Jan Vogler receives the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (September 2021)

On 1 October, Jan Vogler will be awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier awards the Order of Merit on German Unity Day to 16 citizens who have made outstanding contributions to the arts and to cultural life, which has been particularly affected by the Corona restrictions.

Jan Vogler, Dresden/Saxony
Culture is as much a part of life as eating, drinking and sleeping,” says the cellist, who is considered one of the greats of his instrument. He not only proclaims this message, he lives it. Jan Vogler became principal cellist of the Staatskapelle Dresden at the age of twenty, and at thirty he began his solo career and has since been celebrated on concert stages around the world. At the same time, the cosmopolitan has always remained true to his native Saxony, where he has left his mark on the musical world in a very special way. Jan Vogler has been the artistic director of the Dresden Music Festival since 2009 and the artistic director of the Moritzburg Festival, which he co-founded, since 1993. He is particularly interested in bringing together young musicians from all over the world. Because Jan Vogler’s message also includes the dialogue of cultures – and this is needed more than ever in times of pandemic.

For more information, please visit: www.bundespräsident.de/ordensverleihung.

David Philip Hefti’s works on SRF 2 Kultur- “Im Konzertsaal” next Thursday (September 2021)

Listen to a concert recording from the Casino Bern on June 27, 2021.

Camerata Bern
Patricia Kopatchinskaja, violin & conductor
Reto Bieri, clarinet
Concept: David Philip Hefti

Ligeti: Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances
David Philip Hefti: Six Islands of Sound, 1st Flickering (world premiere)
Schoenberg: Ten Waltzes for String Orchestra, Nos. 1-5
David Philip Hefti: Six Islands of Sound, 2. Restless
Schubert: Five Germans with seven trios and a coda for strings D 90/1-2
David Philip Hefti: Six islands of sound, 3. floating
Veress: Four Transylvanian Dances for string orchestra
David Philip Hefti: Six islands of sound, 4th Driven
Schubert: Five Germans with seven trios and a coda for strings D 90/3-5
David Philip Hefti: Six Islands of Sound, 5th Rushing
Schoenberg: Ten waltzes for string orchestra, Nos. 6-10
David Philip Hefti: Six Islands of Sound, 6th Fading away
Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances for string orchestra

Kent Nagano with special program with Gidon Kremer and Martina Gedeck at the Elbphilharmonie (September 2021)

The program of the 1st Philharmonic Concert includes the Violin Concerto No. 3 by Alfred Schnittke and Schubert’s “Der Tod und das Mädchen” in the string orchestra version by Gustav Mahler. This will be accompanied by Martina Gedeck reciting texts by Matthias Claudius and Franz Schubert, among others.

Sunday, 19 September 2021 and Monday, 20 September 2021 in the Elbphilharmonie
1st Philharmonic Concert
Schnittke: Concerto No. 3 for violin and chamber orchestra
Texts by Matthias Claudius, Franz Schubert and others
Schubert: String Quartet in D minor D 810 “Death and the Maiden” Version for string orchestra by Gustav Mahler

Conductor: Kent Nagano
Violin: Gidon Kremer
Recitation: Martina Gedeck
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra

More information can be found here.

Omer Meir Wellber with George Bizet’s Carmen at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo (September 2021)

At the Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Omer Meir Wellber conducts a production of George Bizet’s opera Carmen today. The production staged by Calixto Bieito will be live streamed on Teatro Massimo TV. It was already performed in 2011 as a co-production of the Teatro Massimo and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the Teatro Regio in Turin as well as the Teatro La Fenice in Venice and has been performed in various renowned European opera houses since then.

17 September, Teatro Massimo di Palermo
Georges Bizet: Carmen

Conductor: Omer Meir Wellber
Director: Calixto Bieito
restaged by Alexander Edtbauer
Scene Designs: Alfons Flores
Costume Designs: Mercè Paloma
Lighting Designer: Alberto Rodriguez Vega
Music Director’s Assistant: Keren Kagarlitsky
Chorus Master: Ciro Visco
Youth Chorus Master: Salvatore Punturo
A production of the Teatro Massimo
in co-production with Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Regio di Torino and Teatro La Fenice di Venezia

Jan Vogler at the 76th Settimane Musicali di Ascona (September 2021)

Together with the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai and Fabio Luisi, Jan Vogler will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto no. 1 at the 76th Settimane Musicali di Ascona on 10 September.

10 September
Settimane Musicali di Ascona, Church of San Francesco Locarno
Haydn: Concerto for cello no. 1
Jan Vogler, cello
Mozart: Ouverture dalle Nozze di Figaro
Beethoven: Sinfonia no. 8 op. 93
Fabio Luisi, conductor
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai

Please find more information here.

