Summer Festivals Part IX

For our cover photo we found this picture of the composer Carlos Chávez with the dancer Rosa Covarrubias, left, and the artist Frida Kahlo. Credit Archivo Miguel Covarrubias, NY Times... and it fits to #tbt seeing as it's a thursday ;)

We have been concentrating a bit on Germany and Austria (Australia) in our last summer festival write ups - simply because so much going on, but of course we don’t want to neglect what else is out there! Such a busy summer all around the world for HELLO STAGErs - too much for just one blog…so beware - more to come until the end of the month.

Travel 90 miles north of New York und you find yourself in the midst of Latin America! The Bard Music Festival’s focal point this year is Carlos Chávez, the central figure in Mexican music of the 20th century. His masterworks as well as his contemporaries will be featured in orchestral and chamber concerts. Their website tells us: "Program themes will include the relationship of the Latin American musical scene to that in the United States; the role of the European émigrés the legacy and influence of Spain; Mexican musical traditions; and Chávez’s work as conductor and his place among the outstanding Latin composers of the 20th century. The work of Silvestre Revueltas, Alberto Ginastera, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and others will be heard, as will choral music from Mexico dating back to the 16th century.“
Congratulations on excellent programming - what an exiting festival! And who better to invite than Jorge Federico Osorio to perform the Chávez Piano Concerto. Highly revered in his native Mexico, he performed a wide range of programmes with many of the world’s leading ensembles, but he loves returning to his routes and has recorded the Chávez Concerto as well as a CD called Salón Mexicano. Taking part in two of the chamber music concerts is the Daedalus Quartett . The New Yorker praised the ensemble as „fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets“. But not only at the Bard Music Festival have they show their passion for unusual programming (they are performing Silvestre Revueltas and Henry Cowell), their recent recordings include works by Geroge Perle and Fred Lerdahl and they are going to visit the 92nd Y in New York twice next season celebrating the legacy of Czech Music and exploring the Echos of Russian Jewish Folk Music society.

Not far away from Bard College and also north of New York, we find ourselves in Italy when the Kingston Festival of the Arts celebrates an open-air Verdi programme. The Audience will get a taste of Norma from Francesca Mondanaro . For those who can’t get enough, I recommend travelling to Berlin this autumn where she is going to debut in Nabucco at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Zooming into another part of the world, let’s take a quick look at Scandinavia where mostly Chamber music is big each summer: The young Trio Vitruvi for once does not have to travel far - they are performing at the Schubertiade in Roskilde in their native Denmark. Only a few days later they are teaming up with the Armond Trio for some Chamber music extravaganza at the renown Tivoli Festival. After that, the three young gentlemen are back to their normal travel circuit - off to Portugal and Berlin as well as all three having concerts in their own right as soloists.
And more #classicalbuzz is happening in and around Copenhagen. Hungarian violinist Eszter Haffner is performing a Brahms-Schubert-Kreisler-Elgar programme at the Summer Festival in the city where she also teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, after her performances in Greece earlier this summer.

Martin Fröst is gathering his friends at the International Chamber Music Festival Stavanger around him, for the 25th edition of the festival this summer. Sharon Bezaly and Jennifer Stumm are taking part in several concerts and Anu Tali is conducting the Stavanger Symfoniorkester.

And we can find Charlie Siem at the Oslo Kammermusikkfestival, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been to the Turku Musikfestival as one stop of their summer whereabouts and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra took the Beethoven journey to Leif Ove Andsnes’ native Bodø before it’s last stop at the BBC Proms.

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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