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Meet conductor Teodor Currentzis: Deutsche Welle Festival, October 2021

Teodor Currentzis
Courtesy of Anton Zavyalov and Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre

The charismatic Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis became principal guest conductor of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra in 2011. He prefers jeans and combat boots to stuffy suits, and he absolutely hates the polite applause of classical music audiences. We'll hear him conduct the '20-'21 season opener at the Deutsche Welle Festival on Oct 6th at 8pm.
10/6 The charismatic Greek-Russian conductor Teodor Currentzis is the principal conductor of the Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra. From the 2020-21 season opener, we have pieces from Dowland to Biber to Scelsi. And we'll hear how Currentzis interprets Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1.

10/13 Schwetzingen Festival: Beethoven and his role models In the spring the Schwetzingen palace gardens are in full bloom and a major music festival normally takes place there. Cancelled during the pandemic, the Schwetzingen Festival was revived in October. This program explores composers whom Ludwig van Beethoven esteemed – and emulated: Méhul, Holzbauer, Cherubini and Knecht. We’ll hear these works and two Beethoven symphonies all performed by the Academy of Early Music Berlin conducted by Bernhard Forck..

10/20 Schwetzingen Festival: Beethoven in Mysterious Company At the Schwetzingen Festival, the Belcea Quartet from England played two of Beethoven's late string quartets, No. 13 and the Große Fuge. In between the movements the audience in the Mozart Hall of Schwetzingen Palace wasn't informed in advance or a surprise. We’ll hear works by Beethoven, Shostakovich, Kurtag, Barber, Webern, Bartok, Berg, Szymanski and Andes.

10/27 Schwetzingen Festival: Sabine Meyer & Schubert's Octet The Quatuor Ébène, considered one of the world's foremost string quartets, made a stop in Schwetzingen where they performed quartets by Stravinsky, Debussy and Beethoven. And Sabine Meyer and Friends are on hand with Schubert's Octet.

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