This year, the Lufthansa Festival takes wing to explore a world of
music beyond the Baroque. The innovative programme traces the
threads that link traditional, contemporary, jazz and world musics
with 18th-century repertoire. Alongside major works by Bach,
Handel, Telemann and Vivaldi are the exotic sounds of music
from Africa, Eastern Europe, Turkey and the New World, many of
which fed into Western art music.
A series of piano recitals explores the many ways in which
Baroque composers inspired later generations, including Debussy,
Ravel, Messiaen and Schoenberg as well as the distinctive jazz
improvisations of Jacques Loussier.
The festival also marks the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth
with two concerts, one featuring acclaimed lyric tenor Christoph
Prégardien, the other a performance of Mozart's last great work,
his Requiem Mass, in the splendid setting of Westminster Abbey.
We welcome performers from all over the globe, including the
South African gospel choir SDASA Chorale, the Diana Baroni Trio
from Latin America, and period orchestras from Canada, France,
Germany and Italy. And we are delighted to extend that welcome
to the Festival's international and thoroughly eclectic audience.
Kate Bolton, Artistic Director