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Internationales Musikfest Hamburg
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6th International Music Festival Hamburg

Variety of concerts on Hamburg's stages

This year, the International Music Festival Hamburg once again heralds the end of the season – for the first time as completely digital event.

What has taken place in the Elbphilharmonie, the Laeiszhalle and Kampnagel in recent years is moving to the digital space this year - nevertheless, the program of the International Music Festival Hamburg is once again filled with numerous diverse concerts. For one month, from May 6 to June 6, 2021, concert highlights can be experienced free of charge via stream quite easily from home.

The 2021 program – concerts live in stream

This year's International Music Festival will be opened on May 6 by the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra conducted by Kent Nagano with a performance of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, as well as the world premiere of a composition by Swiss composer William Blank. This year's finale will be on June 2, 4, and 6, when U.S. baritone Thomas Hampson will perform the latest chapter in his "Song of America" series. In three installments under the title "A Celebration of Black Music," he and guest singers will perform works by black American composers in particular, who have often been denied access in the past. 

But between the start and end of the International Music Festival, countless other concerts and performances are waiting to be streamed. Other highlights include Ensemble Resonanz together with Iveta Apkalna, Veronika Eberle together with the Philharmonic State Orchestra under Kent Nagano, and a performance of the works of Robert Schumann by the French Insula orchestra together with the Accentus Choir and selected soloists.

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Short & Sweet

  • When April 2021
  • Where 7 venues in Hamburg
  • First year 2014
  • Admission From 8 euros
  • No. of visitors 78,000
  • Music style Classical, jazz, world music, pop
  • Nowhere but here Stockhausen’s musique concrète in a concrete WW 2 bunker

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