The Hamburg International Music Festival will enter the second phase from April 21-May 22, 2016 with 38 high-calibre concerts. After the premiere in 2014 under the theme of “Seduction”, this year’s motto is “Freedom”. The festival is likely to become the biggest, jointly organised cultural event in the city before the Elbphilharmonie opens in January 2017. The programme has been officially presented in the Brahms Foyer of the Laeiszhalle.
Presentation in the Laeiszhalle
Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg’s Senator for Culture, Thomas Hengelbrock, and Principal Conductor of the NDR Elbe Philharmonic Orchestra, Kent Nagano, General Music Director of Hamburg, Karl Gernandt, Foundation Board of the Klaus-Michael Kühne Foundation and Christoph Lieben-Seutter, General Director of the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle, presented the programme in the Laeiszhalle. The Klaus-Michael Kühne Foundation is again sponsoring the music festival.
Importance of the Elbphilharmonie
Kisseler said: “Hamburg as a city of music will experience a new quality of music and international attention.” Lieben-Seutter pointed to the importance of the festival for the opening of the Elbphilharmonie. “From 2018, the Elbphilharmonie will also be spatially at the centre of music festivals in future. The high quality of this year’s programme clearly indicates that we are already achieving this ideally.”
Renowned guest orchestras
Some of those on the festival programme include the NDR Elbe Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra and the Ensemble Resonanz. Famous guest orchestras such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble and the SWR Symphony Orchestra Baden-Baden and Freiburg have also been invited.
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