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Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award 2013: The Winner for 2013 is Ben Gernon

12 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:55 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun

Ben Gernon from Great Britain, aged 23, convinced the international jury chaired by Ingo Metzmacher during the Award Concert Weekend at the Felsenreitschule by performing works by Peter Maxwell Davies, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven with the Camerata Salzburg.

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Introducing Antonio Méndez, the Third Finalist of the Young Conductors Award

8 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:09 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

And finally, we introduce you to the remaining finalist, Antonio Méndez from Spain, who will conduct the Munich Radio Orchestra with soloist Sebastian Manz at the Felsenreitschule on May 12, 2013 at 11:00 am. He has also provided us with interesting answers to several questions.

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Questions for the Second Finalist of the Young Conductors Award – Yu Lu

6 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:00 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

The second finalist of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award is Yu Lu from China. Read here what the finale and music in general mean to him. Yu Lu will conduct the Mozarteum Orchestra with soloist Vilde Frang on May 11, 2013 at 8:00 pm.

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Opening of the Exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra

2 MAY 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  15:53 h;
published in: Whitsun

Tomorrow is the big day – the long-awaited exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra opens at the Rauchmühle in Salzburg, as part of the Whitsun Festival. The Philharmonia Orchestra and its conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen give a whole new shape to Le Sacre du printemps as an interactive performance. Join them on this virtual journey and experience the piece from a musician’s perspective!

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In Conversation with the First of Three Finalists of the Young Conductors Award – Ben Gernon

29 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  10:18 h;
published in: Concert, Whitsun, General

On May 10, 11 and 12, the Award Concert Weekend for the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Awards takes place at the Felsenreitschule. Here, we introduce you to the three finalists. We have asked them about themselves, their musical development, their love for music and the final round they are facing. Three subsequent blogs will give you an impression of Ben Gernon, Yu Lu and Antonio Méndez. We start out with Ben Gernon from Great Britain, who will lead the first concert of the Award Concert Weekend on May 10, 2013 at 8:00 pm, featuring the Camerata Salzburg and Sophie Pacini as piano soloist.

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PoliticalSACRIFICE and SpringSACRIFICE in Focus

25 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  13:38 h;
published in: Whitsun

The leitmotif “Sacrifice” is the overarching motto of the 2013 Whitsun Festival. Etymologically, the German word Opfer, or sacrifice, is derived from the Latin offerre, which is also the root of Offertorium – the moment during mass when wine and bread, symbols of Christ’s sacrifice, are brought to the altar. The themes of redemption and hope, of sacrifice and the sacrificed have inspired great artists to create innumerable musical works. Now the Whitsun Festival brings together some of these great works on stage. 

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“re-rite – Be the Orchestra”

10 APR 2013

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  11:00 h;
published in: Whitsun

Who wouldn’t like to be part of the orchestra for once? Take part (virtually) in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring! This will be possible in May 2013, when the Salzburg Whitsun Festival presents Esa-Pekka Salonen’s and the Philharmonia Orchestra’s multi-media, interactive installation re-rite – You are the Orchestra in Salzburg. Exactly 100 years after the world premiere of Le Sacre du printemps, this installation will bring one of the most exciting works in musical history to Salzburg’s audiences in a completely new way. Follow every note of the strings, keep a close watch on the solo trumpeter’s fingers, beat the drum or lift the baton yourself!

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Impressive Result of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival 2012

28 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  17:45 h;
published in: Whitsun

“I am profoundly happy about Cecilia Bartoli’s enthusiasm, her unflagging passion for music and her wealth of ideas,” said Artistic Director Alexander Pereira. More than 10,500 visitors from 39 nations will have attended the 2012 Salzburg Whitsun Festival by tonight. This equals a share of 96% of tickets sold, confirming that the new concept has met with full audience approval.“It is a Whitsun miracle for the Salzburg Festival too. An enormous artistic success, thanks to the wonderful Cecilia Bartoli and the artists and programs chosen by her.” Festival President Helga Rabl-Stadler exclaimed. 

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Program for Whitsun Festival 2013 Announced

25 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  16:38 h;
published in: Whitsun

At a press conference, Artistic Director Alexander Pereira presented the program for the next Whitsun Festival in 2013. The overarching theme for the coming year is the topic of “sacrifice”. Cecilia Bartoli, the Artistic Director of the Whitsun Festival, is especially interested in the ambiguity which becomes apparent when one translates the German term Opfer: “Thus, in English, it means both ‘sacrifice’ and ‘victim’. But in fact and truth, isn’t the difference in most cases a matter of perspective? After all, there can be no sacrifice without someone or something being sacrificed, without an offering – the question is only on which side one finds oneself.” (Cecilia Bartoli)

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Mojca Erdmann and Cecilia Bartoli replace Anna Netrebko, who had to cancel her appearance due to illness

23 MAY 2012

by FESTSPIELKIEBITZ  19:00 h;
published in: Whitsun

Programme change for the concert Cleopatra orientale on May 28 at 6:00 pm at the Großes Festspielhaus. Cecilia Bartoli, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival, says: “For the first time in my career, I feel two hearts beat in my breast: the familiar singer’s heart, and the new heart of the artistic director. Who, if not I as a singer, can understand better how Anna feels? 

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