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DW Festival Concerts

For a cross-section of the world's most exciting classical music artists and a mix of repertory from old favorites to new discoveries, visit the German festival season.  If you can't do that, Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts are your one-stop solution.  Electrifying performances in "made in Germany" recording quality, introduced by host Rick Fulker and the artists themselves.

In the second thirteen concerts of the season, we take a few steps down the Rhine from Deutsche Welle's headquarters in Bonn to the city's Beethovenfest, the signature event in the fall focusing not only on Beethoven. The theme of this most recent festival was "Metamorphoses - Changes - Transformations," exploring the transformative power of music itself.

Top German orchestras like the NDR Symphony and the Bamberg Symphony resonate in the Beethoven Hall, alternating with superb orchestras from abroad, including Poland's Sinfonia Varsovia, Russia's Ural Symphony to Great Britain's Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and London Symphony Orchestra. Rudolf Buchbinder, Julia Fischer and Boris Berezovsky are among the soloists. Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the "Barefoot Violinist," stands out in a double role, as soloist in Beethoven's Violin Concerto and jamming with family members in the music of her Moldavian homeland. And the legendary Borodin Quartet continues its three-year exploration of the complete Beethoven string quartets paired with those of Russian composers: this year, Shostakovich.

For the first time ever, Deutsche Welle takes you to the Art Festival in Weimar for the "All Artists" gala that was given to say farewell to its artistic director for the past ten years, Nike Wagner. The great-great granddaughter of composer Richard Wagner said farewell to Weimar before moving on to Bonn to head the Beethovenfest as of next year. Nike's send-off, a five-hour marathon (condensed to two hours here) reads like a Who's Who of classical musicians, including Caroline and Jörg Widmann and Andras Schiff.

This time Germany's cult festival, Early Music Days in Herne, gives a cross-section of the exciting things that are happening in the early music scene in Eastern Europe - whereas, "Tensions" serves up edgy and energized chamber music sounding very big, even symphonic, in the Power Plant in Heimbach.

Hitzacker is another chamber music festival that can be counted on to present works you might not hear anywhere else, but wonder why. And in the city once called "Paris of the East," the Enescu Festival is more than restoring the musical reputation of the Romanian capital, Bucharest.

All programs are produced to a uniform length of 1 hour, 58 minutes.

Stations are allowed one (1) broadcast of this series within the broadcast window as specified in the music listings.

For more information about this free 26-week, 2-hour series, please contact Tony Macaluso at (773) 279-2112, email: or Estlin Usher at (773) 279-2112, e-mail:

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