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The Kissinger Sommer starts on the 20th of June

On the 20th of June, the Kissinger commenced with 25 concerts. Some events will be split up as a dubble concert due to current COVID-19 safety measures, a few programs had to be replaced or cancelled entirely.

The original motto “Fin de Siècle – Remembering an Era” is still reflected in 14 of the 25 events. The music of the late 19th century and the reign of Prince Regent Luitpold are to be the focus. In some cases the late romanticist repertoire had to be replaced by smaller classical orchestra ensembles in order to satisfy the required safety measures on stage.

The Kissinger Sommer 2021, the last festival under direction of Tilman Schlömp, has been adapted to the circumstances caused by the pandemic and the safety of its visitors has been assured by a coordinated hygiene concept. This includes hall plans with indicated safe distances and a system to guide visitors.

Unfortunately, the guest appearances by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra had to be cancelled due to the difficult travelling conditions. However, we have managed to find suitable replacements for the weekend period of July 2-4. On the 2nd of July, the Dresdner Philharmonie and pianist Kirill Gerstein will perform Johannes Brahms' second piano concerto under conductor Lionel Bringuier so guests can enjoy both of Brahms' piano works. On the 3rd of July, renowned soprano singer Diana Damrau will perform a recital of works by Clara and Robert Schumann and Spanish songs and piano works by Richard Strauss. Afterwards, on the 4th of July, Bamberger Symphoniker and their chief conductor Jakub Hrůša will present two virtuosic solo concertos by Sergei Prokofiev and Bohuslav Martinů. The soloists are comprised of the first prize winner of the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics 2020, Sergei Tanin and violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann.

The student concert of the BBC Symphony Orchestra that was planned for the 5th of July will take place as a digital workshop and feature students from Bad Kissingen and instructors of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The results of the workshop will be projected onto the Springbrunnen fountain during a presentation in the Kurgarten.

Another victim of the pandemic is our scenic project of the Bad Kissingen FutureLab (“Fidelio”) and the master courses of pianist Jerome Rose (USA).

A new addition to the program will be the festival weekend of the 10th and 11th of July featuring a jazz matinee and a performance by the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop over the course of two classical concerts. On the 10th of July, the first prize winner of the Chamber Music Award of the Jürgen Ponto Foundation, the Goldmund Quartet, will perform works by Puccini, Beethoven and Schubert. Jazz pianist Olivia Trummer will design the Jazz Breakfast on Sunday morning and in the afternoon the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop will perform premieres by Alexandra Filonenko, Ann Cleare, Steffen Schleiermacher, José María Sánchez Verdú and Manfred Trojahn. The compositional work of the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop is sponsored by the Anton und Katharina Schick foundation. A cooperation between the two first prize winners of the Bad Kissingen Piano Olympics will round out the weekend. Elisabeth Braus (First prize winner 2016) and Emre Yavuz (First prize winner 2017) perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven.

A definite highlight of this year's festival will be multiple performances by pianist Igor Levit and a concert by the festival orchestra of the Kissinger Sommer. Under direction of Paavo Järvi, the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen will perform, among others, works by Johannes Brahms. Other artistic partners of many years include the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, which will present a classical program with works by Beethoven and Schubert together with Kent Nagano, and the Bamberger Symphoniker, which, together with chief conductor Jakub Hrůša, will be responsible for two concerts, including the final concert featuring a late romanticist program. Due to delays caused by the pandemic the new program “Ich wand're in die Berge” of the choir of the Bayerischer Rundfunk and and the Franui Musicbanda will premiere at the Kissinger Sommer.

Charismatic artists such as soprano singer Golda Schultz, pianist Igor Levit or the countertenor Valer Sabadus will visit the Kissinger Sommer, Ensembles like the piano duo Herbert Schuch-Gülru Ensari, the duo Lily and Mischa Maisky and members of the Danish String Quartet offer extraordinary programs. At the Luitpoldbad open air, Max Mutzke and pianist Marialy Pacheco will present their “Duet” project. The exclusive event will be rounded out by a Jazz Lunch and picnic concert.

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