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Kissinger Sommer 2021

The 35th Kissinger Sommer came to an end on Sunday, 18 July 2021 with the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its chief conductor Jakub Hrůša and violinist Ray Chen. 

The staging of the festival had been made possible thanks to the officially agreed security concept. Despite a number of programme changes due to the pandemic, 14 of the 25 concert programmes of the Mottow "Fin de Siècle - Memories of an Era" could be heard. 

Highlights of the festival included three performances by pianist Igor Levit and a concert by the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. The festival orchestra played Stravinsky's "Pulcinella" Suite, among other works, under the direction of Paavo Järvi. Among the other long-standing partners were the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin with Kent Nagano in a classical programme with works by Beethoven and Schubert and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of its chief conductor Jakub Hrůša with two evenings. The new programme of the Bavarian Radio Choir and the Franui Musicbanda "Ich wand're in die Berge" was premiered at the Kissinger Sommer.  

The Kissinger Sommer 2021, the last festival under artistic director Tilman Schlömp, summed up the programmatic guidelines of the past five years. Charismatic artists have always been part of the DNA of the Kissinger Sommer: this year they included soprano Golda Schulz, ensembles such as the piano duo Herbert Schuch-Gülru Ensari, the duo Lily and Mischa Maisky and members of the Danish String Quartet. Also present were Max Mutzke and the pianist Marialy Pacheco with their "Duet" project as well as the countertenor Valer Sabadus, who interpreted both Handel and Rammstein. Experiments and the courage to present unusual programmes also provided splashes of colour 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 in a unique ambience. In addition, several live audio broadcasts were heard in the city centre and in the Rose Garden, as well as concert excerpts on the watershield of the multimedia fountain.

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We wish you a wonderful rest of the summer and hope to welcome you again at the Kissinger Sommer 2022.