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Dresden gives residency to Israel Phil

January 19, 2016 by norman lebrecht

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The Israel Philharmonic with conductor Omer Meir Wellber, 34, has been named orchestra in residence at the 2016 Dresden Music Festival in May-June.

Other ensembles involved in the festival’s Israel-Germany theme are the Jerusalem Quartet and the German-based New Jewish Chamber Philharmonic, which performs works banned by the Nazis.

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press release:

For its 39th festival programme, the Dresden Music Festival has taken as its motto “Time”, whose various facets will be examined from 5 May to 5 June 2016 in 52 concerts given by some of the most renowned figures in the international classical music scene such as Leonidas Kavakos, Andris Nelsons, Kristine Opolais, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Daniil Trifonov, Arabella Steinbacher and Semyon Bychkov, to mention just a few of the performers who have been invited.

“A good concert always also provides us with a magical intellectual discourse between the past and the future,” festival director Jan Voglersays of the motto for the 39th Dresden Music Festival. And such a discourse seems particularly vital at the moment, in view of current problems such as xenophobia, hostility towards refugees and resurgent racism. Vogler, a committed humanist, is convinced that the 2016 festival can make a significant contribution here: “Music always has a strong connective effect. Confucius said that music can prevent wars and guarantee peace in society. I think society still very much underestimates what music can achieve.”


Comments (5)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    Good signal for the pegidians.

    1. Novagerio says:

      The pegidians?? They are against european islamisation, not against israelis!…

  2. Doug says:

    Oh my, what will the “refugees” think?

  3. Peter says:

    So the most racist orchestra in the world is invited to Dresden. Actually it makes sense.

    1. Heath says:

      Racist orchestra? Lol. I think we know who the racist is PETER. They are the most humanity – based orchestra in the world. This blog is full of racists. And if you don’t like a government’s actions, you blame their orchestra? Very mature Peter, very mature.


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