Moritzburg Festival for chamber music: 9-24 August 2014 (April 2014)

Following the 20th anniversary edition last year, established and young musicians will meet again from 9-24 August 2014 to rehearse and perform together in a variety of venues – the Baroque Moritzburg castle, the Transparent Factory of Volkswagen in Dresden, the Frauenkirche Dresden, Saxony’s oldest and biggest vineyard estate Schloss Proschwitz, as well as a hangar of the Elbe aircraft factory Dresden.

You can browse the complete programme here.

This year’s composer-in-residence will be Swiss Siemens Prize winner David Philip Hefti, who has been commissioned with a string sextet for the festival. His orchestral work Adagio was premiered by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra and Kent Nagano in March 2014. Furthermore, musicians such as violinists Baiba Skride and Mira Wang, violist Hartmut Rohde, cellist Guy Johnston, pianists Martin Stadtfeld and Lise de la Salle, baritone Peter Schöne and actress Marie Bäumer will follow artistic director Jan Vogler’s invitation in 2014.

For the ninth time, 38 music students from around the world will form the Moritzburg Festival Orchestra to rehearse and perform orchestral works and chamber music – this year under the direction of cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff.

A focus of the 2014 festival program will be on compositions of past centuries which were inspired by folk music, including works by Brahms, Martinů, Kodály and Haydn. The performance of Bach’s “Art of the Fugue” in Dresden’s Frauenkirche, commented by German actress Marie Bäumer from the perspective of Anna Magdalena Bach promises an extraordinary experience. The 2014 festival repertoire also includes Shostakovich’s and Mendelsohn’s string octets and Dvorak’s and Brahms’ string sextets.

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