Young Euro Classic takes place this summer for the 20th time – and the focus of this anniversary festival edition is the most important symphonic composer in music history: Ludwig van Beethoven, whose 250th birthday takes place next year. Young Euro Classic 2019 will feature a complete cycle of the genius’ symphonies, in addition to piano concerti, chamber music and his great Choral Fantasy. This project documents the impressive ambition and healthy self-confidence of today’s leading youth orchestras.
Some of them are making their Young Euro Classic debuts: orchestras from Chile, the Dominican Republic and Tatarstan as well as the Israeli-Palestinian Galilee Chamber Orchestra appear for the first time at the festival. The National Youth Orchestra of the USA, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano with Dame Sarah Connolly as the mezzo-soprano soloist, is another festival debutante and also performs its rousing finale. Christoph Eschenbach leads a new bi-national project, the Young Euro Classic Festival Orchestra Greece-Germany.
Of course, long-term audience favourites return, including the National Youth Orchestra of Germany, the National Youth Ballet of Germany and “Classic meets Jazz” – and the European Union Youth Orchestra is in residence for an entire weekend, making a high-carat contribution to the Beethoven Project with a performance of the Ninth Symphony on August 4, 2019.
A multitude of world and German premieres, great symphonic classics by Mahler, Prokofiev and Shostakovich, plus surprises and rarities from the participating orchestras’ homelands form an attractive contrast with the world of Beethoven’s classicism.