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Echternach International Festival 2016

The abbey will be echoing to the sounds of jazz and classical music

Festival international EchternachEchternach International Festival 2016, a festival of classical music and jazz with an international reputation, will be held from 19 May to 15 July 2016. Benedikt Fahr will be in charge of the classical music and Gast Waltzing in charge of the jazz; each year the festival attracts internationally famous performers to the small medieval town on the banks of the Sûre.

A major musical event!

Although Echternach is small in terms of size, it is a major cultural centre in the Grand Duchy. The town has two places with an exceptional acoustic - the Trifolion and the basilica of the former abbey - that seem to be predestined to serve as venues for all kinds of concerts: the festival programme ranges from Baroque music through classical music to jazz.

Echternach International Festival will be starting on Thursday, 19 May 2016 with a concert of chamber music by the cellist and artist in residence Daniel Müller-Schott; accompanied by Baiba Skride (violin) and Lauma Skride (piano), he will be playing pieces by Haydn, Dvorak and Brahms.

There will also be a number of jazz stars, including the Lionel Loueke Trio, Candy Dulfer & Band, and 'Eleventh House' Reunited, plus classical music choirs and ensembles, and brass bands.

Top names in the world of music

The festival, held since 1975, hosts major established artistes (in recent years, music legends of the likes of Benny Goodman, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Montserrat Caballé, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer and Alfred Brendel have played at the festival), as well as promising newcomers and winners of national and international competitions.

Echternach International Festival has an excellent reputation outside the Grand Duchy as well, and each year it attracts audiences from all over the Greater Region.

The concerts are held in exceptional places, including the St Willibrord basilica, the medieval church of St Peter and St Paull, the Trifolion contemporary cultural centre, and the grounds of the former abbey of Echternach.

The dates, times and venues of the concerts are posted on the festival's website. Also note that shuttle services from Luxembourg City and the German city of Trier take the hassle out of getting to the concerts.

(Article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)

  • Updated 19-05-2016