore String Quartet

Founded in 2007 and recipient of numerous awards, the Meccore String Quartet »is doubtlessly the best Polish quartet of all times, and its music never stops moving our hearts,« thus Günter Pichler of the Alban Berg Quartet about the lively string ensemble. With Opus 18/1, the four musicians perform Beethoven’s first string quartet, with which the 27-year-old composer leaped into the chamber music field supposedly dominated by Mozart. How Beethoven gradually developed a highly individual range of expression within the genre is demonstrated by the Quartet in A-minor Op. 132. Dedicated to the Russian Count Galitzine, the work represents a determined push into unknown musical territory – a revolutionary path which would culminate in the »Große Fuge«, or »Great Fugue«.

Meccore String Quartet:
Wojciech Koprowski – Violin
Aleksandra Bryła – Violin
Michal Bryła – Viola
Marcin Mączyński – Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major Op. 18/1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major Op. 133 »Große Fuge«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Meccore String Quartet

Meccore String Quartet

  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Fri 22 May

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Mertens – Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – Koopman

In Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Dresden welcomes the world’s leading baroque specialists. The…

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Mertens – Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra – Koopman

In Ton Koopman and the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Dresden welcomes the world’s leading baroque specialists. The harpsichordist, organist, conductor and musicologist Koopman is considered one of the world’s foremost Bach experts and performers. This is one of the reasons he was elected president of the Leipzig Bach Archive in 2019. With the cantata BWV 82 »Ich habe genug«, the Dutch ensemble brings not only three instrumental works by the great Cantor of St. Thomas, but also one of the most well-known sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach to the banks of the River Elbe. Even in the 18th century, this cantata was seized upon by basses as their signature piece. At the Frauenkirche, it will be interpreted by Klaus Mertens – the expressive vocalist and newly-minted bearer of the City of Leipzig’s Bach Medal – alongside Buxtehude’s »Ich bin die Auferstehung«.

Klaus Mertens – Bass
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra
Ton Koopman – Harpsichord, Organ and Conductor

  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Sinfonia from the Cantata »Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats« BWV 42
  • Dietrich Buxtehude: »Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben« BuxWV 44
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Cantata »Ich habe genug« BWV 82
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: »Brandenburg Concerto« No. 3 in G major BWV 1048
  • Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestra Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
»EXPERIENCE«: Artist conversation with Ton Koopman about J.S. Bach (6 pm, Crypt). Please register in advance by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 75 / 55 / 30 / 15 EUR
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Sat 23 May

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»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets

The Dresden Music Festival celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with the performance of his complete string quartets.…

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»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets

The Dresden Music Festival celebrates Beethoven's 250th birthday with the performance of his complete string quartets. The 17 string quartets are exemplarly for Beethoven's musical developement. Exciting and interesting information on these compositions can be learned in the introduction.

Concerts of the Beethoven Cycle at the Palais im Großen Garten:

  • May 22, 4 PM: Schumann Quartet
  • May 22, 7.30 PM: Meccore String Quartet
  • May 23, 6 PM: Calidore String Quartet
  • May 23, 7.30 PM: Quatuor Van Kuijk
  • May 24, 4 PM: Castalian String Quartet
  • May 24, 7.30 PM: Novus String Quartet
  • 14:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
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Sat 23 May

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Beethoven Cycle: Calidore String Quartet

The American Calidore String Quartet is another innovative chamber music ensemble presenting its musical view of…

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Beethoven Cycle: Calidore String Quartet

The American Calidore String Quartet is another innovative chamber music ensemble presenting its musical view of Beethoven’s string quartets. Founded in 2010, the formation won a third prize at the ARD Music Competition only two years later, and was also selected for the BBC New Generation Artist Programme. The four musicians present three string quartets reflecting Beethoven’s development in this genre in a striking manner: starting with the fourth quartet from the first set, continuing with the »Harp Quartet« of 1809, which owes its name to extensive pizzicato passages, and finishing with the late B-flat-major Quartet Op. 130, in which Beethoven expanded the traditional four-movement structure of the classical string quartet to encompass six parts instead.

Calidore String Quartet:
Jeffrey Myers – Violin
Ryan Meehan – Violin
Jeremy Berry – Viola
Estelle Choi – Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 4 in C minor Op. 18/4
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 10 in E flat major Op. 74 »Harp Quartet«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major Op. 130
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Calidore String Quartet

Calidore String Quartet

  • 16:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Sat 23 May

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Beethoven Cycle: Quatuor Van Kuijk

Named for its first violinist, Nicolas Van Kuijk, the Quatuor Van Kuijk has brought a burst of fresh air to the string…

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Beethoven Cycle: Quatuor Van Kuijk

Named for its first violinist, Nicolas Van Kuijk, the Quatuor Van Kuijk has brought a burst of fresh air to the string quartet scene. Since the ensemble’s founding at the Paris Conservatoire in 2012, the four Frenchmen have won first prizes and caused quite a stir on the international concert stages. Beethoven worked on his first set of string quartets Op. 18 for almost two full years, dedicating them to Prince Lobkowitz. In contrast to the numbering commonly used today, No. 3 was written first. The Quartet in F major Op. 135, on the other hand, is Beethoven’s last contribution to the genre, in which he artfully and pointedly draws a summary. The third quartet in the set Op. 59 is the shortest and most concentrated of the lot, showcasing all the accomplishments the composer had acquired by his middle period.

Quatuor Van Kuijk:
Nicolas Van Kuijk – Violin
Sylvain Favre-Bulle – Violin
Emmanuel François – Viola
François Robin – Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D major Op. 18/3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16 in F major Op. 135 
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 9 in C major Op. 59/3 »Razumovsky Quartet«
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Quatuor Van Kuijk

Quatuor Van Kuijk

  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Sat 23 May

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Classical Beats: Kimmo Pohjonen

Anyone listening to Kimmo Pohjonen may rightfully forget any previous knowledge of the accordion. Born and raised in a…

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Classical Beats: Kimmo Pohjonen

Anyone listening to Kimmo Pohjonen may rightfully forget any previous knowledge of the accordion. Born and raised in a Finnish village, the musician is celebrated the world over as an exceptional artist. Classically trained, this »accordion punk« (»Die Welt«) also came to attention as the subject of the prize-winning documentary »Soundbreaker«. Pohjonen, who began playing the accordion as a child, later discovered his instrument for himself again when he began breaking through its limitations and expanding its possibilities – through sound extensions (samples, loops and electronics), stylistic variety (folk, classical, rock, techno) and breath-taking stage shows – which the audience will witness at Dresden’s Reithalle. Accordion sound in revolutionary dimensions!

Kimmo Pohjonen – Accordion

Kimmo Pohjonen

Kimmo Pohjonen [Accordion]

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • 30 EUR
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Sun 24 May

Beethoven 2020

Stefan Mickisch: Lecture Concert »Beethoven und Wagner«

From Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated in 2020, it is not a large step to Wagner, as the latter’s…

Beethoven 2020

Stefan Mickisch: Lecture Concert »Beethoven und Wagner«

From Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated in 2020, it is not a large step to Wagner, as the latter’s lifelong veneration of Beethoven is reflected not only in the 1840 novella »Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven«, or »A Pilgrimage to Beethoven«. Stefan Mickisch, known for his iconic introductory matinees in Bayreuth, among others, commands every detail of Richard Wagner’s life and work from memory, conveying these to the audience in words and music and an entertaining manner, for example by paraphrasing entire operas at the piano. And what place could be more appropriate for moderated concerts dedicated to the master of the »Grüner Hügel« than Graupa, where Richard Wagner sketched ideas for his »Lohengrin« during a vacation in 1846?

