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Mosel Music Festival explores the "Heimat"

2 July 2019

"Ich habe manchmal Heimweh, ich weiß nur nicht, wonach..." With this line by the Jewish-Russian-Austrian poet Mascha Kaléko, introduces director Tobias Scharfenberger the Mosel Music Festival 2019 and the motto of the cultural summer of Rhineland region: "Heimat". What home is and how it sounds, these are the questions that the Mosel Music Festival will pursue in 54 concerts at 43 venues from 13 July to 3 October 2019. Scharfenberger has been inspired for his programme by many different musical homelands. Extraordinary projects, amazing combinations and surprising cooperations will take place in summer 2019 in monasteries, churches, ruins, schools and castles: folk music meets music from the Orient, classical music meets klezmer, baroque meets blues, swing meets rap, spiritual songs of Africa meet spiritual choir literature of Europe.

In 2019 Tobias Scharfenberger also discovered several new venues along the Mosel river, such as the Club Toni at the Domfreihof in Trier, the old Pauly-Rath bottling hall in Hatzenport, the Valentiny Forum in Remerschen, Luxembourg, the churches of St. Laurentius in Longuich, St. John the Baptist in Treis and the Protestant church in Trarbach. Their special ambiance inspires exquisite ensembles such as the South African Cape Town Opera Chorus, the swing rappers of Goldmeister, the Hanover Boys Choir with the Canadian Brass, the Armenian Nagash Ensemble as well as the rousing South Korean pianist Yeol Eum Son, singer-songwriter Pe Werner, master pianist Kit Armstrong and drummer Eva Klesse. Sinfonietta Sinfonietta and the Ballet of the Year.

Jugenstil is the name of a new format that focuses on young talents. In 2019, the Chorakademie Dortmund, the pianist Robert Neumann and the cellist Benjamin Kruithof with Zala Kravos at the piano will perform. Already today they are remarkable musicians with promising careers.

The boys and girls of the Peter-Wust school in Wittlich also have promising perspectives because they are developing a new concert format with the festival team and the Vision String Quartet. They not only explore sales channels and marketing opportunities, but also think about lighting and seating furniture, ticket prices and crowdfunding. The lounge concert at the Peter-Wust-Gymnasium shows how creative the pupils are. The festival team is already accepting applications for the "festival@school Project 2020".

Following its successful debut in the 2018 season, the "freckles" will again present family concerts for children aged above five. Lilli Leichtfuß and Zola Zauderhaft set out in search of their homeland at Pianohaus Hübner. At the family concert in Forum Livia the pupils of the primary school Leiwen will be on stage together with the award-winning percussion duo Alexander Glöggler and Philipp Jungk and show how fantastic it is to drum on everyday objects.

Check out the full programme on the Mosel Musikfestival website.