Pianist Burkhard Kehring has made it his mission to design the already huge spectrum of piano repertoire in a more international way. With his varied project „Divan of Song“ he builds bridges between the east and the west, just like Goethe's poem collection. In his „Divan“ programmes Burkhard Kehring creates a „bazar of sounds, voices, works and ideas“, he combines western music with new works, traditional music and recitals. Together Burkhard Kehring we have chosen two programmes which bring Korean sound scapes and Persian aesthetics to the Rossini-Saal with the help of soprano singer Narea Son and tenor singer Daniel Behle respectively.
Another kind of distance are the past times of the Middle Ages which inspired composer Carl Orff to his most well-known work. The Kissinger Sommer honours the composer on the day of his 125th anniversary by performing two works to demonstrate the huge range of his creativity: his early work „Dancing Fauns“ and „Carmina Burana“, the songs based on Latin and German texts of the monastery Benediktbeuern. Carl Orff initially envisioned projections and filmic pictures to complete the visual of the music for Carmina Burana. The Kissinger Sommer picks up this idea and adds the „magical pictures“ mentioned in the appendices of the works as modern components.
The visuals exclusively created for the Kissinger Sommer by movie artist Michael Carstens will be projected by multiple projectors onto the walls of the inner courtyard of the historical Luitpoldbad.
For Ludwig van Beethoven distant places also played an important role. Even as a teenager he loved to peer over the Rhine into the Siebengebirge through a looking glass. In his song cycle „To the distant beloved“ he describes such a situation: „On the hill sit I, peering Into the blue, hazy land...“. Klaus Florian Vogt will perform this cycle, which shows Beethoven's romanticist side, during the Song Evening on the 5th of July. On this song weekend we also explore the avant garde side of music in the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop under the title „Beloved Distance“ which contrasts to Beethoven's work. The look into distant lands where (supposed) unreachable happiness lies is a very romanticist view. „To the distant beloved“ was an inspiration for many romanticist song cycles, however, the composers of the Bad Kissingen SongWorkshop will send their vocalists forth with a different, more modern view.
Vocal Programs 2020:
06/19/2020 Opening Concert - Italian Opera Gala
06/24/2020 Scottish and Irish Songs
06/26/2020 Late-night concert - „Jacques Brel. A Hommage"
07/03/2020 Olivia Trummer Trio
07/04/2020 SongWorkshop 1
07/05/2020 SongWorkshop 2
07/05/2020 Not of this World
07/07/2020 Divan of Song – 1
07/10/2020 Carmina Burana
07/11/2020 Festival Orchestra
07/12/2020 Jazz breakfast 2
07/12/2020 Divan of Song – 2
07/18/2020 „Leonore“ / „Fidelio“ 2020
07/19/2020 „Leonore“ / „Fidelio“ 2020
07/19/2020 Final Concert