Music in Goslar and the Region

For the love of music ...

The Twelfth International Musikfest Goslar-Harz, August 8 to September 7, 2014

Prominent international artists promise musical enjoyment of the highest order.  Young musicians meet established artists, established musicians perform next to aspiring ensembles, young composers encounter experienced audiences as well as newcomers.  Chamber music merges with jazz, orchestra, song, new music and colloquy to form an extraordinary series of concerts.

Three of the four Opening-Weekend programs (8/15-8/17) stand right at the crossroads of jazz and the classics.  They are the grand opening gala in Goslar’s Sparkasse-Passage and two more at the Rammelsberg World Heritage site -- including first-ever performances of the string sextet and jazz trio by the young composer, Partyius Baumann, and still other foretastes of  “Jazz-Frühschoppen".  The fourth program, in Hahnenklee’s historical Stabkirche, features an evening of classical quartets with the Kuss-Quartet, which occupies a firm place among the top international ensembles.

In the subsequent week (8/19-8/21), the Gaspard Trio plays chamber music in Seesen, and the Brüggen/Plank Duo follows with a sonata evening in Liebenburg.  After the initial 2012 success of a silent film project, “Nosferatu,” Nicholas Rimmer and Johannes Fischer (8/21 in the Kulturkraftwerk Goslar) will follow that with a live piano and percussion interpretation of another Fritz Lang silent film, “Metropolis” (1925/26). 

The Kaiserpfalz Weekend (8/22-8/24) features an orchestral gala with highlights of Classicism (soloists: Janina Ruh and Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt on cello, Indira Koch on violin, and Composer in Residence Helmut Abel) as well as a matinee in the Mönchehaus Museum showcasing  young stars preparing for the International ARD-Competition.  It ends at the Goslar Kraftwerk, where Bachianas Brasileiras (eight cellos of the Weimar Cello Ensemble, directed by W. E. Schmidt) bridges the distance to South America.  These concerts are artistically produced by Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, whose powerful instrumental expressiveness is often mentioned in the same breath with that of Rostropovitch.  He brings with him Composer in Residence Helmut Abel and his orchestra, “Metamorphoses Berlin.”    Finally, in Wolfshagen’s lovely town church, Sunday the 24th will feature “A Bit of Bliss,” with the Finsterbusch Trio of Berlin.

Even before the Musikfest’s grand opening, however, the Prologue Weekend (8/08-8/10) will be offering solo works by Bach and Ysäye, performed by the internationally touted violin virtuoso, Denis Goldfield.  The Resonance Quintet, including the locally well known and highly regarded  artist Agnieszka Izdebska, plays classical works for clarinet quartet in the Bündheimer Schloss and in the Rittergut Altenrode.  In the Kostergut Heiningen  the trio of Denis and Michaela Goldfeld (violin, flute) and Goslar’s own Johannes Krebs (cello) play virtuoso chamber music by Haydn, Handel/Halvorsen and Heitor Villa-Lobos.

The Epilogue Week (8/30-9/07) contains further surprises.  After the festive concert in the Stephanikirche with, among others, several prizewinners from “Jugend Musiziert” and selected students from the concurrent “Konzertarbeitswochen,” the series continues with young string quartets at a matinee in the Kloster Ilsenburg and at a “Cloister Day” concert in the Wöltingerode Kloster.  The Trio Con Abbandono performs in the Frankenberg church, Goslar, and the vocal trio with Nadezda Senatskaya in the Berufsförderungswerk.   On Saturday (9/06) at the Rammelsberg World Heritage site will be "Breaking Loose," tracing the musical trail blazed by Luigi Nono.  Finally, on September 7 in the baroque hall of the Klostergut Heiningen, the Musikfest comes to an end with a further menu of musical “ear candy,” including Ginastera’s Argentine dances and Kapustin’s Burlesque, performed by Oliver Mascaranhas on cello, and Cara Hesse at the piano.

Additionally, the successful ongoing series, “Classics in the Classroom,” will be continued. 

We thank all partners, contributors, patrons and friends for their generous support, particularly in this time of tight budgets!  And thanks to our interested and ever-increasing public, to whose loyalty are deeply indebted.  We look forward to greeting our concertgoers once more, we welcome them heartily and hope they will spend many unforgettable hours of musical pleasure with us.

Dagmar Grasemann, Festival Director







Next Concert

Internationales Musikfest Goslar - Harz

10.08.2018, 19.00 Uhr

38640 Goslar, Sparkassen-Passage am Jakobikirchhof


Die Eröffnungsgala

Spark – Die klassische Band

Die Eröffnungsgala des Musikfestes in der Sparkassen-Passage hat sich zu einer liebgewonnenen Tradition entwickelt. Hier werden Zeichen gesetzt für ein modernes Musikerlebnis, das dennoch fest verwurzelt ist in der Tradition unserer Kunstmusik. Die ECHO-Gewinner von Spark – Die klassische Band zeigen, was in der heutigen Musikwelt möglich ist, und lassen mit zwei Blockflöten, Geige, Cello und Klavier die Funken sprühen – „so heiß kann Kammermusik sein.“

Werke von Johann Sebastian Bach und François Couperin bis Lev „Ljova“ Zhurbin und Zequinha de Abreu

Karten für diese Veranstaltung

Beginn: 19.00 Uhr
Eintritt: 10,- € bis 35,- € / erm. 8,- € bis 30,- €


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