“Heart of Europe”: The Dresden Music Festival from May 15 to June 3, 2012

09.01.2011 – “Heart of Europe”: The Dresden Music Festival from May 15 to June 3, 2012

“Heart of Europe”
The Dresden Music Festival from May 15 to June 3, 2012

At a press conference announcing the next edition of the Dresden Music Festival, Intendant Jan Vogler opened saying: “I am thrilled to put the spotlight of the 2012 Dresden Music Festival on the region that any musician or music lover will readily identify as the ‘Heart of Europe’: the triangle of Vienna-Budapest-Prague. Even today this strong heart has ensured that Europe, the musical Titan, enjoys a reputation throughout the world as the ‘cradle of music’. Whether it is imperial splendour, the French revolution, romanticism or the industrial revolution – everything between the Danube and the Vltava inspires the creation of music that radiates for all of humanity to enjoy.”

The Heart of this region beats to the rhythm of Bohemian, Hungarian and Austrian folk music, as well as to that of the Viennese Court. The musical traditions and styles of the Habsburg Empire’s multinational society made for a unique, inspiring mélange. In addition to this vitality, the dichotomy of the Habsburg monarchy’s brilliance on the one hand, and its disintegration on the other, led to a powerful creativity still evident to this day.

The 2012 Dresden Music Festival will allow the public to experience the musical outcome of this extraordinary phenomenon:

Internationally renowned artists from the Heart of Europe will include the Vienna Philharmonic with Daniel Barenboim, the Vienna Boys’ Choir, and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ingo Metzmacher and featuring pianist Martin Stadtfeld and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Concert programs inspired by the year’s theme will be presented by Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Kristian Bezuidenhout (piano), Midori (violin), the Artemis Quartet, Angelika Kirchschlager (mezzo-soprano), Hélène Grimaud (piano), the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, and Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)
In addition to these musical discoveries from the region between the Danube and Vltava rivers, the Dresden Music Festival will feature the premiere performance of the Dresden Festival Orchestra, restoring the tradition of the ‘Orchestra di Dresda’. Conducted by the renowned specialist in historical performance, Ivor Bolton, this newly founded Orchestra will bring together some of the highest-profile baroque musicians in Europe, including concertmaster Giuliano Carmignola.

The 2012 “Orchestra in Residence” is the Curtis Symphony Orchestra made up of members of the renowned Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. Featuring soloists Jan Vogler and Ray Chen, the Orchestra will open the Festival in Dresden’s magnificent Frauenkirche. Acclaimed for their remarkable technical abilities, their flexibility and joy in music-making will be further highlighted at the chamber music marathon at the Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory as well as when they collaborate with music students from Dresden in a new edition of ‘Let’s Dance’.

Once again, the wealth of internationally celebrated artists will create a unique Festival atmosphere in 2012. Some of the upcoming highlights:
– British tenor Ian Bostridge commands an expressive power which serves the profound depth of Bach’s music particularly well. No venue could be more befitting than the Frauenkirche for his concert with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
– With Thomas Hengelbrock and the NDR Symphony Orchestra a promising new venture in the orchestral landscape presents itself in Dresden for the first time.
– The Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Valery Gergiev was an instant audience favourite when it first performed at the Festival. In 2012 Jan Vogler will be the featured soloist in a fascinating program featuring Bartók, Honegger and Strauss.
– The art of John Malkovich is even more impressive on stage than on the movie screen. Festival audiences have a chance to experience his craft when he performs ‘The Infernal Comedy’ together with Martin Haselböck.
– Breathtaking virtuosity and power are the hallmarks of Martin Grubinger’s playing. The effect of his performance will be emphasized even more in the ambience of the Festival’s new venue, a former industrial forge.
– The centerpiece of the grand finale will be the Filarmonica della Scala and Daniel Harding, who perform Dvorák’s Symphony No. 8 – one of the most beautiful works from the ‘Heart of Europe’.

The region at the center of Europe is also characterized by a strong Jewish tradition, many
composers of which were persecuted, especially in the first half of the 20th Century. The following events, among others, are dedicated to them:

– ‘Music in Theresienstad’: a concert with the Pavel Haas Quartet at the former roof theater at the Magdeburg Barracks.
– Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer perform at the German Hygiene Museum.
– Concert of the Neue Jüdische Kammerphilharmonie (New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic) at the New Synagogue.

For the first time in 177 years since the Princess Amalie of Saxony’s ‘La casa disabitata’ (the uninhabited house) was last performed, the 2012 Festival will present the opera at the Palais im Großen Garten. The performance is possible thanks to the return of the opera’s score from Russia after it was looted during World War II.

– ‘Let’s Dance!’ 2012: Following its great success in 2010, ‘Let’s Dance’ returns to Dresden in a new edition. Led by Royston Maldoom, head of the Community Dance Movement, Dresden students will experience how dancing together overcomes borders of any kind.
– ‘All you can hear’ – the Dresden Fair (MESSE) becomes a festival hall. Encounter symphonic and chamber music in many forms and shapes – at a family-friendly price.
– ‘U30 Series’ – 50% discount for our festival friends under the age of 30. Events from this series can now be chosen freely and in any combination.

The Dresden Music Festival thanks its public and private partners – especially our principal sponsors, Volkswagen’s Transparent Factory and the Ostsächsische Sparkasse together with the Sparkassenversicherung Sachsen – who not only have made the 2012 program possible, but also help the Dresden Music Festival’s future development.

Tickets go on sale on October 1, 2011. The Customer Service Department is already taking ticket orders in writing at besucherservice@musikfestspiele.com.

For further information on the artists and programs please contact the press office at presse@musikfestspiele.com, Tel. +49 351 478 56 24/19.

Photos are available for download at www.musikfestspiele.com


For more information:
Moira Johnson Consulting – Email: moira@moirajohnson.com
Susanne Lutz, Director, Communications & Sponsorship, Dresden Music Festival – Email: lutz@musikfestspiele.com

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