We mourn the death of Frederic Rzewski. For him, art had the task of critically reflecting contemporary events. He used his artistic means to challenge the public with societal, political and social issues. Unforgettable in the history of the festival is the performance of his monumental cycle of variations “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” by Igor Levit in 2012, and in 2015 the festival dedicated a special focus to him. As a performer and mentor for young composers, he played and discussed with young artists, bringing the discourse on music to life and making it tangible for the audience. In addition to these encounters with the extraordinary personality of Frederic Rzewski, the highlight was the world premiere of his piano cycle “DREAMS II” by Igor Levit. A composition commissioned by Heidelberger Frühling together with Carnegie Hall in New York and Wigmore Hall in London.
The concert series “Kammermusik Plus” presents nine chamber concerts with internationally renowned artists in the Old Auditorium of Heidelberg University. A wide variety of musical instrumentations are programmed, from piano recitals to wind quintets. Guests include the young American pianists Claire Huangci and Andrew Tyson, the Quatuor Ébène from France, the Canadian-American Banff winners 2019 – the Viano String Quartet, violinist Viviane Hagner with her piano colleague Till Fellner, or violinist Carolin Widmann, with whom the Heidelberger Frühling has had many ties in its 25 years, and her duo partner Alexander Lonquich. And the special “plus”? You can meet the performers of the evening before the concert in a personal conversation about the program and their artistic path on stage. The planned events will be held in compliance with the then valid regulations. Due to the expected continuation of spacing rules and the resulting limitation of seating capacity, the subscription will be suspended for the 2021/22 season. The “Kammermusik Plus” program can now be found at www.heidelberger-fruehling.de/kammermusikplus. Advance sales for the concerts in September, October, and November will begin on Monday, June 28, 2021. For the concerts beginning in January 2022, advance sales will begin on Monday, November 15, 2021. Tickets are available from the Heidelberger Frühling telephone ticket service at 06221-5840044, from the webshop at www.heidelberger-fruehling.de, and from all advance ticket offices.
The new project “Lied Me!” invests in the future and tests new ways of storytelling in the digital space.
When a crisis takes us by surprise, we are forced to rethink. Questions have to be asked differently, problems solved differently, needs satisfied differently. It is precisely then that we all long for people who provide answers, who know the way out, who shape our future for us: Decision-makers, experts, leaders. But how much of what we are looking for is actually within ourselves? “Lied Me!” is looking for new ways to rethink art – or more precisely, the aesthetic experience of song – in the digital space. And it does so out of our own artistic potential, which needs to be set free. Eleven young scholarship holders and alumni of the Lied Academy, i.e. singers and pianists, accompanied by three renowned curators over several months so that the art genre of song can unfold in nine short films. The question on everyone’s mind in this project: How do we get people addicted to song? And how can the digital space help us do that?
So that the genre of song, for which the young song interpreters are so passionate, can ignite even more people? No one knows what will be at the end of this creative journey. Nine moving image productions, yes. But what they will look like, what story they will tell, remains to be seen. www.lied-me.art
Up until now »Neuland.Lied« was the platform for new interdisciplinary song formats within the festival Heidelberger Frühling. This year it should have celebrated its premiere as an independent festival from June 11th to 15th. Despite the positive development of the pandemic, it has to be canceled: Many concert programs were specially designed for the new festival and would have required longer rehearsal processes, which could not be carried out under lockdown conditions. And the constantly changing arrival and return travel regulations for artists living abroad have made reliable planning impossible. »Neuland.Lied« will therefore be launched for the first time in June 2022.
After around 8 months, the first concert in front of an audience will take place on Wednesday, June 9th. The Armida Quartet plays twice as part of the subscription series »Kammermusik Plus«, at 5 pm and 8 pm. Due to the limited number of seats available, the concert is already sold out. In addition, two further special concerts are planned for June. Despite the positive development of the pandemic, the independent song festival »Neuland.Lied« planned from June 11th to 15th will have its premiere in June 2022.
It is with great regret that we have to cancel the International Song Competition “Das Lied” under the chairmanship of Thomas Quasthoff, which would have been organized by the Liedzentrum Heidelberg from May 25th to 29th. We had postponed the competition from February to May and hoped that a positive development of the infection rate would make it possible to hold the competition at a later date. Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing the opposite. On this basis, we cannot guarantee or take responsibility for fair and safe conditions for the participants who come from all over the world.
After the cancellation of the Heidelberg Spring 2021, the festival organizers launched a digital program under the motto “Let’s play!”. Longstanding artistic partners as well as debutants at the Heidelberger Frühling were guests, including composer and clarinetist Jörg Widmann, pianists Igor Levit and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, singer Anna Lucia Richter and the Schumann Quartet. The concert streams are available to you as videos on demand for the entire anniversary year.
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.