Omer Meir Wellber at the Santa Maria dello Spasimo (September 2021)

Omer Meir Wellber will present a special program on 6 September at 9:30 pm in the unfinished church of Santa Maria dello Spasimo, as part of the summer of Teatro Massimo in Palermo. Together with Ruggiero Mascellino (accordion and composer) and Vito Giordano (flugelhorn), Omer Meir Wellber himself on the piano and accordion will perform works by Mascellino, Grieg, Piazzolla, Kusturica, Giordano and Shalaev.

The concert at a glance:

6. September, Palermo, Santa Maria dello Spasimo
Mascellino: Atlantis, Pensieri
Grieg: Danza di Anitra
Piazzolla: Invierno Porteño, Verano Porteño
Mascellino: Rêve
Kusturica: Folklore Suite, songs from the Balkans, Valzers
Giordano: September Again, New Things of Love
Shalaev: Melody of the Volga
Mascellino: Arabian Jazz
Omer Meir Wellber – piano / accordion
Ruggiero Mascellino – accordion
Vito Giordano – flugelhorn

For more information about the concert, click here.


Kent Nagano with the premiere of “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (September 2021)

On 4 September, Kent Nagano will lead the Staatsorchester Hamburg, the Choir of the Staatsoper Hamburg and soloists in the premiere of Jacques Offenbach’s opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann at the Staatsoper Hamburg. This Opéra Fantastique in five acts is staged by Daniele Finzi Pasca.

4 September, Hamburg, Staatsoper, 6 p.m.
Staatsorchester Hamburg
Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann Premiere
Daniele Finzi Pasca – director

Opéra Fantastique in five acts
Libretto by Jules Barbier
Based on the play by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré
Edited by Michael Kaye and Jean-Christophe Keck

Further performances: 7, 10, 16, 19, 22 and 25 September

For more information click here.

Mari Kodama with concerts in honor of Alfred Brendel (September 2021)

Mari Kodama will give two concerts in Hamburg in honor of Alfred Brendel, whose master student she was. The entire concert cycle will kick off on 3 September at Hamburg’s Curio-Haus with a concert featuring the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under Kent Nagano, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 7 for three pianos and orchestra with the three soloists Mari Kodama, Paul Lewis and Till Fellner, all three of whom were Brendel’s master students. This will be followed on 4 September by a chamber music program with Mari Kodama at the newly opened JazzHall of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg.

Mari Kodama’s concerts at a glance:

3 September, Curio-Haus Hamburg, 8 p.m.
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, Kent Nagano
Welcome and introduction with Alfred Brendel
Bartók: Music for string instruments, percussion and celesta
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 7 for three pianos and orchestra in F major KV 242 “Lodron
Mari Kodama – piano
Till Fellner – piano
Paul Lewis – piano

4 September, JazzHall Hamburg, 11.00 a.m.
Welcome and introduction with Alfred Brendel
Ludwig van Beethoven: 15 Variations with Fugue in E-flat major op. 35 “Eroica Variations
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C major op. 49
Robert Schumann: Piano quintet in E flat major op. 44
Mari Kodama – piano
Members of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg

For more information please click here.

Mari Kodama with Beethoven No. 0 (August 2021)

Mari Kodama, known as a benchmark Beethoven interpreter, performs Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 0 with the Philharmonisches Orchester Bremerhaven under Marc Niemann on 30 and 31 August at the Stadttheater Bremerhaven. It is Beethoven’s almost unknown work from his younger years, which Mari Kodama recorded with the DSO under Kent Nagano and was released as a CD in 2019 on Berlin Classics along with all of Beethoven’s piano concertos as well as Beethoven’s Rondo for Piano and Orchestra WoO 6 and his “Eroica” Variations for Solo Piano Op. 35.

The concert at a glance:

August 30, 31, Stadttheater Bremerhaven
“The Female Beethoven”
Mayer: Faust Overture
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 0 in E-flat major WoO 4
Mayer: Symphony No. 6 E major

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David Philip Hefti’s “Cantabile” now available on YouTube (August 2021)

David Philip Hefti’s concerto for viola and orchestra “Cantabile”, a 2019 commission from the Musikkollegium Winterthur, was premiered in January 2021. With the orchestra and also the soloist of the evening Jürg Dähler, Hefti shares a long friendship.

You can now watch the premiere of the work on YouTube:

More information about the work, can be found here: www.hefti.net/de/werk/76/