Since 1998 the Bonner Schumannfest (formerly “Endenicher Herbst”) is dedicated to the memory of Robert and Clara Schumann. With a varied program of classical music, jazz, rock, cabaret, film and dance, the festival takes a look beyond Bonn’s borders. The main objective of the festival, which is directed by Markus Schuck, is the promotion of artistic talent.
Cooperations with the Republic of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Denmark, Slovakia, France, Italy and Austria have given the Schumannfest an international character for several years.
The festival takes place in the district of Bonn, around the Schumannhaus, a district that has the greatest density of cultural facilities in the federal city of Bonn and is also unique in this form nationwide.
The Schumannfest Bonn is a member of the Schumann Network (sponsored by the Commissioner of the Federal Government for Culture and Media and the Federal State of Bonn).
The Bonner Schumannfest is heading into its anniversary season under the motto “Joy”. For the 20th time, the festival, which was launched under the name “Endeicher Herbst” in 1998, now takes place. From the 6th to the 18th of June, the Schumannfest offers a total of 17 events, all of which deal with the joy of music and singing.
„At this Schumannfest, too,” says the festival-makers Markus Schuck and Ulrich Bumann,” we remain loyal to our line, mainly to support young artists, for whom the festival can be a career boost.” The opening concert is on the 6 June in the Schumannhaus, where six young singers and pianists from Germany and France arranged a Franco-German song evening. Responsible for the idea and concept of this evening are Pauliina Tukiainen, in terms of songs artistic consultant of the Schumannfest, and her French colleague Anne Le Bozec. The program includes, among other things, a discovery: the scarcely known setting of Schiller’s Ode “An die Freude” by Franz Schubert, which arose eight years before Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.
Singing is also the focus of the festival’s final concert on June 18 at the Theater im Ballsaal: the soprano Annika Gerhard and the baritone Tobias Berndt interpret songs and duets by Robert Schumann together with Pauliina Tukiainen (piano). To the vocal accents, the Schumannfest also includes an evening with Fay Claassen, one of the great women voices of jazz (June 16 in the Harmonie). The Dutch singer presents her new, eightes solo album “Luck Child”.
Of course, piano music is once again a focal point of the festival. The traditional concert for the birthday of Robert Schumann on June 8 contests Sophie Pacini, who has just been awarded the International Classical Music Award (ICMA) as “Artist of the Year”. Pacini had her first appearance at the Schumannfest in 2006 as a 14-year-old teenager. The Bonn pianist Luisa Imorde is a guest on June 13th. Her program includes the “Zirkustänze” by Jörg Widmann, which she has successfully recorded on CD. In a piano duo evening with Wagner arrangements and the Beethoven Variations by Camille Saint-Saens, Franziska and Florian Glemser can be heard on June 15. Two days later, on June 17, Teo Gheorghiu in the Schumannhaus, with works by Schumann (children’s scenes), Brahms, Chopin and Ravel. Gheorghiu caught his eye as a piano wonder child in the film “Vitus”, meanwhile he has become a world-renowned pianist, among others with the Bonner Beethoven-Ring.
“Vitus”, the Swiss movie from 2006, in which Teo Gheorghiu plays alongside Bruno Ganz, is of course also part of the movie program of the Schumannfest in the Rex Cinema (June 15). In addition, there is the “Spring Symphony” (June 18) with Herbert Grönemeyer and Nastassja Kinski and a rarity: Ingmar Bergman’s former film “An der Freude” (June 11).
A special feature of the Schumannfest 2017 are concerts in the most different formations – from the duo evening (June 7) with the cellist Laura Moinian and the pianist Jamie Bergin to the orchestral concert (in the auditorium of the University of Bonn, June 15) Junior and the Symphony Orchestra of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium. (Trumpet, saxophone, piano) on June 11 (Pauke Kultur-Bistro), the Trio Céleste (violin, saxophone, piano) Two trumpets and organ) on June 12 (Kreuzbergkirche); The trio “21Meter60” presents itself in a particularly apt occupation: the three tubs will play on June 10 in the Schumannhaus. The Italian ensemble duomo (guitar, flute, violin, viola, cello) completes the formation dance: “Tutto Morricone” is his evening with the film music of Ennio Morricone on June 14 in the Theater im Ballsaal.
To coincide with the anniversary, the Bonner Schumannfest with the support of the Bonner Agentur Gipfelgold presents itself visually in a new look: with new colors, new logo and a new web appearance.
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