Marianne Mendt and the MM Band will again give two days of guest performances at the Festspielhaus and introduce up-and-coming talent, present stars of jazz and make swing the Box and the Main Hall.
A cooperation of MM Jazzfestival and Festspielhaus St. Pölten
After its brilliant start last season, the festival of choirs and voices has become an indispensable part of the Festspielhaus’s repertoire. With the Vienna Boys’ Choir, the Chorus Sine Nomine, the Finnish shouting choir Huutajat and the Wiener Singakademie, internationally renowned choirs will make a guest appearance at St Pölten and present a varied programme from Renaissance madrigal to Cherubini’s Requiem to world music. The Flying Pickets, masters of a cappella singing, will invite the audience to an excursion into the world of pop music. With Franz Schubert’s cycle “Die schöne Müllerin” Hans Jörg Mammel and Arthur Schoonderwoerd will stage one of the most beautiful works of the German kunstlied or art song. The audience will experience vocal music at the highest level covering all facets!
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For five days, keyboard instruments of all kinds, played by artists from all over the world, will again set the tone at the Festspielhaus. The extensive repertoire will range from classical music to jazz, from the accordion to the fortepiano and the grand piano to the toy piano, from Austria to South Africa and Israel to Italy. Star pianist Hélène Grimaud together with cellist Clemens Hagen will play works from Brahms to Shostakovich, Kristian Bezuidenhoud will present an exquisite Mozart programme and the duos Tamar Halperin and Michael Wollny, Gianluigi Trovesi and Gianni Coscia as well as Isabel Ettenauer and Otto Lechner will offer an extraordinary programme in the fields of jazz, avant-garde and world music.
Exquisite staging, exotic scenography, atmospheric light and music of the highest quality – all this combined accounts for the very special flair of Nox Illuminata. Ann Allen brings the festival to St Pölten for the third time and with her international guests conjures up a pre Christmas celebration at the Festspielhaus for all the senses, magically bringing together musical epochs from Medieval times up to the present day and different genres and styles. Bossa nova-Baroque, medieval rock’n roll and Bach grooves will be on the programme this year.
For the third time in a row, the popular and renowned Österreich TANZT dance festival will be shaped by the two curators Manfred Aichinger and Nikolaus Selimov. However, this much can be revealed – there will be premieres, many surprises and – apart from proven formats – a lot of innovations in this season too, which is entirely dedicated to the aspect of remembering. Selimov and Aichinger are known for their expanded notion of dance and an intensive encounter with the audience – whether by means of sophisticated educational programmes for young and old, amateurs and professionals, or through their numerous artistic interventions in public space. On four festival days, participants as well as visitors will be offered a programme rich in contrast with workshops, further education offers and performances.
A detailed festival programme will be published in spring 2012.
Marianne Mendt once again presents talented youngsters and professionals at the Jazzfestival, which this year celebrates Joe Zawinul, who would have turned 80 this year.
Creative Direction Marianne Mendt
A cooperation of MM Jazzfestival and Festspielhaus St. Pölten.
The Keyboard Music Festival once again investigates the inexhaustible variations offered by keyboard instruments, incorporating instruments from the toy piano to the grand and events ranging from solo performances to piano concertos with orchestral backing. As all good things come in threes, there are three trios among the keyboard artists: the Trio Wanderer and the Chick Corea Trio are two of the top ensembles in the fields of classical music and jazz, while Isabel Ettenauer, the circus artist Jérôme Thomas and the accordion legend Guy Klucevsek explore the boundaries of sound, circus and poetry. Two of the leading concert pianists of the day, Leif Ove Andsnes and Gabriela Montero, will also be appearing. For five days the Festspielhaus will become the meeting place for all keyboard music enthusiasts, offering late-night concerts in the Café Publik and a wide range of keyboard-based surprises in the foyer.
30% discount on admission to all festival events EUR 125
Music, dance and song, opulent set design, atmospheric lighting and artistic visuals, historical and contemporary costumes, international musicians with old and new instruments, experiences from the Middle Ages and modern times, renaissance, baroque, romanticism and jazz, funk and rock – all these periods and styles meet at the Nox Illuminata, creating a wonderful world of aural and rhythmic diversity which is simultaneously contemplative, celebratory, extravagant and boisterous. Ann Allen and her guests breathe new life into Christmas music from the Middle Ages, bring together folk songs from England and southern Europe with the Volkslieder of Johannes Brahms and use music from across the ages to facilitate dance. A pre-Christmas festival for all the senses.
30% discount on admission to all festival events EUR 45
All the facets of the art of singing combine to form an exemplary aural experience of many voices at the Festival Polifonica. The St. Pölten Cathedral Choir and the Ad Libitum Choir are established institutions in the region and frequent guests of the Festspielhaus. They are joined by the legendary Bulgarian Voices, the 50 plus choir and the powerful yet unconventional group Stimmgewitter Augustin. Alegre Corrêa, Edson Cordeiro and Gianmaria Testa, three exceptional singers who thrill audiences all over the world with their incomparable voices, also take part. Once again, several surprises can be expected as part of the unusual support programme which will take place in the Café Publik.
30% discount on admission to all festival events EUR 104
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KIJUBU, the Young People’s Book Festival, takes place at various locations throughout the cultural district, transforming them into colourful and entertaining reading stations for young and old. Games, readings, films, workshops and a performance in the Festspielhaus encourage people to find greater enjoyment in reading. Grayson Millwood, this season’s Artist in Residence and the celebrated star of "Edgar", has created a special dance production which will premiere during the festival: "The Freckles". After the performances children will have the opportunity to create their own "Freckles" picture book. You can book performances at www.kijubu.at from spring 2013 on.
Tue 12 until Fri 15 at 10 h and Fri 15 ans Sun 17 March at 18 h 2013, Box