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Audi Summer Concerts 2014 – 2016: “Vorsprung Festival” with Kent Nagano

Conductor Kent Nagano will be leading the “Vorsprung Festival” as part of the Audi Summer Concerts. In its first year, the new series comprises five concerts.

The “Vorsprung Festival” will focus on the Audi Youth Choir Academy, which currently consists of around 90 young people. Its two concerts with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Nagano (July 10 and 13, Festival Hall of Ingolstadt City Theater) deal with the extremes of human existence. Antonín Dvořák’s Requiem and the Resurrection Symphony by Gustav Mahler forms a bridge between life and death in both a liturgical sense and in symphonic terms.

The “festival within a festival” also provides a platform for renowned musicians such as pianist Rudolf Buchbinder (16 July), tenor Ian Bostridge (11 July) and the ChorWerk Ruhr ensemble (12 July). Following the evening of Lieder by Ian Bostridge, the members of the Youth Choir Academy will have an opportunity to chat with the singer as well as with Kent Nagano. This – along with the performance by the young award-winning cellist Raphaela Gromes in the same concert as Rudolf Buchbinder – reflects Nagano’s desire that the “Vorsprung Festival” should provide a platform for talented young people to meet internationally renowned artists.