“The focus is on the innovative engagement with the city’s famous composers – Ludwig van Beethoven and Robert Schumann.” This is one of the goals for the field of music in the cultural concept of the city of Bonn. This consonance of the composer in an official governmental paper would have been unthinkable years ago, but today it can certainly be seen as a significant success of the Bonn Schumann Festival.
The Bonn Schumann Festival, founded in 1998 by Andreas Etienne and Markus Schuck, today’s festival director, was called “Endenicher Herbst” in its beginnings. It had its roots in the Bonn district of Endenich around the Schumannhaus, a district that has the largest density of cultural sites in the federal city of Bonn. 2007, the name change to Schumannfest, to illustrate the core concerns of the festival: the memory of Robert and Clara Schumann. Robert Schumann spent his last two years in Bonn, on the Old Cemetery in Bonn is the grave of Robert and Clara Schumann.
The Schumannfest is an honorary organized festival with a highly professional claim. With a diverse program that includes classical music, jazz, rock, film, cabaret, dance and literature, it finds national and international attention far beyond Bonn’s borders. A special feature of the festival is the cooperation with young artists: the Schumann Festival sees itself as a young festival and gives a stage especially to young artists who are possibly at the beginning of a great career.
AMERICA is the motto of the Schumann Festival this year. That has no political reasons. Rather, we are reminiscent of a little known episode in the life of Robert and Clara Schumann, for whom America was for a short time the dreamland of their musical dreams, and connect this memory with a tribute to Leonard Bernstein, whose 100th birthday is celebrated this year becomes.
“AMERICA is in my head again,” says 1842 in a letter from Robert to Clara, “do you think about it.” In fact, the composer sees a two-year tour of America as a way out of an unsatisfactory for him situation: Clara is as a concert pianist, he has to stand behind it. He writes elsewhere: “We could probably work in Germany. But what comes out? What Clara earns, I lose in merit and time. So we would rather spend two years on a great plan of our lives.” Of course, nothing came out of that.
AMERICA and its music will be the focus of the Schumann Festival this year, works by Leonard Bernstein, of course, but also pieces by many other American composers, who may be less well-known in Germany. “That is,” Leonard Bernstein has said, “the most important component of music creation – the personality of the composer, who has something to say with his head and heart.”
We are sure to offer you, along with our young artists, a program that appeals to both mind and heart. We cordially invite you to discover AMERICA with us.
Markus Schuck, Initiator and Head Bonner Schumannfest
Ulrich Bumann, Deputy Head Bonner Schumannfest
You can download the full program here .
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If available remaining tickets, will be given one hour before the start of the concert at box office of the venue.
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dem Rat der Bundesstadt Bonn // Beethovenfest Bonn // Klavierhaus Klavins // Bechtle GmbH & Co.KG // Stadtbibliothek Bonn // Lions Club Bonn – Clara und Robert Schumann // Knauber // Kulturamt der Bundesstadt Bonn // StadtMuseum der Bundesstadt Bonn // Opernfreunde Bonn // DCM // Yehudi Menuhin Live music now Köln e.V. // Clara-Schumann-Gymnasium // Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium // Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn // thornconcept // Rust Kaupert Kollegen GmbH Wirtscha sprüfungsgesellscha // Hartmut Bartz // Klavierbaumeister Ulrich Busch // Blumen Komp // Rex- eater Filmkunstbühne // eater im Ballsaal // Jacques‘ Wein-Depot Bonn // Kreuzberg Bonn e.V. // Kulticus // Jazz in Concert Bonn // Print & More Bonn // Giuseppe und Rosario Granatella (Granatella Eis) // Bundesauswahl Konzerte junger Künstler des Deutschen Musikrats // Europa Cantat // eatergemeinde Bonn // dimap – das Institut für Markt- und Politikforschung GmbH // Dieter Schmitz, Hotel Villa Esplanade // Förderverein Stimson Memorial Chapel e.V. // Tim Glander (Stadtarchiv Bonn) // Deutsche Welle // Gipfelgold Werbeagentur GmbH
In 1998 the “Endeicher Herbst” took place for the first time on the initiative of Andreas Etienne and Markus Schuck. Since then the festival has steadily grown in the meantime renamed “Bonner Schumannfest”.
On this page you will find all ever performing artists and the program booklets of the last few years to get a brief overview of the development history.