Dresden Music Festival


May 5 – June 5 2016 (Dresden, Germany)

The acclaimed Dresden Music Festival celebrates its 39th season in 2016 with the theme “Time”:

“The relationship between time and music has always interested me. All great music plays either in harmony with or in stark contrast to the time in which it is composed. Even after centuries, this character is never lost, it is the music’s lifeblood. Music atmospherically tells the history of its time as if it were today, music is often the emotional memory of the period in which it was created. At the same time, the performance of musical pieces influences our sense of time. It races on and drives us ahead, it stands still, it flows in harmony with our vitality, or it torments us with its force. Like time, a good concert always allows us to thoughtfully engage with the past and the future.”

Jan Vogler

Established in 1978 by government decree – “Beginning in 1978, Dresden will have an annual music festival of international renown, the Dresden Music Festival!” – The Dresden Musikfestspiele is held every May for two and a half weeks and has become Germany’s most popular classical music festival, captivating audiences with concerts in the city’s finest venues. Every year around 100,000 music connoisseurs descend on Dresden for more than 80 concerts by distinguished international soloists, ensembles, and orchestras. Events are staged in the striking palaces, gardens, theatres, cathedrals, and churches for which the city is famous, including the gloriously restored Frauenkirche. In 2008, German cellist Jan Vogler became the Festival’s 6th Intendant.

The Dresden Music Festival has presented more than 100 world premieres and, since 2004, has hosted the annual ceremony for the Glashütte Original MusicFestivalAward. The award honours personalities of the music world who rendered outstanding services to the advancement of young artists or got involved with the understanding of people.

MJC has been responsible for the coordination of UK and North American public relations for the Dresden Music Festival since 2009.

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