With a selected, compact and harmoniously interwoven concert programme, which also brings a number of innovations, lively sound diversity is finally returning to the concert halls of the Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg after the silence of recent months. To open up further is the motto of the 20/21 concert season, both stylistically and in terms of location. "Our focus in the coming season will be above all on artists who are united by their search for new, open concert formats and also by their joy in communicating with the audience. These are all musicians who, in addition to musical excellence, which is a matter of course for the Mozarteum Foundation, also have a different, relaxed and natural approach to contemporary music and who are keen to share and communicate their reflections on music," says concert director Andreas Fladvad-Geier, summarising the breadth of his programme ideas. "In our after-work concerts we spin this idea even further, so that our palette ranges from Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Strauss and Krenek to swing and folk music from various countries.
Foundation President Johannes Honsig-Erlenburg adds: "With the new season"s programme, we will bring the diversity of music and the joy of playing back to the Mozarteum, so that our audience can once again enjoy unforgettable concert experiences after the Corona break. And of course we are delighted to be able to offer our audience and artists another exciting venue in Salzburg with a new concert hall in the Villa Vicina!
New venue Villa Vicina
Due to the planned reconstruction of the interval foyer, some of the concerts will take place in the immediate vicinity - from spring 2021 the concerts will move to the puppet theatre or the newly opened Villa Vicina. At Schwarzstraße 30, the Mozarteum Foundation has been given the opportunity to develop a new venue for the cultural city of Salzburg. The event hall in the newly adapted building has about 120 seats and will be presented at the season opening in October.
The Mozarteum Foundation will start the new season from 6 to 11 October with an opulent opening round of five concerts: the highly acclaimed pianist brothers Lucas and Arthur Jussen, the popular Salzburg violinist Benjamin Schmid and tuba player Andreas Martin Hofmeir in association with harpist Andreas Mildner will make up for their concerts, which were postponed due to corona problems in spring. The Ensemble Amarcord Wien will open the event at the Villa Vicina with an after work concert in homage to Beethoven. Christoph Koncz, accompanied by Les Musiciens du Louvre, will play Mozart"s original concert violin.
A Song of Songs
The concert programme in the 20/21 season is characterised by two main focuses: the intimate, personal genre of the song is celebrated on four evenings with top-class soloists. Thus Elīna Garanča will come to the Salzach for a song gala (6 November). The world-famous mezzo-soprano will show all facets of her vocal artistry with a program ranging from Strauss and Rachmaninoff to Spanish songs and zarzuelas. The Tamsweg baritone Rafael Fingerlos is one of the most important young opera and song interpreters not only in the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, but also on international stages. He will perform songs by Schubert, Beethoven, Strauss and Fürstenthal on stage in the Great Hall (October 16). Bass-baritone Douglas Williams will give a recital under the American flag with works by Bernstein, Weill, Porter and others, and a world premiere of Iain Bell (November 27). And with Krenek"s "Travel Book from the Austrian Alps", interpreted by tenor Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, the song cycle will close on April 21 next season.
With MozartLAB, the Mozarteum Foundation is initiating an international programme for young talent to promote excellence in music and culture. The focus of this support platform lies in the practice-oriented communication of the core competences concerts, museums and science to musically and culturally ambitious talents. One aspect of this is to bring artists of the younger generation even more into the limelight during the concert season. Seven MozartLAB concerts will sharpen this focus even more in the 20/21 season. In the coming months, international up-and-coming stars will be travelling to Salzburg, including the Viano String Quartet (20 October) from Los Angeles, the British pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason (10 November), the winners of the 2018 International Mozart Competition Quatuor Tchalik (24 November) and the French harpist Anaïs Gaudemard (15 December), who is currently regarded as one of the best harp players. The Viennese double-bass player Dominik Wagner will come with his (playing) friends (February 23), for the Salzburg violinist Benjamin Herzl, the performance with pianist Ingmar lazar in the Marionette Theatre will be a home game (March 16), and the Berlin Christoph Heesch will delight the audience with his violoncello with a programme from Bach to Berio (April 13).
In addition, the after work concert series will bring a dazzling musical play of colours to the 20/21 season programme. The relaxed concerts in a casual atmosphere have enjoyed great popularity for three years. The after work series starts at the season opening with the quartet Amarcord Wien (8 October), Die Tontauben will at least seduce the concert audience into rocking along with their rousing swing of the 30s to 50s (10 December), the Quartetto Chagall, inspired by the painter Marc Chagall, can be experienced with an iridescent palette of works from Debussy to Piazolla, Puccini and Glass (6. May), with the unusual pairing of harmonica and piano, OPUS Classical Prize winners Konstantin Reinfeld and Benyamin Nuss will delight audiences with a repertoire that oscillates between Bach, Bartók and Chick Corea (27 May), and the Lofoten Cello Duo will take listeners on a journey through the world of folk music from Scandinavia to the Balkans, the Middle East and Catalonia (17 June). The colophonists offer a musical bouquet from Mozart to the present (24 June). The young cello quartet started their career with a phenomenal appearance in the interval film at the New Year"s Concert 2017.
Information on tickets and subscriptions
The programme for the 2020/21 season is available at www.mozarteum.at. Tickets and subscriptions are available from July 2020. Single tickets for the season concerts are available at prices between 10 and 39 euros or 20 and 79 euros for the special concerts in the Great Hall and at 25 euros in the Vienna Hall, Marionette Theatre and Villa Vicina. There are different subscriptions, such as the subscription "Kammermusik alle" with all 21 events of the new concert season for 300 Euro or the after work concerts in subscription for 110 Euro. For young people, pupils, students and apprentices up to 26 years of age, there have been attractive offers for many years: Single tickets for 10 Euro, a youth subscription with 3 concerts for 15 Euro or the "Flatrate" for all concerts of the season for only 50 Euro.