Nuremberg (ots) – The 71st ION Music Festival will take place in Nuremberg from June 24 to July 3, 2022. It awaits 10 days with over 30 concerts, two festive services, with master classes, workshops and numerous other in-depth offers.
The 71st Musikfest ION starts on June 24. A few days before the start, the first concerts are already sold out. Already, there is a record in ticket revenue. “With our theme ‘All you need is…’ we asked a question: ‘What do we need?’ And obviously one answer from the people of Nuremberg and from numerous guests from Germany and Europe is: music, joining in, singing, gathering,” says Moritz Puschke, the managing director of Musikfest ION. And he continues: “Our idea of developing a contemporary festival here in Nuremberg is working. And with our new festival architecture, with meeting offers and with the strong networking with the city society, we will manage to organize a radiant, visitor-strong music festival ION 2022 despite the music crisis. Nuremberg, with its diverse festival scene, is increasingly becoming a music metropolis.”
The 71st Musikfest ION will open with 230 Nuremberg children. They have spent a week working on works by Beethoven with charismatic music educator Friedhilde Trüün. On June 24, 3 p.m., they will present themselves together with the Frank Schlichter Jazz Ensemble in St. Lorenz. The response has been so great that the concert will be repeated on June 25, 11 am. There are still a few remaining tickets for both events.
Also on June 24, at 7 p.m., the big ION night begins. The church doors of St. Lorenz, St. Egidien, St. Jakob, St. Elisabeth and the Frauenkirche will then be wide open for a total of 16 top-class events – with free admission! The ION Night combines the summery flair of Nuremberg’s Old Town and the diverse sounds in the auratic spaces. There will be music of the early Baroque by Heinrich Schütz, sultry romantic sounds by César Franck and Joseph Gabriel Rheinberger, and rousing arrangements by the Nuremberg Accordion Ensemble, among others. A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere of a work by Argentine composer Martín Palmeri 7 p.m. in St. Lorenz. Here Palmeri combines church music with tango.
And at the end, the Music Festival ION is looking for the largest Nuremberg night choir. This will be a community experience with a goose bump effect, when thousands of people gather on Sebalder Platz at 11 p.m. to sing together. Singalong expert Jan Schumacher will lead the night choir. Sheet music will be available on site.
At 11 p.m., the new concert series NIGHTFLIGHT will also be launched in St. Martha. Here, genre boundaries are casually pushed aside and a space for exceptional musical enjoyment is opened: intimate, direct, touching and embedded in the special atmosphere of this church space. The star of neo-classical music, Hania Rani, will kick things off. The concert is already sold out.
The second NIGHTFLIGHT concert on the following evening is called Mozart in New Light (June 25) and creates a combination of Mozart’s Requiem in a crystalline string quartet version, played by the Eliot Quartet, and light projections with the visual piano by Laurenz Theinert.
Then, on Saturday, June 25, a pinnacle work of music history awaits music fans: George Frideric Handel’s famous oratorio Messiah will be heard at 7 p.m. in St. Sebald. The legendary British vocal ensemble VOCES8 will perform the evening together with soloists and the Academy of Ancient Music. BR Klassik, once again a strong media partner of the ION Music Festival, will broadcast the concert live on the radio. There are only a few remaining tickets for the immediate experience on site.
Sunday, June 26, begins at 10 a.m. with a festive musical service in St. Lorenz, including a Bach cantata.
In the course of the day there are then offers in the again initiated FORUM:
there is a Workshop for the re-entry into the choir everyday life after Corona and the master course improvisation on key instruments with Martin storm and Hansi Enzensperger begins. Already from Saturday, the Nuremberg Children’s and Youth Choir has been working according to the VOCES8 method and with the London music educator Paul Smith. On Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m., the young singers will present the fruits of their collaboration together with the stars of VOCES8 in a workshop concert in St. Egidien.
At the end of the first festival weekend, the two most beautiful German-language pieces of consolation music will be performed in concert at 8 p.m. in the Church of St. Nicholas and St. Ulrich in Mögeldorf. The Requiem by Johannes Brahms, in the version for solos, choir and four-hand fortepiano meets the Musikalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz. The Ensemble LauschWerk and instrumentalists such as Christine Schornsheim will perform the concert under the direction of Martin Steidler. Remaining tickets are still available.
The 71st music festival ION continues until Sunday, July 3, and offers numerous other top-class concerts, lectures and artist talks. All info is available at www.musikfest-ion.de.
Tickets are available at www.ion.reservix.de – 0911 21 444 88
Information on further ordering options and the ordering conditions can be found at www.musikfest-ion.de.
The current Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance applies to all events.
Musikfest ION would like to express its heartfelt thanks for their support and trust:
Free State of Bavaria
City of Nuremberg
District of Middle Franconia
Future Foundation of Sparkasse Nuremberg
Friends of ION e.V.
I.K. Hofmann Stiftung
Patronage of the ION
Protestant and Catholic Church in Nuremberg and Bavaria
Bayerischer Rundfunk – BR Franken
Dr. Oliver Geisler
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