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Festival: Mozartfest Würzburg

© Christian Schwab
© Christian Schwab


Mozart’s music is more than 200 years old but still as vibrant as ever. Established in 1921, every June the Mozart Festival Würzburg celebrates the composer’s name and legacy and approaches it from a modern perspective with a central theme. Situated on the River Main and surrounded by vineyards, the town offers a beautiful historic setting for a variety of events, including symphony concerts in the UNESCO-listed Würzburg Residence, serenades in the Court Gardens or concerts in wine cellars.

The Mozart Festival values preservation and continuity as well as new forms of artistic and intellectual creativity as classical music must mean more than museal reviews of the past. In the 21st century, the Festival puts emphasis on confronting great music of the past with present-day actuality and strives to ask innovative questions in relation to such claim.

75 concerts and a widely diverse array of auditory experiences will illuminate the controversial question of whether classicism and romanticism can be comprehended as a single unit – or not. The focus here is less on epoch-defining terminology and more on the inner dimensions of composers and their works. Why did Mozart exert such a pervasive influence right into the 19th century? Concerts featuring top-class performers at a total of 26 venues, including six new locations, will offer abundant opportunities to explore Mozart in the context of romanticism. The Artiste étoile is an internationally acclaimed lieder singer and globally celebrated Mozart performer of the younger generation: the tenor Julian Prégardien. In five dramaturgically sophisticated and exclusively planned concert programs on seven evenings, he will be retracing the path from classicism to romanticism. This year’s Composer’s Portrait is devoted to the multiple-award-winning Unsuk Chin, an expat resident in Berlin. Mozart is one of her most inspiring role models. For the Imperial Hall concert with the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic, she has written a new version of a suite from her opera “Alice in Wonderland” for the Mozart Festival – in response to the festival’s theme (June 10). In the Mozart Laboratory (June 8 to 11), too, now embarking on its sixth year, the principal focus is on the festival’s theme with involvement from the Artiste étoile and the portrait composer. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and Julian Prégardien will be opening the festival season on May 24/25 in the Imperial Hall of the Würzburg Residence. The concert on Saturday, June 25, will be broadcast live on radio, and videostreamed by BR Classic.

For full information, visit the Mozartfest Würzburg website.

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