Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival
From: Saturday, July 14 2007, 9:00 am
to: Sunday, September 2 2007, 6:00 pm
One of the largest music festivals in the world - taking place over seven weeks in over 50 venues across Northern Germany, with no fewer than 130 events - the Schleswig-Holstein Festival has become a major festival player each summer. It was co-founded in 1986 by the indefatigable composer, communicator and teacher Leonard Bernstein, who inaugurated the enterprise, appropriately, by conducting Haydn's Creation.
The focus of the 2007 festival is on Hungary, spanning the country's entire musical spectrum with focuses on greats like András Schiff, Márta Sebestyén, Roby Lakatos and Miklós Perényi. The programme also features concerts by Lang Lang, Bobby McFerrin, Renée Fleming, James Levine and Christoph von Dohnányi .
Traditionally, the youth and the orchestral academy (the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival Orchestra) gives a number of concerts throughout the festival under cellist and conductor Heinrich Schiff and guest conductors. Then there are myriad chamber, instrumental, jazz and choral concerts, major concerts by visiting orchestras and artists, open-air concerts and masterclasses.