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Hamburg International Music Festival in the name of freedom

2016 programme presented. Festival is key before Elbphilharmonie opens

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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About the Hamburg International Music Festival

Several Hamburg concert organizers and orchestra collaborate to form the Hamburg International Music Festival. Apart from concerts by the Elbe Philharmonic, the NDR Elbe Philharmonic Orchestra, the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, the Hamburg State Opera, NDR “Das Alte Werk” and the “neue Werk, the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Resonanz, ProArte and the Hamburg Association of Friends of Chamber Music also play important roles in the festival’s programme. Further information on: “

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