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Latest news about the situation of the Mozartfest 2020

Dear Friends of the Mozartfest,

It is on!

When we had to cancel the Mozartfest 2020 in its original form on April 20 due to the effects of the Corona Pandemic, we promised to put all our energy into finding an alternative festival program. After all, isn’t it the arts that are flexible, creative, spontaneous and imaginative to create something new out of friction with resistance? When, if not now, do we need music? It has the ability to give hope, confidence, strength and courage. Listening to music and experiencing it connects us human beings and creates a community. The Mozartfest originated out of this spirit and has ever since been carrying this conviction throughout its almost 100-year history. This unleashes obligation!

»The freedom for renewal is in the world of art the purpose, as in all of God’s creation.« This sentence by Beethoven inspired us to this year's festival motto »Resistance. Resurgence. Renewal.« Giving up was out of the question for us. We are taking Beethoven at his word: With perseverance and the creativity of all the artists involved, our partners and everyone who guaranteed the financing, we were able to work out a program adapted to the situation in just a few weeks.

We are inviting all of you to meet some of our festival artists, who will be playing their concerts in the rooms of the Residenz Würzburg and you will experience them live on television, radio, and the internet. A common experience during this time of social distance allows for a selection of concerts and smaller event formats with an audience as well as the MozartLabor. Starting on Corpus Christi (June 11), open-air events with a mobile stage - for children and adults alike – will take place with limited audience capacity. During the last week of the Festival, if further developments will allow it, we will try out concert formats with chamber orchestras and ensembles in rooms with a small audience. 

We are looking forward to your encouragement and that each of you will find something powerful in the new program of the Mozartfest, which is unusual for all of us. Friedrich Hölderlin, the other jubilarian of this year, put it aptly:

"But where there is danger, there is growth." - Let's take the music for that!

Your Mozartfest team