„Music was born free; and to win freedom is its destiny.” This is how composer Ferruccio Busoni described the spirit of departure in the arts of the early 20th century. How much is there still of this tremendous freedom? The majority often decides what we hear, programmes for minorities are mostly not viable. Sometimes, however, there is this one special moment when music is played live, when the exotic sounds and the moving concert experience together with the unique aura of an artist directly transfer themselves to the audience. This is something not found on radio or with Spotify. You can find this at a Kissinger Sommer concert.
For the 2018 festival we decided to enable the audience to experience this departure into the unknown that happened 100 years ago. Still, this is not a festival of modern music. Rather, we picked important classics of the early 20th century to put them into perspective when compared to music of earlier times. We achieve this with genuine artists that always want to push the limit. The downright revolutionary enthusiasm our festival orchestra, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, displays when performing is an example of that but also the drive to create, shown by Sol Gabetta who is our Artist In Residence 2018 and the enthusiasm shown by many more musicians we choose. You can look forward to moments of freedom, to classics and new discoveries and some new concert sites at the Kissinger Sommer 2018!
Dr. Tilman Schlömp
Artistic Director of the Kissinger Sommer