In times of social change and political reorientation, there can be no more fitting symbol than the mirror. And that is the theme director Jan Vogler has taken for the 67 events at 24 venues taking place during the 2018 Dresden Music Festival: “Music reflects our emotions and thoughts, our values and our visions. At the 41st edition of the Dresden Music Festival, we will explore the various influences music has on our individual existence and our society under the motto of 'mirrors'.”

The violoncello, an instrument whose tone has always been considered to reflect the human soul, has been given a very prominent place at the 2018 festival by Vogel, himself a world-class cellist: “Cellomania” will present visitors with a series of 11 concerts that can deservedly be called a summit of the international cello scene. Or when else would one be able to experience Yo-Yo Ma (who will already appear in a special concert on 31 January), Mischa Maisky, Lynn Harrel, Daniel Müller-Schott, Alban Gerhardt, Pieter Wispelwey, Harriet Krijgh, Pablo Ferrández, Steven Isserlis and, of course, the artistic director himself within 11 days in one place? And the equally outstanding teachers David Geringas, Ralph Kirshbaum, Miklós Perényi, Natalia Gutman, Frans Helmerson and Ivan Monighetti will also be holding masterclasses from 17 to 19 May. The culmination will be the “Long Cello Night” on 21 May, when all these exceptional artists will come together.

This makes it all the more natural that the cello is already given the solo role in the opening concert (10 May), in which the festival's past and present will merge musically in a collaboration between the former festival director Hartmut Haenchen as conductor of the Royal Danish Orchestra and the current director, Jan Vogler, as soloist. The numerous world-class international orchestras appearing at the festival include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Daniele Gatti (16 May), the Budapest Festival Orchestra under Iván Fischer (25 May) and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra under Peter Oundjian. The final concert (10 June), as has become tradition, will be given by the Dresden Festival Orchestra, with Ivor Bolton as conductor and Thomas Zehetmair and Jan Vogler as soloists in Brahms' Double Concerto in A Minor, op. 102.

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