Open-air concerts will be held for the first time at the festival. The stunning background for the concerts is the inner courtyard of the Ettal Monastery, which also hosts the Bavarian regional exhibition "Myth of Bavaria" in 2018. On Friday, Leoš Janáček's "Sinfonietta" and Richard Strauss' masterpiece "Eine Alpensinfonie" will be performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of the Italian conductor Antonello Manacorda. The programme and the extraordinary atmosphere of the concert promise a very special experience. If you like, you also can enjoy the music while having a typical Bavarian picnic on the meadow in the inner courtyard.
In case of bad weather open air concerts will be transferred from the inner courtyard of the Ettal Abbey to the Alpspitzhalle at the Olympic Ice Sports Centre, Am Eisstadion 1, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Hotline for weather information on the day of the event: +49.(0)8821.910 5 999
Antonello ManacordaAntonello Manacorda is currently Artistic Director of Kammerakademie Potsdam, a position he has held since 2010, and Principal Conductor of Het Gelders Orkest in The Netherlands since 2011. A prolific opera and symphonic conductor, Manacorda has worked with many of the leading ensembles and opera houses. The 2016-17 season saw his acclaimed debuts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Camerata Salzburg and the SWR Sinfonieorchester, plus titles at the Bayerische Staatsoper, Frankfurt Opera, La Monnaie and the Komische Oper.
Manacorda recently completed a celebrated Schubert Symphony cycle for Sony Classical with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, which was met with high praise, including one being listed in Die Welt’s top ten CDs of 2013 and the recordings were awarded an ECHO Klassik in 2015 for Ensemble/Orchestra of the year. He has also recorded a CD of Mahler’s 4th Symphony with Het Gelders Orkest and soprano Lisa Larsson, which was released in November 2014 by Challenge Records. His current recording project for Sony Classical is a Mendelssohn symphony cycle with the Kammerakademie Potsdam, with the first two releases already achieving much praise from the international press. The 2015-16 season included debuts at the Theater an der Wien conducting Rossini’s Otello with the Wiener Symphoniker and in August 2016 he conducted Berlioz’ Béatrice et Benedict with the London Philharmonic Orchestra for his Glyndebourne Festival debut. He will return to the Theater an der Wien during the 17-18 season to conduct Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and will make his subscription debut with the Wiener Symphoniker. Other highlights of the current season include a return to La Monnaie and Frankfurt Opera and his debut with the Dresden Philharmonic. Manacorda has also conducted the Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Gothenburg Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, Teatro la Fenice, Swedish Chamber Orchestra and conducted the Mozarteumorchester in a performance of Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella in Salzburg as part of the Mozartwoche. In February 2014 he conducted a Beethoven Cycle over four consecutive days in Potsdam with Kammerakademie Potsdam, and is also a regular guest every year at the Concertgebouw with Het Gelders Orkest. He also has a long-standing relationship with Teatro La Fenice, and the director Damiano Michieletto, and returned to La Fenice in November 2015 to conduct The Magic Flute. A founder-member of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra Antonello Manacorda was its vice-president and concertmaster for eight years. A scholarship from De Sono in his home town of Turin allowed him to pursue his goal of becoming a conductor by enabling him to study with Jorma Panula for two years in Helsinki. From 2003-06 he was Artistic Director for chamber music at the Académie Européenne de Musique du Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Brno PhilharmonicThe roots of the Brno Philharmonic go back to the 1870s, when the young Leoš Janáček endeavoured to establish a Czech symphony orchestra in Brno. The works of the famous twentieth-century composer constitute the core of the orchestra’s repertory, and to this day the Brno Philharmonic continues to be considered the authentic performer of his oeuvre. The present orchestra was created in 1956 by merging the Brnobased Radio and Regional orchestras, and since then has been among the leading Czech orchestras in terms of both size and importance. On its tours abroad, it has performed about a thousand concerts throughout Europe, the United States of America, Latin America, and both the Middle and Far East. The Philharmonic is a regular guest at festivals in the Czech Republic and abroad, frequently joining forces for these appearances with the excellent Czech Philharmonic Choir Brno. The orchestra regularly records for the Czech Radio, Czech Television and a number of music labels (Supraphon, Sony Music, IMG Records, BMG, Channel 4), and is also receiving a growing number of commissions from global clientele through the agency Czech Orchestra Recordings.
Throughout its history, the orchestra has had a number of Czech and international conductors, including Břetislav Bakala, František Jílek, Petr Altrichter, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jakub Hrůša, Tomáš Netopil, Charles Munch, Kurt Masur, Sir Charles Mackerras, Yehudi Menuhin and Aleksandar Marković. The orchestra offers about hundred concerts a year in 12 subscription series, collaborating with specialised ensembles for its non-orchestral series. The face of each season is the resident artist (previously Olga Kern, Vadim Gluzman, Radek Baborák, Fazil Say, Benjamin Yusupov and Alina Pogostkina), with British cellist Matthew Barley serving the role in the 61st season. Since 2000 the Philharmonic has been organising the open-air summer festival at the Špilberk castle in Brno, and in 2012 has become the organiser of the renowned traditional festivals Moravian Autumn, Easter Festival of Sacred Music and Exposition of New Music. The orchestra sponsors the internationally lauded children’s choir Kantiléna, has been involved since 2010 in the popular educational project Mozart’s Children, and in 2014 founded the Brno Philharmonic Academy. Today Brno Philharmonic is not only a strong player in the field of symphonic music at home and abroad, but also the primary organiser of the musical season in the second largest Czech city, an active instigator of festivals and a creative leader in orchestral programming. Its home is the beautiful building of Besední dům, the Brno counterpart to Vienna’s Musikverein, built in 1873 according to a design by Theophil Hansen, though the orchestra is now looking forward to its new modern concert hall.