Every year the Hamburg International Music Festival provides one final highlight in the concert calendar at the end of the season. In 2021 the festival takes place entirely online and presents many programme highlights with all major Hamburg-based orchestras and top-class guests.
Numerous top concerts available to stream
The digital festival opens on 6 May 2021 with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra under conductor Kent Nagano playing Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and the first performance of a work by Swiss composer William Blank. The main focus of the festival are three concerts by and with the American baritone Thomas Hampson. He recently added a new chapter to his long-term project »Song of America« entitled »A Celebration of Black Music«, which he will perform for the first time on European soil together with numerous guest singers. The programme features songs and works largely by black American composers of the 20th century who have been heard far too rarely in the concert hall up to now.
Among the other highlights are Ensemble Resonanz together with Iveta Apkalna, Thomas Hengelbrock and his Balthasar Neumann ensembles, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, once under the baton of chief conductor Alan Gilbert and conducted in another concert by Paavo Järvi, the unconventional violinist and Artist in Residence Patricia Kopatchinskaja, and last but certainly not least the Belcea Quartet, which gives two recitals of chamber music by Johannes Brahms.
Note: All Hamburg International Music Festival 2021 concerts are available to stream free of charge. Once premiered, each concert stream can be accessed for the whole festival period.