Stefan Mickisch – Piano and Musical Commentary

After the first moderated concert, the family celebration »Wagnerwiese – Time Travel to Richard Wagner« begins at 1 pm in the Palace’s courtyard. For further information, please visit www.wagnerstaetten.de

Stefan Mickisch

Stefan Mickisch [Musicologist]

  • 11:00
  • Graupa Hunting Palace
  • 35 EUR
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Sun 24 May

Beethoven 2020

Stefan Mickisch: Lecture Concert »Beethoven und Wagner«

From Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated in 2020, it is not a large step to Wagner, as the latter’s…

Beethoven 2020

Stefan Mickisch: Lecture Concert »Beethoven und Wagner«

From Beethoven, whose 250th birthday is being celebrated in 2020, it is not a large step to Wagner, as the latter’s lifelong veneration of Beethoven is reflected not only in the 1840 novella »Eine Pilgerfahrt zu Beethoven«, or »A Pilgrimage to Beethoven«. Stefan Mickisch, known for his iconic introductory matinees in Bayreuth, among others, commands every detail of Richard Wagner’s life and work from memory, conveying these to the audience in words and music and an entertaining manner, for example by paraphrasing entire operas at the piano. And what place could be more appropriate for moderated concerts dedicated to the master of the »Grüner Hügel« than Graupa, where Richard Wagner sketched ideas for his »Lohengrin« during a vacation in 1846?

Stefan Mickisch – Piano and Musical Commentary

After the first moderated concert, the family celebration »Wagnerwiese – Time Travel to Richard Wagner« begins at 1 pm in the Palace’s courtyard. For further information, please visit www.wagnerstaetten.de

Stefan Mickisch

Stefan Mickisch [Musicologist]

  • 16:00
  • Graupa Hunting Palace
  • 35 EUR
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Sun 24 May

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Beethoven Cycle: Castalian String Quartet

Thanks to faultless technique and exciting interpretations, the Castalian String Quartet, founded in 2011 and based in…

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Beethoven Cycle: Castalian String Quartet

Thanks to faultless technique and exciting interpretations, the Castalian String Quartet, founded in 2011 and based in London, has established an excellent international reputation. The musicians win their audiences over with playing which »makes the simplest things we hear into the most important things we could ever want to hear« (»Calgary Herald«). Such a listening experience awaits the audience when Opus 18 No. 2 in G major, also known as the »Komplimentierquartett«, or »Quartet of Bows and Curtseys« in the German-speaking world due to its capricious and somewhat stilted expressiveness, and No. 6 in B-flat-major, whose well-known rondo-finale »La Malinconia« is dedicated to melancholy, are performed. The second quartet of Opus 59 allows a virtuoso display, testimony to how high Beethoven raised the genre’s standards.

Castalian String Quartet:
Sini Simonen – Violin
Daniel Roberts – Violin
Charlotte Bonneton – Viola
Christopher Graves – Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 2 in G major Op. 18/2
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major Op. 18/6
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E minor Op. 59/2 »Razumovsky Quartet«
»EXPERIENCE4KIDS«: For children aged 8 and up: 4 pm Playful introduction and concert attendance.
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten).
For both please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Castalian String Quartet

Castalian String Quartet

  • 16:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Sun 24 May

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»EXPERIENCE4KIDS«: Playful introduction and concert attendance

Visiting »EXPERIENCE4KIDS« young concert goers can receive fascinating insights into Beethoven's world and his string…

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»EXPERIENCE4KIDS«: Playful introduction and concert attendance

Visiting »EXPERIENCE4KIDS« young concert goers can receive fascinating insights into Beethoven's world and his string quartets. After a playful introduction they will attend the second part of the concert with the Castalian String Quartet.

For children aged 8 and up

  • 16:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
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Sun 24 May

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Beethoven Cycle: Novus String Quartet

Founded at the Korea National University of Arts in 2007, the Novus String Quartet burst onto the quartet scene like a…

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Beethoven Cycle: Novus String Quartet

Founded at the Korea National University of Arts in 2007, the Novus String Quartet burst onto the quartet scene like a sensation. Today the four young Koreans perform at many international music centres, mesmerizing concertgoers with their compact and balanced sound. For the finale of the string quartet cycle, the musicians delve deep into Beethoven’s sound world, performing No. 5 from the first quartet set Op. 18, in which the proximity to Mozart’s famous A-major Quartet is clearly recognizable. Beethoven himself chose the title »Quartetto serioso« for his 1810 work, plumbing each and every nuance of seriousness. The cycle draws to a close with the late Quartet in E-major Op. 127, an audience favourite since its first performance, whose four movements are characterized by their interconnectedness in themes and motifs.

Novus String Quartet:
Jaeyoung Kim – Violin
Young-Uk Kim – Violin
Kyuhyun Kim – Viola
Woongwhee Moon – Violoncello

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 5 in A major Op. 18/5
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95 »Quartetto serioso«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet No. 12 in E flat major Op. 127
»EXPERIENCE«: Fascinating background information on Beethoven and his string quartets (May 23, 2:30 pm, Palais im Großen Garten). Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

The MUSIX price (tickets for 15 € for visitors aged 16 to 30) applies to all six concerts of the Beethoven Cycle.

TIP for SUBSCRIBERS: If you select four or more concerts from the Beethoven cycle, you will receive a 25% discount on the full price.

Novus String Quartet

Novus String Quartet

  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Sun 24 May

Avishai Cohen Trio

Originally from Kabri in Northern Israel, the bass player, singer, composer, arranger and bandleader Avishai Cohen is…

Avishai Cohen Trio

Originally from Kabri in Northern Israel, the bass player, singer, composer, arranger and bandleader Avishai Cohen is one of the shining exceptional figures in jazz. »Bass Player Magazine« listed him among the 100 most influential bass players of the 20th century. After working with Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin, he went his own musical ways, starting his own label in 2003 and his Trio in 2008. With seventeen albums and countless celebrated concerts to his credit, he has now established himself as one of the most important voices in jazz. In 2020 the musician celebrates his 50th birthday – an event he marks by playing 50 concerts in 50 countries. The Dresden Music Festival is delighted that he is making a stop in Dresden for his only appearance in Germany as part of this special world tour!

Avishai Cohen Trio:
Avishai Cohen – Double Bass and Vocals
Elchin Shirinov – Piano
Noam David – Drums

More information on Avishai Cohen's 505050 tour

Avishai Cohen

Avishai Cohen [Double bass, Vocals]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Mon 25 May

Beethoven 2020

Kirchschlager – Dorfer – Drake

A concert for friends of humour: the singer Angelika Kirchschlager and the comedian Alfred Dorfer join pianist Julius…

Beethoven 2020

Kirchschlager – Dorfer – Drake

A concert for friends of humour: the singer Angelika Kirchschlager and the comedian Alfred Dorfer join pianist Julius Drake in giving the format »song recital« a whole new guise. Featuring works such as Beethoven’s »Elegy on the Death of a Poodle« or »Wie komm’ ich denn zur Tür herein« by Johannes Brahms, this unusual evening at the Staatsoperette is about comedy in classical music – especially the unintentional variety. The great mezzo-soprano, at home on the world’s stages, and the celebrated comedian at her side surely have many a tale to tell on this subject. And when they are joined by one of the world’s pre-eminent song accompanists at the piano, a winning mix of first-rate chamber music and excellent satire is guaranteed.

