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Second International Music Fest Hamburg brings freedom into sound

From 21 April to 22 May 2016, Hamburg's second International Music Festival will celebrate the sound of freedom

The engaging festival programme is a result of long-term planning undertaken by a large group of dedicated contributors – at the centre Thomas Hengelbrock, Principal Conductor of the NDR Symphony Orchestra, the future resident orchestra of the Elbphilharmonie, and Hamburg’s General Music Director Kent Nagano.

The Voice of Freedom

Even today, repressive regimes still misuse music in the form of propaganda or, out of fear, simply prohibit it. Many refugees recently arriving in Europe are finally free to express themselves in their personal songs of freedom. The Hamburg International Music Festival offers a stage for this – in the form of verbal contributions preceding many concerts. Furthermore, refugee groups are invited to visit the Laeiszhalle free of cost, accompanied by a volunteer concert guide. And the Italian concert pianist Marino Formenti hosts a weeklong Open House at Schulterblatt 73, during which collaborations with musicians from different genres and countries of origin will take centre stage. Whether you take a peek or even join in, after the music comes to an end one fact will be obvious to everyone: freedom can sing.

Survival Music

The theme »Survival Music« centres on works that have outlasted political dictatorship, imprisonment and concentration camps. »Scenic Productions« features four performances; one is the festival opener: a spectacular new interpretation by director Romeo Castellucci of J.S. Bach’s »St. Matthew Passion«. This ambitious
production in the Deichtorhallen will bring together the Italian director Romeo Castellucci and Hamburg’s General Music Director Kent Nagano, and will premiere on 21 April 2016.

Numerous Sponsors

Hamburg’s Klaus-Michael Kühne Stiftung is the largest sponsor of the festival. Further financial aid is contributed by the members of the Supporters’ Club of the International Music Fest Hamburg and other sponsors, including Stiftung Elbphilharmonie, Freundeskreis Elbphilharmonie + Laeiszhalle, Rudolf Augstein Stiftung, Jost von Brandis, WerbeWeischer, Arnold Hertz und Jyske Bank and the music festival partners Kampnagel, Uebel & Gefährlich, Kulturhaus III&70, TUI Cruises GmbH, Hamburg Tourism Board, Bucerius Law School, NDR, and DER SPIEGEL. The Hamburg Ministry of Culture is also funding the festival.

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