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8th 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 more than a month, from 26 April to 2 June 2024, you can once again experience numerous concert highlights live in the Elbphilharmonie and the Laieszhalle. The motto of the Hamburg International Music Festival is "War and Peace". First-class guests will create programme highlights and ensure that the discourse, as old as it is contemporary, is enriched with musical contributions at the end of the concert calendar in reference to Leo Tolstoy's timeless novel "War and Peace".


The 2024 program - these are the themes

On the music side, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra will kick off this year's international music festival with Arnold Schönberg's late romantic choral work "Peace on Earth". The festival, which lasts around four weeks, will not only present a selection of impressive works spanning different eras and the history of war and peace, but will also tie in with current social discourse with further performances.

Other highlights of the festival include the performance of Beethoven's 9th Symphony and the hymnal appeal "All Men Become Brothers", as well as the large-scale project of Olivier Messiaen's only opera "Saint François d'Assise" about the peacemaker and saint Francis of Assisi, elaborately staged by Kent Nagano and his Philharmonic Orchestra and performed over three evenings.  The International Music Festival traditionally offers performing musicians the opportunity to realise their very special projects and programmes. All program details and highlights can be found here.

Short & Sweet

  • When From 23 April to 2 June 2024
  • Where Elbphilharmonie and Laieszhalle
  • First year 2014
  • Admission From 10 euros
  • No. of visitors 78,000
  • Music style Classical, jazz, world music, pop
  • Nowhere but here NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Alan Gilbert

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