Dresden Music Festival to offer live concerts again

After more than a year of a forced break because of the coronavirus, the Dresden Music Festival will offer live concerts again for the first time from Friday.

Thanks to the decline in infections, 10 shows can be presented in the eastern German city’s Kulturpalast and Stallhof locations until June 13, artistic director Jan Vogler said on Monday.

Artists such as Albrecht Mayer, Boris Giltburg, the Dresden Festival Orchestra under Ivor Bolton, the New York Gypsy Allstars, Max Mutzke, Rudolf Buchbinder or Pablo Sainz-Villegas have agreed to play twice due to limited space, in order to enable as many people as possible to enjoy a concert.

Most of the artists are performing in front of a live audience for the first time in a long time.

In the past few days, the classical music festival has already streamed several concerts online.

On Sunday evening, the US composer and conductor John Adams was honoured with the festival prize endowed with 25,000 euros (30,500 dollars).

Adams intends to use the prize money, among other things, to fund music lessons in US prisons and scholarships for classical music education in communities suffering from economic and ethnic tensions.

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