Angelika Kirchschlager – Mezzo-Soprano
Alfred Dorfer – Comedian
Julius Drake – Piano

»Death of a Poodle«
  • A song recital with a satirical slant and works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Georges Bizet, Franz Bohm, Johannes Brahms, Michael Flanders/Donald Swann, Jake Heggie, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Gustav Mahler, Ben Moore, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann
  • 19:30
  • Staatsoperette Dresden
  • 55 / 45 / 35 / 25 / 15 / 25 EUR
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Tue 26 May

Beethoven 2020

Vogler – BBC Philharmonic – Wellber

Another renowned orchestra of the legendary British broadcaster BBC comes to the Dresden Music Festival: the BBC…

Beethoven 2020

Vogler – BBC Philharmonic – Wellber

Another renowned orchestra of the legendary British broadcaster BBC comes to the Dresden Music Festival: the BBC Philharmonic. This innovative ensemble and its new chief conductor Omer Meir Wellber dedicate themselves to a multi-faceted programme. Delius’ »Walk to the Paradise Garden« is an interlude from his opera »A Village Romeo and Juliet«, an idyll in sound which speaks eloquently of the German-English composer’s love for nature. The first cello concerto by the polystylist Alfred Schnittke – interpreted on this evening by Jan Vogler –goes back to 1985/86 and is the composer’s most frequently-performed work. It was written at a time when he had suffered a severe stroke, masterfully reflecting his search for inner composure in music. Celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday, his Symphony No. 7 is one of his greatest symphonic strokes of genius.

Jan Vogler – Violoncello
BBC Philharmonic
Omer Meir Wellber – Conductor

  • Frederick Delius: »Walk to the Paradise Garden« from the Opera »A Village Romeo and Juliet«
  • Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra No. 1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 in A major Op. 92
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Wed 27 May

Amalie von Sachsen: »Elvira«

The fact that Amalie of Saxony dedicated her life to the arts was not a matter of course for a 19th-century woman. In…

Amalie von Sachsen: »Elvira«

The fact that Amalie of Saxony dedicated her life to the arts was not a matter of course for a 19th-century woman. In addition to plays and librettos, the Princess of Saxony created twelve evening-length operas. On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of her death, the Dresdner Kapellsolisten and Helmut Branny perform her opera »Elvira«, whose tale was inspired by Mozart’s »Entführung aus dem Serail«. Both text and music are infused with a tempestuous Italian flair, masterfully expressed in the treatment of the vocal roles and orchestration. Amalie’s teacher, Carl Maria von Weber, enthusiastically noted: »Attended Princess Amalie in the evening. Listened to her opera Elvira. Good beyond my expectations.« A special listening pleasure, not only for opera fans!

Romy Petrick – Soprano (Barberina)
Stephanie Atanasov – Mezzo-Soprano (Elvira)
Carlos Moreno Pelizari – Tenor (Fernando)
Falk Hoffmann – Tenor (Prince Muley)
Carl Thiemt, Bass (Ali)
Clemens Heidrich – Bass (Pedrillo)
Dresdner Kapellsolisten
Helmut Branny – Conductor

  • Amalie von Sachsen: »Elvira«. Opera in Two Acts (concert performance)
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK

Wed 27 May

Beethoven 2020

Piano Recital Tiffany Poon

Anyone fortunate enough to hear the young pianist Tiffany Poon at the 2019 Dresden Music Festival as part of »Bohème…

Beethoven 2020

Piano Recital Tiffany Poon

Anyone fortunate enough to hear the young pianist Tiffany Poon at the 2019 Dresden Music Festival as part of »Bohème 2020« already knows the pianistic fireworks awaiting the audience at this piano recital at Schloss Wackerbarth. All the more since the Chinese pianist, who lives in New York and has already won multiple scholarships and awards and whose debut album »Natural Beauty« was released by KAWAI Edition in 2014, also confronts the forces of nature in the music chosen for her program: for example Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 18 »The Hunt«, Robert Schumann’s »Papillons« (»Butterflies«) Op. 2 or the famous »Suite bergamasque« by Claude Debussy, which was inspired by Paul Verlaine’s poem »Clair de lune« (»Moonlight«) and other sources.

Tiffany Poon – Piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 18 in E flat major Op. 31/3 »The Hunt«
  • Frédéric Chopin: Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60
  • Robert Schumann: »Papillons« (»Butterflies«) Op. 2
  • Joseph Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 47 in G minor Hob. XVI:32
  • Claude Debussy: »Suite bergamasque«
  • Maurice Ravel: »La Valse« for Piano solo

Kindly supported by the State Winery of Saxony, Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l glass of mineral water (41 €). Reservations via your online booking at this website or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Tiffany Poon

Tiffany Poon [Piano]

  • 19:30
  • Schloss Wackerbarth
  • 35 EUR
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Thu 28 May

Barbara Hannigan & Munich Philharmonic

After two acclaimed performances at the Dresden Music Festival, Barbara Hannigan returns with the Munich Philharmonic,…

Barbara Hannigan & Munich Philharmonic

After two acclaimed performances at the Dresden Music Festival, Barbara Hannigan returns with the Munich Philharmonic, taking a double role as singer and conductor and presenting three ground-breaking works. In his »Canti di Vita e d’Amore«, Luigi Nono set »three situations of our current events« to music, the second of which pays homage to the Algerian freedom fighter Djamila Boupacha. In his Symphony No. 49, one of his »Sturm und Drang« works, Haydn combined the ancient form of the church sonata with modern elements. The final work is Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 – first performed in Munich in 1901 by the Kaim Orchestra, the precursor of the Munich Philharmonic, under the composer’s baton – the famous finale of which includes Mahler’s setting of the poem »Das himmlische Leben«.

Barbara Hannigan – Soprano and Conductor
Munich Philharmonic

  • Luigi Nono: »Djamila Boupacha« for Soprano solo from »Canti di Vita e d’Amore«
  • Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F minor Hob. I:49 »La Passione«
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G major
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

Presented by Glashütte Original

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Fri 29 May

Cooperation Concert

Apkalna – Dresdner Philharmonie – Janowski

Under its new chief conductor Marek Janowski, the Dresden Philharmonic performs a program dedicated mainly to Brahms.…

Cooperation Concert

Apkalna – Dresdner Philharmonie – Janowski

Under its new chief conductor Marek Janowski, the Dresden Philharmonic performs a program dedicated mainly to Brahms. The »Tragische Ouvertüre« shows the serious side of the melancholy North German Johannes Brahms, while his Second Symphony highlights his cheerful and worldly side. With a wink, Brahms wrote about the place where his second symphonic work was composed: »Lake Wörther See is a virginal ground, where melodies fly so fast that you have to watch out not to trample any«. Between the two, Iveta Apkalna, the resident organist at the Kulturpalast during the 2019/20 season, plays Paul Hindemith’s last Organ Concerto. The work combines a revival of faraway musical epochs with highly modern composition techniques of Hindemith’s time.

Iveta Apkalna – Organ
Dresden Philharmonic
Marek Janowski – Conductor

  • Johannes Brahms: »Tragische Ouvertüre« in D minor Op. 81
  • Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 73
  • Paul Hindemith: Concerto for Organ and Orchestra
6:45 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 44 / 38 / 33 / 26 / 22 EUR
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Fri 29 May

Cooperation Concert

Daniel Hope & Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Toward the end of the 19th century, Europe was gripped by an apocalyptic sentiment. Mentally, many people were still…

Cooperation Concert

Daniel Hope & Zurich Chamber Orchestra

Toward the end of the 19th century, Europe was gripped by an apocalyptic sentiment. Mentally, many people were still anchored in the old, pre-industrial times, yet cities were growing at a rapid pace and living conditions changing radically. Intellectuals and artists tried to throw off the shackles of bourgeois existence. Musically, there was also much going on: Elgar, Massenet and Chausson wrote pieces with a melancholy air which adhered to no rules, while at the same time Christian Sinding, for example, longed for the past in his old-fashioned »Suite im Alten Stil«. The Zurich Chamber Orchestra and its music director, the renowned violinist Daniel Hope, dedicate themselves to this fascinating musical »fin de siècle« at the Frauenkirche.

