Open Class Lied Akademie

On Friday, October 15th, in the auditorium of the Old University, a day of the Lied Academy with the new class of scholars and the artistic director Thomas Hampson will be made accessible to the public. The audience can take part in two master classes, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and watch the renowned singer and the young talents doing the intensive musical and artistic-technical work.

The Werkstattkonzert takes place on the same day at 6 p.m., in which the scholars present what they have worked on, including songs by Franz Schubert.

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Werkstattkonzert Lied Akademie

Benefizkonzert des Heidelberger Frühling

Dieser ganz besondere Benefizabend mitten im 25. Jubiläumsjahr des Heidelberger Frühling leuchtet im barocken Festmusikglanz – denn es wird royal! Die berühmtesten Komponisten des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts standen in den Diensten kunstsinniger Potentaten und hatten dank finanzieller Unterstützung von Königen und Kaisern die Möglichkeit, prächtige Werke für allerlei repräsentative Anlässe zu verfassen. Besonders prunkvolle Werke erklangen freilich zu den Krönungsfeierlichkeiten, allen voran im Rahmen der dazugehörigen Liturgie. Die bekanntesten Krönungskompositionen sind unbestritten Georg Friedrich Händels „Coronation Anthems“, die seit fast 300 Jahren bei der Einsetzung des britischen Monarchen in Westminster Abbey erklingen. Aber auch Georg Muffat und Antonio Caldara steuerten solemne Musik für diese ausufernden Feierlichkeiten bei.


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In Kooperation mit der Kirchenmusik an der Jesuitenkirche Heidelberg.

Vendula Nováková

Vendula Nováková is a Czech music theater director and activist, she studied acting, film and theater studies, theater education in the Czech Republic and music theater directing at the Hamburg University of Music and Drama.

The focus of her directorial work is on current music theater and the collective development processes with contemporary composers. Music theater understands it as an unheard collage of fragments of sound and speech that have been heard a thousand times. The utopian visions for authenticity lead them to the form of a “sound opera” up to a poetic documentary music theater “Impressionen”. She performed it in Hamburg under “Voice X”, at Mannheimer Sommer and at the Bremen Theater. She works regularly with the Bremen Philharmonic and has been a lecturer at the Hamburg University of Music and Theater since 2019. She is co-founder of the Hamburg music theater collective DU # ENDE and chairwoman of the association “Voice X e. V. Contemporary music theater in Northern Germany.

Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra

The Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on April 8, 1889 under the name “Städtisches Orchester”. This point in time initially marks the integration of the orchestra into the municipal administration. Even before that, the musical culture in Heidelberg is very much alive.

At the beginning there is a “music association”, which has been documented since 1812 and which essentially consists of amateur musicians. As the “Heidelberg City Orchestra”, the orchestra received municipal subsidies from 1839 onwards. The work of the municipal orchestra consists mainly of light music in the first few years. This changes due to the commitment of the first important conductor, Philipp Wolfrum, who, as the founder and conductor of the Heidelberg Bach Choir, had played with the orchestra for many years. In parallel to Wolfrum as the then university music director, Paul Radig works as the municipal music director.

In the Wolfrum era, Heidelberg was a stronghold of contemporary music and the municipal orchestra was an influential institution in music history: Richard Strauss Days were held as early as 1893. In 1901 Jean Sibelius experienced his first international success at the Heidelberger Tonkünstlerfest of the Allgemeine Deutsche Musikverein when he conducted two legends from the “Lemminkäinen Suite” in a festival concert. In 1913 there was a Heidelberg Music Festival entirely focused on Johann Sebastian Bach and Max Reger. The city music director Kurt Overhoff brought a new break in concert life, taking over the management of the symphony concerts in 1931 and assigning the orchestra to new responsibilities in the years to come. Overhoff had to give up his activity in 1940 due to illness. During the Second World War, Heidelberg’s musical life was sustained primarily by well-known guest conductors.

