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Travel to the great music festivals of Germany with the Deutsche Welle Festival, August 2021

Avi Avital, mandolin

From the Berlin Music Festival, Deutsche Welle takes us next to the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival for the audience-free, live-streamed season opener featuring mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital. August 18th at 8pm.

8/4       Berlin Music Festival  Anton Webern, Alban Berg and Alfred Schnittke mark the beginning and the end of 20th century music. Webern kicked off a century of innovation, yet he was rooted in the sounds of Bach, and Schnittke brings it full circle, with a wacky yet serious, modern take on the baroque concerto grosso form. We’ll hear the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, with principal conductor Vladimir Jurowski.

8/11      Berlin Music Festival  The Berlin Philharmonic, violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann and conductor Kirill Petrenko tell the musical story of a young girl who left this earth far too soon in Alban Berg's violin concerto In Memory of an Angel," as well as Bartok’s violin sonata and Dvorak's Fifth.

8/18      Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival  The lineup this time is a who's who of who's in demand in any season: mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital, percussionist Martin Grubinger, harpist Xavier de Maistre, cellist Sol Gabetta, pianist Christian Bezuidenhout and clarinetist Sabine Meyer. They've all returned to the festival in the year of the pandemic for an audience-free, live-streamed season opener.

8/25      Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival, Pt 2  We'll hear archival performances from the German Chamber Philharmonic as they perform Beethoven's Fourth and Eighth Symphonies, his Coriolan Overture and Triple Concerto as well as Bruch’s Violin Concerto.