Daniel Hope – Violin and Leader
Simon Crawford-Phillips – Piano
Zurich Chamber Orchestra

»Fin de Siècle«
  • Works by Ernest Chausson, Edward Elgar, Jules Massenet, Arnold Schoenberg, Christian Sinding and Richard Strauss

In cooperation with the Foundation Frauenkirche Dresden

Fri 29 May

Musix

Classical Beats: Grandbrothers

How many sounds can you coax out of a concert grand – that is the guiding question for the piano-electro duo…

Musix

Classical Beats: Grandbrothers

How many sounds can you coax out of a concert grand – that is the guiding question for the piano-electro duo Grandbrothers, consisting of Erol Sarp and Lukas Vogel. The two musicians, who enjoy quoting a creed by John Cage – »I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones« – explore new musical horizons of the keyboard instrument, enriched by percussive and electronic elements of sound. Their two albums demonstrate the musical path the two have travelled. Their hypnotic filigree songs draw listeners in, inviting them to discover the fascinating breadth of the piano’s possibilities.

Grandbrothers:
Erol Sarp – Piano
Lukas Vogel – Electronics and Live Sampling

Grandbrothers

Grandbrothers

  • 21:00
  • ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
  • 30 EUR
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Sat 30 May

Cooporeation Concert

Dresdner Kammerchor: »In Nature’s Realm«

The Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir) remains completely »In Nature’s Realm« during this year’s Festival…

Cooporeation Concert

Dresdner Kammerchor: »In Nature’s Realm«

The Dresdner Kammerchor (Dresden Chamber Choir) remains completely »In Nature’s Realm« during this year’s Festival concert, not only because it performs Antonín Dvořák’s eponymous song cycle, a wonderful example of music inspired by the world of animals and plants. The Czech composer was known to be an avid gardener at his summer home in Vysoká, planting trees, breeding pigeons and walking in the surrounding countryside to listen to the song of the birds – developing musical ideas as he went. Brahms’ »Fünf Gesänge« Op. 104 were also inspired by nature, and Mendelssohn’s »Sechs Lieder« Op. 59 were explicitly written to be sung »in the open air«. Ernst Krenek’s »Die Jahreszeiten« (»The Seasons«) sets texts by Friedrich Hölderlin. A perfect programmatic match for the Festival’s motto!

Dresdner Kammerchor
Hans-Christoph Rademann – Conductor

  • Ernst Krenek: »Die Jahreszeiten«
  • Johannes Brahms: »Fünf Gesänge für gemischten Chor a cappella« Op. 104
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: »Sechs Lieder im Freien zu singen« Op. 59
  • Antonín Dvořák: »In Nature’s Realm« Op. 63
4 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE)

In cooperation with the Dresdner Kammerchor

  • 17:00
  • Annenkirche
  • 29 / 22 / 15 EUR
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Sat 30 May

Beethoven 2020

Katja Riemann & Sebastian Knauer

With this encounter between Bettina von Arnim and Ludwig van Beethoven celebrating the latter’s 250th birthday, the…

Beethoven 2020

Katja Riemann & Sebastian Knauer

With this encounter between Bettina von Arnim and Ludwig van Beethoven celebrating the latter’s 250th birthday, the Dresden Music Festival continues its series of literary events. The historical meeting between the two was marked by great intensity – Bettina von Arnim went on to write about the famous musician emphatically and full of admiration. Her own sensitivity, open-mindedness and understanding of art seemed to allow her to understand and recognize Beethoven the man and his music better than many other contemporaries. At the German Museum of Hygiene, Katja Riemann reads from the sensitive writings and letters of Bettina von Arnim. Sebastian Knauer complements them with atmospheric Beethoven Sonatas, including the famous one with the sobriquet »Moonlight«.

Katja Riemann – Recitation
Sebastian Knauer – Piano

Bettina von Arnim and Ludwig van Beethoven: »On an Ocean of Harmony«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 5 in C minor Op. 10/1
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31/2 »The Storm«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27/2 »Moonlight Sonata«
  • 19:30
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 45 / 35 EUR
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Sat 30 May

Gisela João

The inner courtyard of the Deutsche Werkstätten in Hellerau has offered an atmospheric location for high-carat world…

Gisela João

The inner courtyard of the Deutsche Werkstätten in Hellerau has offered an atmospheric location for high-carat world music concerts of the Dresden Music Festival for several years. This year, we travel to Portugal, a country of joie de vivre, versatility and wild beauty. The featured artist is Gisela João, a young singer considered the new star on the Fado firmament, winner of the »Amalia Best New Artist Award«. The extraordinary artist who lives in Lisbon’s Mouraria quarter – the birthplace of modern Fado – knows how to combine traditional Portuguese music with contemporary urban sounds, lending her songs an exciting air of urgency. With her full, warm voice, Gisela João takes the listeners on a highly emotional musical journey full of love, longing and yearning for distant lands.

Gisela João and Band

  • Fado from Portugal

On the concert evening, selected culinary delicacies from Portugal will be served. The venue opens at 6:30 pm.

Gisela João

Gisela João [Fado singer]

  • 20:00
  • GebäudeEnsemble Dt. Werkstätten Hellerau
  • 30 EUR
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Sun 31 May

Children's Concert: »The Four Seasons ...«

Once again, the Children’s Concert at the Dresden Music Festival tells a funny story: because of bad weather, a group of…

Children's Concert: »The Four Seasons ...«

Once again, the Children’s Concert at the Dresden Music Festival tells a funny story: because of bad weather, a group of musicians cannot travel to a performance of the famous »Four Seasons« by Antonio Vivaldi. Does that mean the whole concert has to be cancelled? Luckily, substitutes are soon found: a shy violinist, a guitar-playing stage manager, an inventive technician and an overeager audience member step in – and in no time, Vivaldi’s musical masterpiece comes to life. In an unusual formation, the musicians of ¡GARUFA! bring spring, summer, autumn and winter to the concert hall, and they even invent a fifth season to go with the famous four. Ultimately, even the greatest catastrophe can be a stroke of luck!

Sarah Jeanne Babits – Actress, Concept and Director

¡GARUFA! – Ensemble, Concept and Arrangement:
Oscar Moeira – Vocals
Alejandro Loguercio – Violin
Ignacio Giovanetti – Guitar
Felipe Javier Medina – Double Bass

Diego Collatti – Composition,
Claire Blake – Sets and Costumes

  • »The Four Seasons and a Stroke of Luck«

For children aged 6 and up

A production by Sarah Jeanne Babits, ¡GARUFA! and Jeunesse

¡GARUFA!

¡GARUFA!

  • 11:00
  • Deutsches Hygiene-Museum
  • 12 EUR
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Sun 31 May

Serenade on the Green

Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Kings of Saxony, is considered the largest Asian-inspired palace…

Serenade on the Green

Pillnitz Palace, the former summer residence of the Kings of Saxony, is considered the largest Asian-inspired palace complex in Europe. In its park, more than 2,000 shrubs and over 600 plants in containers can be found. A true rarity is a camelia which is more than 230 years old and can be admired during its blooming period from mid-February to mid-April in a moveable hothouse. Inside the historical palm house, exotic plants from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia wait to be discovered. The Pillnitz Palace and Gardens are therefore not only an architectural, but also a botanical jewel. Amidst this picturesque setting, the traditional Serenade on the Green takes place every year, featuring the young singers of Dresden’s Kreuzchor, which looks back on more than 800 years of tradition itself. The concert offers a broad musical program, ranging from classical songs to familiar folk songs and contemporary arrangements.

Dresdner Kreuzchor
Wolfgang Behrend – Conductor

  • Open-Air Concert

Tickets will be available from 3 pm onwards at the local box office (no advance sales).

