Manfred Honeck is to take over the musical direction of the Berliner Philharmoniker at the Easter Festival Baden-Baden on 20 March 2016. Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who was originally scheduled to conduct, has had to cancel his appearance due to illness. In Manfred Honeck, music director of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, “the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Festspielhaus have succeeded in engaging an ideal candidate for this evening,” said Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, general manager and artistic director of the Festspielhaus and the Festspiele Baden-Baden.
Manfred Honeck is still fondly remembered by audiences in South Germany as music director of the Staatsoper Stuttgart (2007–2011). In 2013, he made his successful debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, followed by a joint CD recording with Anne-Sophie Mutter with works by Antonín Dvořák which received an Echo Klassik award in 2014. The programme of the concert at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden remains unchanged. The first part of the concert includes Johannes Brahms’s Tragic Overture and the Cello Concerto in A minor by Robert Schumann with Yo-Yo Ma as the soloist. After the interval, the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, the “Pathétique”.
Tickets for the concert are available by phone at +49 7221 / 3013101 or at the website of the festival.
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