After the cancellation of the 2021 Heidelberger Frühling, the festival organisers have launched a large digital program under the title »Lasst uns spielen!« (»Let us play!«), which will be streamed during the original festival period on the specially created web platform www.fruehling25.de. Guests will include long-standing artistic partners, but also debutants at Heidelberger Frühling, such as composer and clarinettist Jörg Widmann, pianists Igor Levit and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, singer Anna Lucia Richter and the Schumann Quartett. The first event will be a livestream on Saturday 20 March at 7 p.m. as a prelude to the anniversary year »25 Years of Heidelberger Frühling« with Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, Minister Theresia Bauer, Igor Levit, Anna Lucia Richter, the Schumann Quartet and many more.
The 25th Heidelberger Frühling festival under the title »FESTspiel« from March 20 to April 18, 2021 has been cancelled due to unclear opening perspectives and lack of planning security. This was decided today by festival director Thorsten Schmidt together with the city of Heidelberg. The festival management is in talks with the four main partners of the festival – HeidelbergCement AG (founding partner), MLP SE, Octapharma AG and SAP SE – on how to jointly deal with the situation. All tickets already purchased for the events of the Heidelberger Frühling 2021 will be refunded or can be donate.
Due to the nationwide lockdown, some »Kammermusik Plus« concerts cannot and could not take place, but alternative dates have been found. This concerns the concerts on 16 February with Friedemann Wuttke and the Mandelring Quartet (new date: 23 May 2021) and on 9 March with Friedrich Thiele and Naoko Sonoda (new date: 6 July 2021). Alternative dates have also been found for the concerts in November and January: The cancelled concert with Trio Zadig on 17 November 2020 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, 29 June 2021. The concert by pianist Pavel Kolesnikov has been rescheduled from 19 January 2021 to Tuesday 27 July 2021. All ticket holders will be informed in detail of the venue and time in due course. Tickets already purchased will remain valid.
Despite the pandemic, the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin will once again focus on Schubert and his Lied oeuvre from 18 to 24 January – all events will be livestreamed. As in previous years, a two-day public workshop with scholarship holders from our Lied Academy under the direction of Thomas Hampson will take place in this context and in cooperation with the International Song Centre Heidelberg: On Friday, 22 January and on Saturday, 23 January, both at 3 pm. The young artists will present the results of their joint work in a final concert on Sunday, 24 January at 3 pm. Young Singers concerts during the week will also feature Fellows of the Lied Academy.
Due to the nationwide lockdown extended up to and including January 31, 2021, the 2021 Heidelberg String Quartet Festival cannot take place from January 28 to 31 as planned, but will be postponed to 2022. Four of the six quartets invited for this year have already been able to confirm their participation, as has composer and longtime friend of the Heidelberger Frühling Wolfgang Rihm, on whom the program will focus. Tickets already purchased will be fully refunded by the organizer Heidelberger Frühling.
Heidelberger Frühling is already planning two major events at the beginning of the year: The Heidelberg String Quartet Festival at the end of January, which is already sold out, and the biennial International Song Competition »Das Lied«. Due to the current development, digital alternative offers will be created with the media partners for the String Quartet Festival in case the events have to cancelled. In addition, the advance sale for the competition »Das Lied« will NOT start next Monday: Such a dense competition week with consistently 8-hour preliminary rounds and a final of several hours in front of an audience actually present would not be justifiable from the current perspective. However, since 2017 the competition has been offered via livestream, which has been very well received by a local and international audience of Lied enthusiasts even in the corona-free past.
The advance sale for the 2021 Heidelberger Frühling starts today. In order to comply with the pandemic-related event requirements and safety regulations, ticket sales currently cover around 30% of the usual seating capacity. Tickets are available in the Webshop (see Calendar & Tickets), by telephone on +49 6221 584 00 44 (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm) and at all known advance booking offices. The advance sale for the 2021 String Quartet Festival begins on 16 November.
The Heidelberger Frühling 2021 will take place from 20 March to 18 April 2021 and will celebrate its 25th birthday. A total of 127 events in 19 venues are on the program for this anniversary season. The 25th edition of Heidelberger Frühling has the motto »FESTspiel« and, over the four weeks of the festival, will focus on this topic from different perspectives. Guests are mainly artists who have been involved in the Heidelberger Frühling as companions over the past 25 years: Jörg Widmann, Martin Grubinger, Igor Levit, Thomas Hampson, Thomas Quasthoff, Gabriela Montero and Anna Lucia Richter, among others. Tickets are available from 2 November.
Heidelberger Frühling announces two new colleagues: Annett Baumeister is head of the »Art and Innovation« division and, in consultation with director Thorsten Schmidt, is responsible for the program of Heidelberger Frühling, Heidelberg String Quartet Festival and the concert series »Chamber Music Plus« as well as the events of the International SongCentre Heidelberg. Previously she was the leading concert planner at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Christian Eckhardt will become Commercial Director of Heidelberger Frühling gGmbH from October 1, 2020. He is drawn from the Elbe to the Neckar: until the end of last season he was Administrative Director and Deputy Director of the Dresden Music Festival and successfully promoted the development of the festival under the direction of cellist Jan Vogler.
Heidelberger Frühling and cooperates with its colleagues from Enjoy Jazz for two concerts. The Festival begins tomorrow, 2 October 2. On 18 October, pianist and composer Hermann Kretzschmar, member of the Ensemble Modern, will perform his »Beethoven Scan«, a radically shortened version of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas. On 9 November, the young pianist Johanna Summer will perform jazz improvisations on compositions by Robert Schumann. Both events take place at Alte Feuerwache Mannheim. Tickets at www.enjoy-jazz.de.