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International Music Festival in Hamburg

Elphilharmonie to take centre stage in 2018 - world premiere scheduled

The 3rd International Music Festival gets underway in Hamburg from April 27 to May 29, 2018 under the theme of “Utopia” with several international and national singers and musicians focusing on classical, jazz, world music and pop at the Elbphilharmonie.

Opening and highlights

The festival will open on April 27, 2018 with a performance of Beethoven’s “Missa Solemni” by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, the NDR choir and Bavarian Radio’s choir conducted by Thomas Hengelbrockl. Other highlights include a two-day guest appearance by La Scala, Milan, with the Verdi Requiem, and concerts by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Other venues include Mehr! Theater, Kampnagel, St. Katharinen church and the resonanzraum in St. Pauli. Music lovers can look forward to 41 different programmes with 62 concerts. Hamburg-based musicians will stage 20 concerts while soloists, ensembles and orchestras from Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Britain and the United States are responsible for the remainder.

Stockhausen, world premieres and film scores

A major focus of the 2018 festival is the music of Karlheinz Stockhausen, very likely the most important post-war German composer. His influence went far beyond classical music and helped shape works by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Björk and Aphex Twin. The third act from “Thursday” which is part of Stockhausen’s Licht, subtitled “The Seven Days of the Week” and consisting of seven operas, will also be performed.

The Hamburg-based composer Jan Dvořák and the Staatsoper Hamburg will stage the world premiere of Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” as an opera. Benjamin Britten’s “The Rape of Lucretia” will also take to the stage produced by the Music Conservatories in Hamburg and Lübeck.

Film scores

The programme also features film scores of many famous sci-fi movies including Fritz Lang’s classic silent movie “Metropolis” (1927) and “Frau im Mond” (1927) accompanied by new live music. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester conducted by Krzysztof Urbańsk will perform the “Star Wars” film score by John Williams as well as Gustav Holst’s “The Planets Suite” which inspired Williams.

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