  • 17:00
  • Schloss Pillnitz
  • Tickets ab 15 Uhr an der Tageskasse vor Ort (kein Vorverkauf)

Sun 31 May

Tjeknavorian – St Petersburg Philharmonic – Temirkanov

The world-famous Philharmonic from Dresden’s partner city St. Petersburg is the oldest symphony orchestra in Russia.…

Tjeknavorian – St Petersburg Philharmonic – Temirkanov

The world-famous Philharmonic from Dresden’s partner city St. Petersburg is the oldest symphony orchestra in Russia. Under the baton of its chief conductor Yuri Temirkanov, the evening features Sibelius’ only Violin Concerto, written in Järvenpää near Helsinki. Like the snow-covered landscapes there, the work consists of clear lines and structures, brought to life by the rising young violinist Emmanuel Tjeknavorian. The Russian soul is given its due in Tchaikovsky’s Fantasy Overture inspired by Berlioz’ opera »Romeo et Juliette« and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 6, in which the composer proved himself »a master«, in Leopold Stokowski’s words, »who never ceases to develop his creative imagination and his musical self-confidence«.

Emmanuel Tjeknavorian – Violin
St. Petersburg Philharmonic
Yuri Temirkanov – Conductor

  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Fantasy Overture »Romeo and Juliet«
  • Jean Sibelius: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D minor Op. 47
  • Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 54
6:30 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

Presented by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Mon 01 Jun

Beethoven 2020

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong

Born in Brandon, Canada, James Ehnes is one of the great magicians of violin sound; his breath-taking virtuosity and…

Beethoven 2020

James Ehnes & Andrew Armstrong

Born in Brandon, Canada, James Ehnes is one of the great magicians of violin sound; his breath-taking virtuosity and lyrical playing have earned him an excellent reputation on the international music scene. Together with his long-standing piano partner Andrew Armstrong, he explores the musical dialogue between violin and piano in the Beethoven year with three duo sonatas. The Sonata in G major Op. 30/3 of 1802 is a light-hearted masterwork illustrating Beethoven’s art of instrumentation. His last sonata, the one in G major Op. 96, is also full of intimate poetry, but has always stood in the shadow of its popular and virtuosic predecessor, the »Kreutzer Sonata«, with which this matinee concert, so rich in sound colours, ends at the idyllic Palais im Großen Garten.

James Ehnes – Violin
Andrew Armstrong – Piano

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 8 in G major Op. 30/3
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 10 in G major Op. 96
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 9 in A major Op. 47 »Kreutzer Sonata«
  • 11:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 55 / 45 / 20 EUR
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Mon 01 Jun

Martin Grubinger: »World Drummers Project«

The Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger certainly counts among the world elite of his field. He is…

Martin Grubinger: »World Drummers Project«

The Austrian multi-percussionist Martin Grubinger certainly counts among the world elite of his field. He is unparalleled in his ability to awaken the enthusiasm of a younger audience for classical music, making percussion the centrepiece of his concerts with almost unimaginable, irresistible levels of energy. Here, the wide variety of percussion instruments takes centre stage, played by a virtuoso to the utmost effect. For the »World Drummers Project«, the inventive percussionist has invited not only his Percussive Planet Ensemble, but also three further international star drummers to the Kulturpalast, amounting to a veritable »Who’s Who« of the international percussion scene.

Martin Grubinger – Percussion
The Percussive Planet Ensemble
and International Star Drummers

Presented by the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden

Martin Grubinger

Martin Grubinger [Percussion]

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Tue 02 Jun

Musix

Sound & Science: »Artificial Intelligence and Music«

What does the future hold for music? Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of skills or tactile…

Musix

Sound & Science: »Artificial Intelligence and Music«

What does the future hold for music? Artificial intelligence, augmented reality, the internet of skills or tactile internet – how will they affect the music world? Will new works be composed only by computers and musicians replaced by robots and machines? Or will people and machines profit from mutual learning? The Center for Tactile Internet’s goal is to advance efficient collaboration between man and machine. Here, apart from new communication technologies, research also focuses on understanding the human body and its ability to react to such new processes and means. Prof. Dr. Dr. Frank Fitzek, director of one of the TU Dresden’s three excellence clusters, addresses these issues in the seventh event in the series »Sound & Science«.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Frank H. P. Fitzek – Deutsche Telekom-Professor for Communication Networks at the Dresden Technical University
and Guests

  • Moderated Concert

Part of »SOUND & SCIENCE« – in cooperation with TU Dresden

Frank Fitzek

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Frank H. P. Fitzek [Scientist]

  • 19:30
  • Technical University Dresden (Festival Hall at the Alte Mensa)
  • 20 EUR
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Tue 02 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Piano Recital Boris Giltburg

»Giltburg turns Rachmaninov’s ›Préludes‹ into highly individual jewels; with technical brilliance, but also superior…

Cooperation Concert

Piano Recital Boris Giltburg

»Giltburg turns Rachmaninov’s ›Préludes‹ into highly individual jewels; with technical brilliance, but also superior musicality, he makes this music, which veers from excessive to highly lyrical, resound«, writes Guido Krawinkel in »Klassik heute« about the Israeli pianist’s CD, which was released in 2018 and features the program of today’s »Master Concert«. At the grand hall of the Albrechtsberg Palace, the 2013 winner of the renowned »Queen Elisabeth Competition« in Brussels performs these varied miniatures. Unlike Chopin, Scriabin or Shostakovich, Rachmaninov did not assemble his »Préludes« in one unified opus, but published them over the course of almost 20 years in various anthologies and several opus numbers. Taken in their entirety, however, they form a fascinating unit.

Boris Giltburg – Piano

  • Sergei Rachmaninov: »24 Préludes«

In cooperation with the series »Master Concerts« of the Moritzburg Festival

Boris Giltburg

Boris Giltburg [Piano]

  • 20:00
  • Schloss Albrechtsberg
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Tue 02 Jun

Musix

»Bohème 2020«

»... for art is a daughter of freedom« (Friedrich Schiller) In 2014, when the idea for »Bohème 2020« arose, the Dresden…

Musix

»Bohème 2020«

»... for art is a daughter of freedom« (Friedrich Schiller)
In 2014, when the idea for »Bohème 2020« arose, the Dresden Music Festival’s motto was »Golden Twenties«. The 20ies of the past centuries were always a special source of artistic inspiration – Monteverdi, Bach, the late Beethoven and the young, yet mature Schubert created ground-breaking pieces and composed masterworks with particular vigour in the 20ies of the 17th, 18th, and 19th century, and these creations imparted new impulses to their times. The famous »Golden Twenties« also gave rise to such a flood of inspiration. Now, however, we have reached the 20ies of the 21st century; are we about to experience the dawn of a new creative era? What is the source of inspiration for the 21st century? Nature, perhaps? This question is central to a »Best-of« of the six past »Bohème 2020« seasons at the romantic theatre ruin St. Pauli.

Featuring artists of the past six seasons of »Bohème 2020«

Kindly supported by the Society of »Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e. V.«

 

 

  • 20:20
  • Theatre Ruin St. Pauli
  • 20,20 EUR
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Wed 03 Jun

Prize Winner's Concert of the 2019 »Tchaikovsky Competition«

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to present prize winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in the…

Prize Winner's Concert of the 2019 »Tchaikovsky Competition«

The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to present prize winners of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in the cello category once again in 2020. The Tchaikovsky Competition is considered the most important music contest in the world, during which the best young talents face off every four years. At Wackerbarth Castle – the Festival’s traditional stage for rising young artists – this year’s cello winners, Santiago Cañón Valencia, Zlatomir Fung and Anastasia Kobekina, will give a sampling of their talents and insight into their demanding repertoire. They also look forward to meeting Jan Vogler again, who served as a member of the competition’s jury for the second time this year.

Cello Prize Winners of 2019:
Santiago Cañón Valencia – Violoncello
Zlatomir Fung – Violoncello
Anastasia Kobekina – Violoncello

Kindly supported by the State Winery of Saxony, Schloss Wackerbarth

Before the concert, Schloss Wackerbarth offers a three-course menu inspired by the Festival motto, including 0.2 l quality wine produced by Schloss Wackerbarth and a 0.25 l glass of mineral water (41 €). Reservations in the next step of your online booking or via the Dresden Music Festival’s Visitor Services; for further information please call +49 (0)351 - 895 50.

