amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

amarcord

At the Frühling they perform out in the open, at a “normal” concert hall and (here) in an old swimming baths late at night. But it isn’t just the variety of venues that indicates the range and prodigality of the amarcord ensemble’s musical tastes. The quintet is just as mercurial in its choice of repertory, gliding with apparent nonchalance from one century and style to another. To close their three-concert stint for the Frühling, the five singers offer their Late Lounge audience a programme entitled “Strange Stories and Ballads”, a musical journey that includes such things as arrangements by the legendary Comedian Harmonists. As the amarcord singers can safely be expected to compere the proceedings with their customary wit and charm, this is a Late Night Lounge that could go on until very late indeed.

In cooperation with Frauenbad Heidelberg

 

Jörg Tröger in an interivew with amarcord (German)

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

Amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

amarcord

For over 20 years, the amarcord ensemble has been one of Germany’s most renowned a-cappella formations. It delights audiences all over the world with its vocal perfection, staggering virtuosity and infectious enthusiasm. At their second Heidelberg concert, the five singers initially concentrate on settings of contemplative texts and poems covering a long period of time and a variety of styles ranging from the Persian poet and mystic Rumi to American poetess Emily Dickinson and from the Lebanese-American philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In the second half the ensemble will be performing gospels, spirituals and folksongs from all over the world. The singers have collected them in the course of their joint career and season them with elements from pop music, jazz and classical music.

“Zugabe” Jörg Tröger in conversation with amarcord

The concert will be recorded by
SWR2

 

Jörg Tröger in an interview with amarcord (German)

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

 

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

With amarcord through the Liedstadt Heidelberg

“Full many tread a weary path that takes them to the grave. Eternal spring is the singer’s lot, his heart is merry and brave.” There could hardly be a more fitting motto for the concert by the amarcord ensemble than this little poem by Theodor Körner. The singers invite their audience to follow them from place to place and revel in the infectious “merriment” they so famously exude. At different points on the route of their outdoor promenade concert (in the grounds of Heidelberg Castle and on “Alte Brücke”) they will be performing songs and serenades celebrating joie de vivre, the pleasures of the palate and the spirit of Heidelberg Romanticism.

Meeting place for the musical walk: the Kornmarkt (in front of Palais Prinz Carl, Kornmarkt 1, 69117 Heidelberg)
The walk ends in Heidelberg Castle grounds at about 1 pm.
Please choose your apparel (shoes!) to suit the weather.

Jörg Tröger in an interview with amarcord

amarcord © Martin Jehnichen

Thomas Hampson © Kristin Hoebermann

Festival Academy: Lied

After just under two weeks of intensive work with Thomas Hampson and Thomas Quasthoff, the young singers and accompanists assemble for the last time (at least this season) to perform the final concert of the Lied Academy on the stage of the Stadthalle in Heidelberg. Together with Thomas Hampson they will be offering an intriguing bill of fare presenting the fruits of the stimuli they have received from the Lied Academy and underlining the international status of Heidelberg as a centre for the art of song.

€ 15 day ticket I  € 75 Lied Academy Pass
Free admission for pupils and students
At Ballsaal Stadthalle Heidelberg
In cooperation with Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg
Special thanks to
Stiftung Heidelberger Frühling

 

 

 

Ruth Ziesak © Rosa Frank

“Dialectics of Freedom. From Self-Determination to Surveillance of Men”

“Dare to be free” is the motto of this year’s Heidelberger Frühling. We associate the attainment of freedom above all with the Enlightenment and the idea of revolution. No one embodied the idea of freedom with greater élan than Schiller. But he also noted and analysed its dialectics. The stoutest champions of the Enlightenment did their best to assert liberty with despotic means, for example in secret societies like the Illuminati with their sophisticated surveillance apparatus. And when the great revolution finally came, it soon resembled a reign of terror and itself came up with the paradoxical phrase “despotism of freedom”. The dialectics involved were perilous, leaving their mark on many movements that proclaimed liberty on their banners, only to transform it into coercion and compulsion in practice. Goethe’s Faust is a case in point. Initially achieving personal freedom by divesting himself of all the shackles hamstringing his life so far, he ends up proclaiming liberty but using main force to impose it on others.

The venue for the whole event is the ballroom of Stadthalle Heidelberg.