MoZuluArt feat. Ambassade String Quartet

Friday, August 30, 2024, 8 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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The ensemble has always approached Mozart's music with great care. The melodic lines of the Austrian master are enriched with elements of the singing tradition from southern Africa, the characteristic male vocal harmonies, and the typical clicking sounds of the Ndebele and Xhosa languages. The group's repertoire also includes compositions by Miriam Makeba, Solomon Linda, as well as Mbube and Gospel traditionals, which MoZuluArt interprets within a European context.
After three acclaimed concerts at the Salzburg Mozart Week 2024 earlier this year, the musicians of MoZuluArt are excited for their debut at the Dolomites Festival. "Music has always managed to bring people of different backgrounds closer together" (Vusa Mkhaya).
Performers: Vusa Mkhaya, Vocals / Ramadu, Vocal, Percussion / Blessings Nkomo, Vocals/ Roland Guggenbichler, Piano / Cristian Nenescu, Violin / Gabriel Karger, Violin / Michael Buchman, Viola / Hannah Pichler, Cello

  • Masiyeni W. A. Mozart, Fantasie D minor KV 397
  • Zunghikhumbule W. A. Mozart, Sonata A major KV 331
  • Uthando W. A. Mozart, Piano Sonata D major KV 311 1
  • Qula Traditional
  • Bheka Kimi W. A. Mozart, Rondo D major KV 485
  • Nomalanga Antonio Salieri, Piano Concerto C major
  • Inzima L`endlela Traditional
  • Emakhaya Blessings Nkomo & Roland Guggenbichler
  • Laduma Vusa Mkhaya
  • Hard Times Joseph Haydn, Minuet F major Hob. IX:8
  • Thula sizwe Traditional
  • Phakathi W. A. Mozart, The Magic Flute, Aria "In these holy halls"

Trio Meran-Teheran

Andrea Götsch, Clarinet
Jakob Mitterer, Cello
Nika Afazel, Piano
Saturday, August 31, 2024, 8 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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The program includes two undisputed masterpieces for this ensemble: the clarinet trios by Beethoven and Brahms. Almost a hundred years separate the creation of the lively trio by the young Ludwig van Beethoven ("Gassenhauer Trio," 1797) and the weighty Trio op. 114 by the already 57-year-old Brahms, who discovered his love for the clarinet later in life. Both works are committed to "classical" formal principles, but are so different in their composition and effect. While Beethoven's trio is a "throw," where virtuoso playfulness is prominent, Brahms' mature work displays compositional depth and interconnectedness in all conceivable facets.
Robert Muczynski, the son of Polish and Slovak immigrants, can rightfully be considered one of the most significant neoclassical composers in post-war America. His work references classical form language, is influenced by Bartók, Bernstein, and Barber, and also incorporates harmonies and rhythms from jazz.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio op. 11 in B flat major
  • Robert Muczynski: Trio op. 26
  • Johannes Brahms: Trio op. 114 in A minor


Ensembles of the Mahler Academy Orchestra
Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Conductor

Tuesday, September 3, 2024, 8 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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As a sister concert and in preparation for the world premiere of Gustav Mahler's 5th Symphony on original instruments (see concert on September 8, 2024), the Mahler Academy Orchestra presents a brilliantly cast program that conjures up the music and spirit of the Viennese turn of the century:
The legendary Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the pioneers of the original sound movement, conducts the students of the Gustav Mahler Academy playing gut strings in Mahler's orchestration of Schubert's "Death and the Maiden". "To tell of death in order to postpone it", was as much a concern for Schubert as for Mahler, and here a circle opens up that will be grandiosely closed with the 5th Symphony.

  • George Enescu: Octet for Strings in C major, Op. 7 (1900)  I. Très modéré                            
  • Hans Pfitzner: String Quartet in C♯ minor, Op. 35 (1904)  /  II. Very fast                            
  • Anton Webern: Five Movements for String Quartet, Op. (1909)  /  I. Violent, II. Very slow, III. Very agitated, IV. Very slow,   V. In delicate motion
  • Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op. 115 (1891)  I. Allegro
  • Franz Schubert / Gustav Mahler: String Quartet in D minor, D. 810
  • Death and the Maiden, Version for String Orchestra (1894)  I. Allegro, II. Andante con moto, III. Scherzo. Allegro molto – Trio, IV. Presto

The original sound project of the Mahler Academy Orchestra is a co-production between the Busoni-Mahler Foundation of Bolzano and the Euregio Cultural Center Gustav Mahler Dobbiaco and the Dolomites Festival.


Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester (GMJO)

Ingo Metzmacher, Conductor
Sunday, September 5, 2024, 6 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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Founded in Vienna by Claudio Abbado in 1986/87, the Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester is considered the world's leading youth orchestra and operates under the patronage of the Council of Europe. Members are selected through annual auditions in over 25 cities across Europe from a pool of over 2500 applicants. Its high artistic level has attracted significant musicians to work with the GMJO, including conductors from Claudio Abbado to Franz Welser-Möst and soloists from Martha Argerich to Frank Peter Zimmermann. The orchestra has performed at concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Salzburg Festival, Elbphilharmonie, Concertgebouw, and Teatro alla Scala. On its 25th anniversary, the GMJO was named ambassador for UNICEF Austria.
Whether as an opera conductor, orchestra leader, festival director, or author, Ingo Metzmacher consistently champions the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. His passion lies in making new music audible and reinterpreting familiar works in a new way.

  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture Coriolan op. 62
  • Arnold Schoenberg: Five Orchestral Pieces op. 16
  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture Leonore No. 3 op. 72
  • Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 8 in C minor op. 65


Mahler Academy Orchestra
Leif Ove Andsnes,
Philipp von Steinaecker, Conductor
Sunday, September 8, 2024, 6 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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The Busoni-Mahler Foundation in Bozen, in cooperation with the Toblach Cultural Centre, has established a unique Mahler original sound project: they bring together 50 outstanding professionals from Europe's top ensembles with 50 young musicians and play on the historical instruments of the Vienna Philharmonic from 1900. After more than 100 years, Mahler's 5th Symphony will be heard for the first time in Toblach in its reconstructed orchestral sound.
In another premiere, Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes will perform Rachmaninov's third piano concerto on a historical Steinway. This instrument was chosen by Rachmaninov for his legendary New York performance of the concerto in 1910. The conductor was Gustav Mahler.

  • Sergei Rachmaninow: Klavierkonzert Nr. 3, op. 30 in D minor
  • Gustav Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 5 in C sharp minor

The original sound project of the Mahler Academy Orchestra is a co-production between the Busoni-Mahler Foundation of Bolzano and the Euregio Cultural Center Gustav Mahler Dobbiaco and the Dolomites Festival.


Francesco Loccisano & Marcello De Carolis
chitarra battente

in combination with delicacies from the "Trattoria calabrese"
Saturday, September 14, 2024, 6 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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The two guitarists, Francesco Loccisano and Marcello De Carolis, came together through their shared fascination for the chitarra battente, a traditional southern Italian instrument with baroque roots. The Chitarra Battente, usually translated as "strumming guitar," primarily evolved as an accompanying instrument, providing the rhythm for communal dances such as Tarantella and Pizzica. The duo "Loccisano-De Carolis" (Calabria-Basilicata) was selected to present their project "venti" at WOMEX - Worldwide Music Expo 2023, a very significant event for world music. A success that has brought the two Italian artists into the international spotlight.             

Männerchor Brummnet

Clara Sattler, Choir Conductor
In combination with South Tyrolean Cuisine
Sunday, September 15, 2024, 6 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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The special name of this special men's choir deserves to be briefly explained. "Brummnet" in the South Tyrolean dialect means "Why not?" and was the dialectal response of the director Clara Sattler to a request for a performance "Could you not sing for us?". However, "Brumm net" also means "don't hum" and reads like a message to the men in the choir to sing properly, that is, melodiously. With a bit of imagination, further interpretations could easily be found.
During its 20-year journey, the choir community under the influential leadership of Clara Sattler and Johann van der Sandt has developed into a jewel within the South Tyrolean choral landscape and beyond, with a wide repertoire. This is less due to extreme perfection or cold flawlessness, but rather to an extremely noble blend of beauty of sound and charm.
The vocal ensemble took its very first steps with "natural" folk songs, not in a concert hall but where folk music is at home and naturally unfolds: in the tavern, during cozy gatherings, family celebrations, or musician meetings. In the elegant ambiance of the Cultural Center Toblach, exactly that is on the musical menu.

  • The German World-Famous Folk songs in South Tyrol                                                                               


Haydnorchester von Bozen und Trient
Anna Patalong, Sopran

Malachy Frame, Bariton
Finnegan Downie Dear, Conductor
Isabella Gellis: Valedictions
Xiaogang Ye: The Song of the Earth

Tuesday, September 17, 2024, 8 pm
Gustav Mahler Hall
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To come to the track of their soul nature in the sounds of nature: this is what drove the poets of the Tang Dynasty, whose texts inspired G. Mahler to his "Song of the Earth". He only knew them from translations of other languages. The Chinese composer Xiaogang Ye now went back to their source and wrote his "Song of the Earth", with a lot of Chinese percussion and a unique sensitivity for Chinese poetry.
The British composer Isabella Gellis also pays homage to nature with her own composition: her short piece revolves around the rustling of leaves in ancient treetops playing with raindrops.

A collaboration between Dolomites Festival and Transart Festival.