Wed 03 Jun

Peter Rösel: 75th Birthday Concert

An all-Mozart evening is the great pianist Peter Rösel’s program of choice for the celebration of his 75th birthday at…

Peter Rösel: 75th Birthday Concert

An all-Mozart evening is the great pianist Peter Rösel’s program of choice for the celebration of his 75th birthday at Dresden’s Kulturpalast – together with the Dresdner Kapellsolisten under the baton of Helmut Branny. The richly orchestrated Concerto for Piano and Orchestra K. 467 was written by Mozart within four weeks of completion of its predecessor, K. 466, which will also be performed on this occasion. At the same time as he was working on the opera »Le nozze di Figaro«, Mozart was also composing the Concerto K. 488. All three works are among the great Viennese concerti Mozart wrote for his own performances. A programme tailored to Peter Rösel, whose »outstanding work [is] distinguished by a continuous, competent and intense exploration of Wolfgang Amadé Mozart’s piano works«, as the Saxonian Mozart Society pointed out when it awarded him its Mozart Prize in 2016.

Peter Rösel – Piano
Dresdner Kapellsolisten
Helmut Branny – Conductor

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 23 in A major K. 488
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 20 in D minor K. 466
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Concerto No. 21 in C major K. 467
  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 55 / 45 / 35 / 20 / 10 EUR
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Thu 04 Jun

Beethoven 2020 | Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

This workshop concert aims to demonstrate the inspiring effect of nature upon creative processes. As an introduction to…

Beethoven 2020 | Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Workshop Concert

This workshop concert aims to demonstrate the inspiring effect of nature upon creative processes. As an introduction to the concert the following evening, it explores the multi-faceted sound portraits of our surroundings, taking Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony as an example. This programme is the Dresden Music Festival’s contribution to the »Beethoven Pastoral Project« initiated by the Beethoven Anniversary Society and the UN Climate Change Secretariat, which invites artists from all over the world to explore the interrelations between mankind and nature, using Beethoven’s »Pastoral« as a model. What Beethoven’s Sixth has to say to us on this subject will be illuminated by the Dresden Festival Orchestra playing original instruments and Ivor Bolton in this moderated concert.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton – Conductor
Jan Vogler – Moderator

»Beethoven: Inspiration Nature«
  • Excerpts from Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F major Op. 68 »Pastoral«

Kindly supported by the Society of »Friends of the Dresden Music Festival e. V.«

  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 25 EUR
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Thu 04 Jun

Till Brönner

Ever since Till Brönner won the »German Record Critics’ Award« for his very first album, »Generations of Jazz«, in 1993,…

Till Brönner

Ever since Till Brönner won the »German Record Critics’ Award« for his very first album, »Generations of Jazz«, in 1993, he has ranked among the world’s outstanding protagonists of jazz. In the meantime, the trumpet player has recorded a series of impressive albums, was appointed professor of jazz trumpet at the Dresden Music Academy and tours the world with great success. His two stints as jury member and mentor of the casting show »X Factor« just reinforced the exceptional musician’s standing as a popular star. He was the first artist to win the triple crown of the »ECHO Pop«, »ECHO Klassik« and »ECHO Jazz« awards – proof that Brönner is at home in many genres, not only jazz. Together with his band, he presents his new CD, to be released this spring, as well as the full breadth of his impressive talents, at the concert hall of the Kulturpalast.

Till Brönner – Trumpet
and Band

 

 

Till Brönner

Till Brönner [Trumpet]

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Fri 05 Jun

Beethoven 2020

Beethoven Pastoral Project: »Ludwig in the Forest«

»It is as if every tree spoke to me«, Beethoven raved during his sojourns in the country. In times when questions of the…

Beethoven 2020

Beethoven Pastoral Project: »Ludwig in the Forest«

»It is as if every tree spoke to me«, Beethoven raved during his sojourns in the country. In times when questions of the environment and climate are proving more and more important, Beethoven’s 250th birthday is an occasion to illuminate and question the relationship between mankind and nature. Taking his »Pastoral«, the musical manifestation of Beethoven’s profound connection with nature, as the point of departure, Dresden’s school children, university chorus and students of the Music Academy join Cathy Milliken and Robert Lehmeier in creating a piece of musical theatre which will have its world premiere on World Environment Day. As part of the international »Beethoven Pastoral Project«, young adults create a resounding statement against the destruction of the environment and for sustainability and climate protection!

Project Chorus of the Allgemeinbildendes Gymnasium der HOGA Schulen
Dresden University Chorus
Soloists of the Dresden Music Academy Carl Maria von Weber
Cathy Milliken – Composition
Robert Lehmeier – Director and Libretto

This concert is part of the »Beethoven Pastoral Project«

Kindly supported by the Foundation of Arts and Music for Dresden

  • 18:00
  • Zentralwerk (Main Hall)
  • 12 EUR
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Fri 05 Jun

Beethoven 2020 | Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra & Ivor Bolton

This concert’s program unites the two core themes of the 2020 Festival. Taking up the motto »Inspiration Nature«, the…

Beethoven 2020 | Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra & Ivor Bolton

This concert’s program unites the two core themes of the 2020 Festival. Taking up the motto »Inspiration Nature«, the musicians celebrate Beethoven’s 250th anniversary with the performance of two ground-breaking symphonic works: the famous »Symphony of Fate«, whose sound has been circling the earth in space as a golden record since 1977, and the »Pastoral«, in which Beethoven set to music the feelings stirred by experiences in nature. Thus, the Dresden Music Festival continues its artistic statement as part of the »Beethoven Pastoral Project« initiated by the Beethoven Anniversary Society and the United Nations, which calls for multi-faceted exploration and debate of Beethoven’s Sixth as its point of departure – an initiative which culminates in the »Pastoral Day« on this World Environment Day.

Dresden Festival Orchestra
Ivor Bolton – Conductor

»Beethoven Pastoral Project«
  • Ludwig van Beethoven Symphonies No. 5 in C minor Op. 67 and No. 6 in F major Op. 68 »Pastoral«

This concert is part of the »Beethoven Pastoral Project«

Presented by Glashütte Original

  • 20:00
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 75 / 60 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Sat 06 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Frang – Dresdner Philharmonie – Zinman

Edward Elgar’s only violin concerto is one of the most demanding pieces in violin literature. Written for Fritz…

Cooperation Concert

Frang – Dresdner Philharmonie – Zinman

Edward Elgar’s only violin concerto is one of the most demanding pieces in violin literature. Written for Fritz Kreisler, who also played its first performance, the piece embodies the purest form of the symphonic concerto which had been made popular mainly by Brahms. Jean Sibelius composed parts of his Second Symphony in Italy and others at home in Finland. This fact has been used to explain its attractive juxtaposition of Mediterranean sunniness and Nordic acerbity. It has also often been associated with Finland’s struggle for independence from Russia, especially because of the grandiose finale, which was interpreted as a grand hymn to liberty – a program which is in optimal hands with the young bravura violinist Vilde Frang from Norway and the experienced and award-winning American conductor David Zinman.

Vilde Frang – Violin
Dresden Philharmonic
David Zinman – Conductor

  • Edward Elgar: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B minor Op. 61
  • Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 2 in D-major Op. 43
6.45 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (KULTURPALAST, AUDITORIUM OF THE CENTRAL LIBRARY, 1st FLOOR)

In cooperation with the Dresden Philharmonic

  • 19:30
  • Kulturpalast (Concert Hall)
  • 44 / 38 / 33 / 26 / 22 EUR
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Sun 07 Jun

Musical City

The Dresden Music Festival’s great chance for everyone to join in: every year, it invites more than 50 music and dance…

Musical City

The Dresden Music Festival’s great chance for everyone to join in: every year, it invites more than 50 music and dance ensembles numbering far more than 1,000 protagonists to show the audience their artistic potential, now for the fifth time! »All of Dresden should resound on this day, and everyone can join in, carrying the city’s sound into the world and sending a message of peace and reconciliation«, thus Intendant Jan Vogler’s creed. In 2020 professional and lay musicians and dancers are cordially invited to present their programs as part of the »Musical City«.

