18.07. Final Concert
Highlights of the festival included several performances by pianist Igor Levit and a concert by the Kissinger Sommer Festival Orchestra. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, conducted by Paavo Järvi, performed Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4, among other works. Other long-standing artistic partners were guests, including the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, which presented a classical program of works by Beethoven and Schubert with Kent Nagano, and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, which performed two evenings under the direction of its principal conductor Jakub Hrůša. Due to postponements caused by the pandemic, the new program of the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Franui Musicbanda, "Ich wand're in die Berge," was heard as a world premiere at the Kissinger Sommer.
The Kissinger Sommer 2021, the last festival under the directorship of Tilman Schlömp, once again summarized the programmatic guidelines of the last five years: Charismatic artists* traveling "between the worlds" could be experienced again and again at the Kissinger Sommer, this year it was Golda Schulz, ensembles like the piano duo Herbert Schuch-Gülru Ensari, the duo Lily and Mischa Maisky or members of the Danish String Quartet offered unusual programs. Max Mutzke and pianist Marialy Pacheco with their "Duet" project or countertenor Valer Sabadus, who interpreted both Handel and Rammstein. Experiments and the courage to present unusual programs also provided splashes of color in 2021. The most prominent example was the Kissinger LiederWerkstatt, with world premieres by Alexandra Filonenko, Ann Cleare, Steffen Schleiermacher, José María Sánchez Verdú and Manfred Trojahn, in combination with works by Ludwig van Beethoven. The composition commissions of the Kissinger LiederWerkstatt were exclusively sponsored by the Anton and Katharina Schick Foundation.
Under the motto "Summer Freshness" new and innovative projects in the festival, the Kissinger Sommer broadcast several concerts in the courtyard of the Luitpoldbad on a large "Wall" in a unique ambience. There were several audio live transmissions into the city center and the Rosengarten, as well as concert excerpts on the Watershield of the multimedia fountain which can still be seen in the summer months at darkness around 22:30. Information
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