Summer Festivals Part IV

Our focus on festivals this summer continues - thak you to Jasmine Choi for sending us this cover photo - #classicalbuzz from the very source!

There are a few 'single minded' festivals around…of course in the best sense possible!! :-)

For the past 35 years, the La Roque-d’Anthéron has been the mekka of all pianists - ever since the Festival International de Piano was founded. A great mix between up and coming and very established pianists gathr each year in July and August at the Château de Florans.

On Aug. 4th Sartory Artists are having a double bill! Three of her amazing pianists can be heard in two concerts! At 18.00h Shani Diluka performs at the Parc du Château de Florans and the Bizjak Piano Duo are playing the Poulenc Concerto with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille under the baton of Lawrence Foster at 19.00h.

Between her two cultures, western and eastern, Shani Diluka pursues an international career, championing a wide repertoire - this time you will catch her with a more traditional choice of composers but with a highly imaginative combination of works by Liszt, Beethoven & Schubert/Liszt!

Lidija and Sanja Bizjak are also part of a concert there on Aug. 1st where they perform the great works for two pianos by Mozart and Schubert.

Also, Florent Boffard is both part of the festival and Sartory Artsists. He will perform in La Roque-d’Anthéron at the beginning of August before he heads to Salzburg to join Michael Barenboim and Jean-Guihen Queyras for a wonderful Trio programme on Aug. 21st. Catch a great mixture of Boulez, Debussy, Ravel, Widmann, Schönberg, Webern and Berg at the Mozarteum.

Mostly Mozart at the Lincoln Center in New York is happening right now and founding member Jasmine Choi is enjoying to play in the Festival Orchestra this summer. Alongside the festival’s Music Director Louis Langrée ( also Chief conductor of the Camerata Salzburg) Andrew Manze, Joshua Bell; Edward Gardner, Emanuel Ax, will share the same stage to mention only a few. On Aug. 14th and 15th Lars Vogt will be performing Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto teaming up with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s conductor-in-residence Cristian Măcelaru who enjoying a very busy summer conducting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and of course his Philadelphia Orchestra. Try and keep track with him here.

Not only will the namesake composer’s genius be performed (stating that the festival of course is far away from being „single minded“!! :-) - this year’s festival also features a landmark operatic event: the U.S. stage premiere of George Benjamin’s acclaimed opera Written on Skin, widely considered a modern masterpiece. The Mostly Mozart Festival composer-in-residence, Mr. Benjamin’s powerful tale of submission and desire comes to our stage for just three performances. The orchestra performing in the pit is none other than the Mahler Chamber Orchestra who premiered the work at the festival in Aix-en-provence in 2012. The production features original staging by Katie Mitchell and two of the main roles from the original cast: Barbara Hannigan as Agnès and Christopher Purves as the Protector.

Try and catch one of the performances if you can!

Bettina Mehne manages the relationships with Artists, Ensembles, their Managements as well as Promoters on HELLO STAGE. She toured Orchestras around the world, worked for London and Germany based Managements, took care of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as their Artistic Manager and headed the Artistic Planning at the Wiener Konzerthaus for six seasons. Follow Bettina on Twitter - you can also always reach out to her at bettina@hellostage.com
Author: Bettina Mehne HELLO STAGE
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