Ensembles, orchestras, choirs, musicians and dancers of all genres and styles

Please register via email by April 1, 2020, emailing the form to klingendestadt@musikfestspiele.com or fax it to + 49 (0)351 – 478 56 23.
  • 14:00
  • Überall in Dresden
  • Freier Eintritt

Sun 07 Jun

Dresden sings & makes music

Since the traditional open-air concert of the Dresden Music Festival now takes place for the fourth time outside the…

Dresden sings & makes music

Since the traditional open-air concert of the Dresden Music Festival now takes place for the fourth time outside the reconstructed Frauenkirche, a place that symbolizes peace and reconciliation more than perhaps any other, this year’s program for »Dresden Sings & Makes Music« has been inspired by the spirit of the venerable house of God. Under the artistic direction of Katharina Pfeiffer and Andreas Kastl, the audience – which is invited to sing along, as always – will be invited to a journey through the world of gospel, accompanied by a swinging band. Gospel developed in the early 20th century from Afro-American spirituals as well as elements of blues and jazz. »Dresi Goes Gospel« is the motto – lift up your voice and join this spirited occasion!

Gospel Choirs from Dresden and Band
Katharina Pfeiffer and Andreas Kastl – Artistic Directors

  • »Dresi Goes Gospel«

In cooperation with the Evangelical-Lutheran Church Districts of Dresden

  • 17:00
  • Neumarkt
  • Freier Eintritt

Sun 07 Jun

Musix

Song Recital Camilla Nylund

For many years, Camilla Nylund has been one of the world’s outstanding lyrical-dramatic sopranos. The Finnish artist…

Musix

Song Recital Camilla Nylund

For many years, Camilla Nylund has been one of the world’s outstanding lyrical-dramatic sopranos. The Finnish artist appears regularly on the world’s major concert stages with the most renowned orchestras and conductors, making guest appearances at the great opera houses of Zurich, Vienna, Paris, Berlin, Dresden, New York, Hamburg, Tokyo, Helsinki, Barcelona, San Diego, Amsterdam, Bayreuth, San Francisco, London and Milan. The Dresden Music Festival is delighted to present the artist, who has made Dresden her adopted home, in a song recital with the leading song accompanist Helmut Deutsch. Hewing closely to the Festival’s motto »Nature«, the soprano presents songs by Brahms, Dvořák and Strauss which make a fascinating connection between the romantic and the late romantic period, with an additional Nordic accent in six songs by Sibelius.

Camilla Nylund – Soprano
Helmut Deutsch – Piano

  • Songs by Johannes Brahms, Antonín Dvořák, Jean Sibelius and Richard Strauss
»EXPERIENCE«: A conversation with Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch about his book »Gesang auf Händen tragen« after the concert. Please register by emailing besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com

In cooperation with »Lied in Dresden«

  • 19:30
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 45 / 35 / 20 EUR
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Helmut Deutsch

Sun 07 Jun

Musix

»EXPERIENCE«: Conversation with Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch about his book »Gesang auf Händen tragen«

Following the song recital with Camilly Nylund and Helmut Deutsch, both musicians invite to a conversation about Helmut…

Musix

»EXPERIENCE«: Conversation with Camilla Nylund and Helmut Deutsch about his book »Gesang auf Händen tragen«

Following the song recital with Camilly Nylund and Helmut Deutsch, both musicians invite to a conversation about Helmut Deutsch's book »Gesang auf Händen tragen«. Deutsch is one of the foremost song recital accompanists of our times and has collaborated with such celebrated singers like Hermann Prey, Brigitte Fassbaender, Barbara Bonney, Peter Schreier, Grace Bumbry, Thomas Quasthoff, Diana Damrau oder Jonas Kaufmann. The book allows insights into his experiences and the art of song recital, this unique symbiosis of singer and pianist.

  • 22:00
  • Palais im Großen Garten
  • 0 EUR
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Mon 08 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Donna Leon: »Animals and Sounds«

The American novelist Donna Leon, the author of mysteries who came to worldwide fame for her series starring Commissario…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Donna Leon: »Animals and Sounds«

The American novelist Donna Leon, the author of mysteries who came to worldwide fame for her series starring Commissario Brunetti, has another passion besides writing: the music of George Frideric Handel. Listening to his operas, she has encountered all sorts of animals which she introduces in twelve spirited essays to accompany her favourite arias, collected in her book »Handel’s Bestiary. In Search of Animals in Handel’s Operas«. An eloquent connoisseur of medieval bestiaries and antique texts, she traces the plentiful animal symbolisms which inspired Handel’s musical imagination. Whether frog, serpent, lion or elephant – fascinating discoveries await when the author joins forces with actress Annett Renneberg (who plays Signorina Elettra in the Brunetti films), the baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro and singers Inga Kalna and Maite Beaumont to explore the resounding world of Handel’s animals.

Donna Leon – Author and Recitation
Annett Renneberg – Recitation
Inga Kalna – Soprano
Maite Beaumont – Mezzo-Soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro

  • »Handel’s Bestiary. In Search of Animals in Handel’s Operas«

In cooperation with the Handel Festival in Halle

Mon 08 Jun

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Orchester des Wandels

What answers can music offer our modern society in answer to its current questions and problems? In her staged concert…

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Orchester des Wandels

What answers can music offer our modern society in answer to its current questions and problems? In her staged concert entitled »Dies irae«, the Moldavian violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja wishes to send a musical signal: together with the »Orchester des Wandels« (Orchestra of Change), she embarks upon a resounding journey through the centuries. Starting with »Dies irae«, the harrowing medieval hymn about the end of the world, the musicians play works from the baroque era to those written after 1945, exploring the atmospheres, fears and emotions of the times. Kopatchinskaja courageously looks beyond the comfort of the concert hall to the state of our world, whose beauty is threatened by hunger, war, environmental destruction and climate change.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja – Violin and Artistic Director
Christoph Grund – Piano
Dresdner Kammerchor
Orchester des Wandels (members of the Staatskapelle Berlin)
Günther Albers – Conductor

»Dies irae«
  • A staged concert featuring works by Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, George Crumb, John Dowland, Michael Hersch, Antonio Lotti, Giacinto Scelsi, Galina Ustvolskaya et al.

In cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts

Tue 09 Jun

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Reto Bieri

In her second concert at this year’s Festival, Patricia Kopatchinskaja demonstrates that she is one of the most…

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Reto Bieri

In her second concert at this year’s Festival, Patricia Kopatchinskaja demonstrates that she is one of the most versatile artists of her instrument. To this musician, questioning current topics is essential for an understanding of art involving all the senses. As the ideal partner for her cross-genre program, she joins the Swiss clarinettist and improviser Reto Bieri, who has made an international name for himself as a »wonderful spinner of sounds« (»Neue Zürcher Zeitung«) and magician on his instrument. As part of Max Rademann’s »Tuesday Salon«, Kopatchinskaja and Bieri explore compositions ranging from Dick to Zykan as well as the famous Dadaist »Ursonate« by Kurt Schwitters.