As early as August 1945 Hermann Meinhard Poppen was able to reintroduce the concert series of the city and the Bach society with the municipal orchestra, which was partly made up of local forces, and the Bach Society in the castle courtyard. The appointment of music director Fritz Henn then brings the full reintroduction of concert and opera operations and also increases the number of permanent positions considerably.

There was a continuous upward trend in 1954 with the appointment of Karl Rucht as director of the municipal orchestra. Rucht, former solo trumpeter of the Berlin Philharmonic, is already General Music Director of the Palatinate Orchestra Ludwigshafen and is now taking over the Heidelberg Municipal Orchestra as the second orchestra in a leading position. He uses his dual position to enable close cooperation between the two orchestras and to be able to perform large-scale works in this way. The collaboration between the Pfalzorchester Ludwigshafen and the Städtisches Orchester Heidelberg lasted until 1960.

After the Karl Rucht era, Hans Blümer, 1st Kapellmeister of the Städtische Bühne, took over the management of the orchestra for a year. He took on this task with great dedication in 1960-61 and 1972-73, so that the interim years never seemed like temporary arrangements. In the following years Kurt Brass, Christian Süss and Gerhard Schäfer led the municipal orchestra. Under Christian Süss, the first educational offers are set up: concerts for children and adults as well as concert rehearsals open to the public, which are also attended by school classes.

Born in Switzerland, Mario Venzago took over the management of the orchestra in 1986. His work as a conductor, pianist and accompanist as well as a composer shows a lively musical diversity. Venzago’s wide-ranging programs of symphony and serenade concerts met with great interest and applause from the audience. He succeeds in increasing the orchestra by 8 positions. Mario Venzago has been honorary conductor of the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra since 2007.

For the 1994/95 and 2006/07 seasons, the orchestra was awarded the prize for the “best concert program” by the German Association of Music Publishers. Concert tours have taken the orchestra to the Cologne Philharmonic, Antwerp and Ravenna in recent years. The concerts are regularly recorded by Deutschlandfunk and SWR. The Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra is characterized by its stylistic flexibility. Since 2006 the Philharmonic has been dealing with historical performance practice as part of the Winter Festival in Schwetzingen. The commitment to new music has a long tradition: several works were premiered by the Philharmonic Orchestra and are dedicated to it. Since 2005 the orchestra has been working intensively with an annually changing »composer for Heidelberg«. Music education is of particular importance. A family concert series is supplemented by piccolo and children’s concerts as well as a youth concert. In addition, the orchestra members are involved in schools and kindergartens and are often guests there. The youth project “Rap it Like Heidelberg” was awarded 1st prize in the competition for the “Tag der Musik 2010” from the German Music Council in 2010. In addition, the members of the orchestra regularly present themselves in changing formations in chamber concerts.

From 2005 to 2012 the now internationally acclaimed Cornelius Meister led the Philharmonic Orchestra in the position of General Music Director of the City of Heidelberg. He will be succeeded by GMD Yordan Kamdzhalov until 2014. Elias Grandy has been General Music Director of the Philharmoniker and the City of Heidelberg since the 2015 | 16 season. Today, the Heidelberg Philharmonic Orchestra, in unity with the Heidelberg City Theater under Artistic Director Holger Schultze, is an integral part of Heidelberg’s musical life and enriches the cultural scene in many ways.

Malte Hemmerich

Malte Hemmerich (* 1992 in Herne) studies music journalism in Dortmund. He was a scholarship holder of the first Academy for Music Journalism in 2015. He has been supporting the Academy as a fellow since 2016 and is again training the scholarship holders in online journalism in 2019 and is in charge of the Academy blog. Since then he has always stayed in touch with the Heidelberg Spring, whether as an author for programs or as a reporter at the music conference. From the first academy, he founded the magazine with Christopher Warmuth and Adele Jakumeit in cooperation with the Ronda publishing house. After an internship at the FAZ, Malte is now writing as a freelance author there and at the NZZ. For the Salzburg Festival, he is writing a festival story for the 2020 anniversary year. He is also the editor of the streaming platform takt1. Malte Hemmerich lives in Dortmund and works as a church musician in Herne.