About being there and being so
The human voice is an instrument with which expressions of the soul can be transmitted directly. The voice takes center stage at a total of 21 concerts. Countertenor Valer Sabadus makes his debut at the Mozartfest with his program »Closer to Paradise«. The world-class baritone Johannes Martin Kränzle combines Yiddish and Hebrew songs with Frank Martin's monologues from Jedermann in Shalom Europa. For the Catholic-educated Mozart, music, soul-searching and theology formed a unity, which is why we are dedicating a focus to his last sacred work, the Requiem. In addition to a performance with Concerto Köln and the Dommusik, this focus also includes an exhibition of Thomas Grochowiak's cycle of paintings based on Mozart's Requiem at the Martin von Wagner Museum in collaboration with the University of Würzburg. The extremely successful »Kunst - Musik - Dialog« series with art historian Damian Dombrowski and music researcher Ulrich Konrad will be continued. A concert in Würzburg's oldest parish church, St. Burkard's, explores the end of our days with Mozart's Requiem and American jazz songs.
The Mozartfest has been experimenting with new listening experiences for years. Since 2023, it has been supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation as part of »tuned: Netzwerk für zeitgenössische Klassik«. Once again, a space will be opened up for »Freispiel«, which this time takes place at the Exerzitienhaus Himmelspforten and was developed by young creatives from the MozartLabor. The music-theatrical installation »Hell ist die Nacht« was also developed by former MozartLabor scholarship holders: Würzburg's destruction in 1945 is the starting point for this project of remembrance culture, which explores the path to a life after guilt in the air-raid shelter of a monastery complex in the middle of the city.
For four weeks, the M PopUp will open a space for Mozart called »Garden of Eden«: designed by the team of the podcast series »Des Pudels Kern«, Elisa Erkelenz and David-Maria Gramse. With numerous collaborations, the M PopUp, which offers daily workshops, encounters and concerts, sees itself as an interdisciplinary civic project. From togetherness to togetherness.
Our artistes étoiles from the Mozartfest family return to Würzburg: Reinhard Goebel, Ragna Schirmer, Jörg Widmann and the Schumann Quartet. In four concerts, Kit Armstrong takes us on an »Expedition Mozart«, which brings him together with top musicians from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonics, among others. The outstanding director Maxim Emelyanychev, who is coming to Würzburg with his Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has been a permanent member of the artist roster for three years. Unique artists such as Frank Peter Zimmermann, Ronald Brautigam and Andrew Manze have developed exclusive programs on the theme of the season. In discussion formats, renowned experts from the fields of philosophy, theology and psychology will discuss questions of guilt and forgiveness - including Andreas Kruse, Dieter Mersch and Hans Joachim Sander.
When Richard Strauss described Mozart's music as a »revelation of the innermost soul of the worl«, we are right in the middle of the programs for the coming season.
Welcome to the Mozartfest 2024!
Artistic Director of the Mozartfest Würzburg
As of 25.1.2024
The Würzburg Residenz, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, churches, monasteries, wineries, palace gardens or industrial monuments are the stages for a multi-faceted cornucopia of events in which the focus is on shared appreciation and exploring aural sublimities.