Patricia Kopatchinskaja – Violin
Reto Bieri – Clarinet
Max Rademann – Moderator

  • Featuring music and texts by Leo Dick, Darius Milhaud, Kurt Schwitters, Claude Vivier and Otto Zykan

In cooperation with HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts

  • 20:00
  • Festspielhaus Hellerau
  • 17 EUR
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Tue 09 Jun

Beethoven 2020

Olli Mustonen & Munich Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven himself set to transcribing his famous Violin Concerto for piano as early as 1807. It appeared in print only…

Beethoven 2020

Olli Mustonen & Munich Chamber Orchestra

Beethoven himself set to transcribing his famous Violin Concerto for piano as early as 1807. It appeared in print only three months after the »original«. This piano version is the centrepiece of the programme the pianist, composer and conductor Olli Mustonen has chosen to present with the Munich Chamber Orchestra at the Frauenkirche. In addition, »Triptyykki« (»Triptych«) is a work by the multi-talented Finn himself, originally written for three cellos without orchestra. The concert ends with Mendelssohn’s »Scottish« Symphony – a work which had a 12-year gestation, but came to fruition after the young composer travelled to Scotland – a journey that inspired several of his most successful works.

Olli Mustonen, Piano and Conductor
Munich Chamber Orchestra

  • Olli Mustonen: »Triptyykki« (»Triptych«)
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in D major Op. 61a, based on the Violin Concerto Op. 61 (in the composer’s own transcription)
  • Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 56 »Scottish«
  • 20:00
  • Frauenkirche
  • 55 / 45 / 30 / 20 EUR
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Tue 09 Jun

Cooperation Concert

Cho– Staatskapelle Dresden – Chung

With his Eighth Symphony, Dvořák not only stepped out of the shadow of Brahms, whom he revered, but also loosened the…

Cooperation Concert

Cho– Staatskapelle Dresden – Chung

With his Eighth Symphony, Dvořák not only stepped out of the shadow of Brahms, whom he revered, but also loosened the traditional formal restrictions of the symphony genre. This was the very work with which Myung-Whun Chung made his debut with the Sächsische Staatskapelle in November 2001. After almost two decades, its principal guest conductor, a self-confessed admirer of the Slavic repertoire, now returns to this masterful composition. Tchaikovsky and Dvořák first met in Prague in 1888 and embarked upon a friendly exchange of views. The Russian’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1 will be performed by Seong-Jin Cho, a rising South Korean pianist and winner of the 2015 »Chopin Competition«.

Seong-Jin Cho – Piano
Staatskapelle Dresden
Myung-Whun Chung – Conductor

  • Peter Tchaikovsky: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23
  • Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 8 in G major Op. 88

In cooperation with the Staatskapelle Dresden

  • 20:00
  • Semperoper
  • 74,50 / 50 EUR
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Wed 10 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra & René Jacobs

When Johannes Brahms created his »Deutsches Requiem«, he was less concerned with the Christian notion of redemption and…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Dresden Festival Orchestra & René Jacobs

When Johannes Brahms created his »Deutsches Requiem«, he was less concerned with the Christian notion of redemption and the eternal rest of the deceased than with writing music which would console those left behind. Instead of Latin texts, the composer chose Bible texts in German for his setting, masterfully combining romantic elements of style with baroque means of expression. A signature work for the Dresden Festival Orchestra, which will go in search of the original sound of this composition using historical instruments – together with René Jacobs, a pre-eminent specialist in historically informed performance practice, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, the soprano Robin Johannsen and the bass Johannes Weisser. During recent years, René Jacobs has increasingly turned towards the romantic repertoire – together with the Dresden Festival Orchestra, he now aims for the heart of that epoch.

Robin Johannsen – Soprano
Johannes Weisser – Baritone
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Dresden Festival Orchestra
René Jacobs – Conductor

  • Johannes Brahms »Ein deutsches Requiem« Op. 45
7 PM PRE-CONCERT TALK (IN THE NAVE)

Thu 11 Jun

New York Gypsy All-Stars

The roots of so-called gypsy music are in India, from where the Romany once migrated to Eastern and Middle Europe via…

New York Gypsy All-Stars

The roots of so-called gypsy music are in India, from where the Romany once migrated to Eastern and Middle Europe via Persia. In doing so, they assimilated styles and influences from numerous cultures, developing them further in their own pieces. On the other hand, hardly any other style of folk music has left so many traces in art music as that of the Romany. As classically trained musicians and graduates of the world’s most renowned conservatories, the New York Gypsy All-Stars are equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and on festival stages. In their music, Eastern European Romany traditions meet influences of Indian and Latin American music and jazz, merging in an energetic, individual style which reflects the band members’ provenance from all over the world as well as the cultural diversity of their adopted home, New York.

New York Gypsy All-Stars:
Ismail Lumanovski – Clarinet
Tamer Pinarbasi – Kanun
Panagiotis Andreou – Electric Bass
Marius van den Brink – Keyboard
Engin Gunaydin – Drums

Kindly supported by Druckerei Thieme Meißen

New York Gypsy All-Stars

New York Gypsy All-Stars

  • 20:00
  • Residenzschloss (Stallhof)
  • 35 / 25 EUR
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Thu 11 Jun

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Berlin Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra & René Jacobs

In 2020 the traditional guest appearance of the Dresden Music Festival in Berlin brings the Dresden Festival Orchestra…

Series ORIGINAL SOUND

Berlin Concert: Dresden Festival Orchestra & René Jacobs

In 2020 the traditional guest appearance of the Dresden Music Festival in Berlin brings the Dresden Festival Orchestra to the German capital for its second performance. It is conducted by René Jacobs, an internationally celebrated expert in historically informed performance practice. Together with the Festival’s own orchestra, he presents Brahms’ »Deutsches Requiem« at the Konzerthaus, dedicating himself to the original sound of the romantic repertoire. The work is one of the most important pieces in the choral canon. Its personal selection of texts and compositional density were already praised by Clara Schumann: »The profound seriousness, combined with the enchantment of the poetry, has a wonderful, harrowing and consoling effect.« The audience may look forward to a moving performance of this outstanding work on historical instruments.

Robin Johannsen – Soprano
Johannes Weisser – Baritone
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Dresden Festival Orchestra
René Jacobs – Conductor

  • Johannes Brahms: »Ein deutsches Requiem« Op. 45

Kindly supported by Tourismus Marketing Gesellschaft Sachsen mbH

Fri 12 Jun

Final Concert: Sting

Sting – composer, singer, author, actor and activist – is one of the most well-known and distinctive artists in the…

Final Concert: Sting

Sting – composer, singer, author, actor and activist – is one of the most well-known and distinctive artists in the world. During the course of his career, he has received 17 Grammy Awards, one Golden Globe and one Emmy, and was nominated three times for an Oscar. In addition, he has sold almost 100 million albums with The Police and as a solo artist. For his numerous musical accomplishments, Queen Elisabeth II made him a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2003. He was inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was also distinguished in the renowned Kennedy Center Honours. Sting has appeared in more than 15 films and written two books, including his autobiography »Broken Music«, which made it onto the bestseller list of »The New York Times«. On his latest album, »My Songs«, which was released alongside a highly acclaimed world tour, the singer presents modern interpretations of his greatest hits. Starting in May 2020 he will have his own show at the legendary Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Sting’s support for human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Live Aid reflects his broad-ranging activism. Together with his wife Trudie Styler, he founded the Rainforest Fund in 1989 in an attempt to protect both the world’s rain forests and their indigenous populations. Hence, it is a special honour for the Dresden Music Festival to conclude this season, which is dedicated to the motto »Nature«, with an appearance of this great artist.

Sting and Band

Sting

  • 20:00
  • Dresden Fair (Hall 1)
  • 125 / 95 / 75 / 55 / 35 / 55 EUR
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Humanisten, Vordenker und Naturfreund

Beethoven 2020

In 2020 the music world celebrates beethoven's 250th birthday as a global event. It focusses not only the groundbraking musical heritage of this great classical composer but also his role as a humanist, prophet and lover of nature. So in his compositions intriguing and fascinating aspects can be discovered. The Dresden Music Festival celebrates this anniversary with a versatile program. Discover the concerts here.

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