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From 3 to 19 September 2010, the 6th Zermatt Festival under the new direction of Giovanna Panese will present a series of first-class concerts in Europe’s highest-altitude concert venues at up to 2222 metres above sea level. The complete programme is now available to download or in print version from the information desk of Zermatt Tourism.

This year’s programme sparkles with the engaging presence of Swiss artists as well as compositions. The prelude will be given by the Basel Chamber Orchestra, as soloist the internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova, who lives in Switzerland.
On 4 September, a concert will be given by 22-year old pianist Joseph Moog, already the holder of many awards. Piano music is again on the programme on Sunday when French pianist Michel Dalberto performs works by Liszt, Debussy and Schumann in the Riffelalp Chapel. The second festival weekend will begin with a rarely performed vocal work “Le vin herbé” by composer Frank Martin from western Switzerland. The Scharoun Ensemble, the chamber music ensemble of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and a loyal guest at the Zermatt Festival for the past six years, has been inspired by this work and successfully set it to music. “Le vin herbé” will contrast with Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried-Idyll” – both pieces are based on the Celtic legend of “Tristan and Isolde”.
On Saturday 11 September, it will be “curtain up” on the world stage for the Oberwalliser Vokalensemble (Upper Valais Vocal Ensemble), which joins with the Scharoun Ensemble, the Vocalconsort Berlin and four soloists to perform Mozart’s “Coronation Mass”. Sunday on Riffelalp is dedicated to the oboe with the Scharoun Ensemble and oboist Jonathan Kelly performing works by Mozart and composer in residence, Heinz Holliger. On the last festival weekend, the same formation complemented by the Zermatt Festival Orchestra will unite the triumvirate of composer, conductor and oboist – