Ute Gfrerer
Artist-in-Residence 2012
© Fort Point Studio

Nils Landgren
Artist-in-Residence 2009
© Steven Haberland

James Holmes
Artist-in-Residence 2013
© Privat

Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
© Claudia Heysel

Programme 2017


Saturday, 4 March 2017

6.00 p.m., Gala concert in the
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

Gala concert
25 Years of the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau

Vocals:Ute Gfrerer, Angelina Ruzzafante,
Markus Francke, David Ameln, Ulf Paulsen
Trombone: Nils Landgren
Guitar: Christian Kögel
Moderation: Andrea Thilo
Ensemble Modern
Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra Dessau

It's a real success story! 25 years ago the Kurt Weill Festival was launched with eleven events over four days, attracting 1,400 visitors. Over the intervening period the Festival has developed into a prominent attraction in Germany's calendar of music festivals. Last year the Kurt Weill Festival drew 18,500 visitors to 60 events spread over 17 days. The original motivation for the Festival came from representatives of the Kurt Weill Foundation for Music in New York, who, more than 25 years ago, persuaded Dessau's city council to honour Kurt Weill with a continually evolving musical memorial in the form of a dedicated festival. Now is certainly the right time to celebrate this event with a major gala. During the evening, guests will revisit the dramatic life story of Kurt Weill, following the composer from Berlin's Ku'damm to the Champs-Élysées in Paris and then on to Broadway. Many former artists-in-residence are taking part in this star-studded concert. Audiences will of course be familiar with such festival regulars as Ute Gfrerer, Nils Landgren, James Holmes, Ensemble Modern and the Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra. A brilliant concert for the great Kurt Weill, a composer whose unique body of work increasingly enjoys the recognition it deserves.

9.00 p.m., Jubilee event in the
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

The Birthday Party
25 Years of the Kurt Weill Festival Dessau

On parquet floors you can't grow grass! After the star-studded gala concert you can enjoy a glittering party with music, pleasant chitchat, fine wines from the Saale-Unstrut region as well as a finger-food buffet in the Anhaltisches Theater.

Mr. Pirl and his team at the Ringhotel zum Stein will take care of the physical well-being of the birthday partie.

  regular reduced
Cat. 1 sold out
Cat. 2 46 € 41 €
Cat. 3 37 € 32 €
Cat. 4 29 € 24 €
U27-Ticket 9 €
Jubilee event 29 €
incl. fine wines from the Saale-Unstrut region and finger-food buffet


+49(0)341 - 14 990 900

© Roßdeutscher & Bartel GbR, Leipzig, 2017