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.
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.”