The 2022 season
The 2022 festival season is accompanied by the question: What do we want to move? As a »Festival of the Arts, Democracy and Sustainability,« we are addressing the issues of our time and give them a stage. The 2022 season begins on May 5 with a political appeal: Ukrainian composer Oksana Lyniv will perform the opening concert with the subtitle »No More War« with the orchestra of the Ludwigsburg Festival as an explicit concert for peace. The concert will feature the world premiere of a new work with the title »Nova«, which the Ukrainian composer Victoria Poleva recently completed in Kyiv. The programmatic focus on democracy and peace is also reflected in a further concert with the Festival Orchestra and the Belarusian conductor Vitali Alekseenok: the evening »The Unfinished Revolution« (June 11) combines Schubert’s 7th symphony and poetry poem settings by Belarusian composers. The process of healing after violent conflicts, »The Common Stories« (May 28/29), a multinational documentary music theater about the ethnopolitical conflicts of the 1990s in the Balkans and Rwanda.
Also dedicated to the theme of Sustainability and the Integrity of Creation: among others, Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s scenic-musical lamentation for biodiversity, »Les Adieux« (May 11) with Beethoven’s »Pastorale«, together with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, as well as the performance of the rediscovered baroque work »Il diluvio universale« (May 26) about the biblical Flood, and the Gaechinger Cantorey ’s participatory project »Earth to Future« (May 9) with students from the Stuttgart region, based on Haydn’s »Creation« or the concert »Generation Future Music« musicians themselves on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. .
Dance and ritual are a focal point of Purcell’s opera »Dido and Aeneas« (May 20/21/22) in the genre-bending choreography by Sasha Waltz, as well as Pina Bausch’s legendary choreography of Stravinsky’s »Sacre« (June 17/18/19), here as the German premiere of the version by the African company École des Sables and combined with the new work »common ground[s]« by Germaine Acogny and Malou Airaudo – a co-production of the Ludwigsburg Festival. The ritual of mourning is the subject of Jochen Sandig’s »Human Requiem« (June 9/10), the scenic, moving version of Brahms’ famous oratorio, which the audience will experience in the midst of the musicians in the Liederhalle.
Chamber music concerts from classical song recitals to string and wind ensembles to the evening to the joint evening of the publicist Carolin Emcke, the soprano Anna Prohaska and the baroque orchestra La Folia on pandemics and war fill the festival weeks, as well as participation projects, artist residencies and experimental events, including a virtual reality project by the Mahler Chamber Orchestra or the project Global Breath Composers project by trumpeter Marco Blaauw.
After a break of two years due to the Corona Festival, the long awaited Monrepos Open Air with fireworks and conductor Alondra de la Parra (July 16). July).
Events to Experience
You can also look forward to several free music activities: For example, Ludwigsburg’s market square Frei Luft Musik every Friday at 6 p.m. for a good half hour as an open concert hall and musical meeting point with soloists from the Festival Orchestra and other surprise guests. And also the Fest Spiel Zentrum in the courtyard of the Residence Palace invites you to linger in a relaxed atmosphere over a glass of wine and live music from the Ordenssaal. Here at the Festspielzentrum you can also meet numerous artists at the Meet & Greet after the concerts. We look forward to welcome you in the 2022 season!
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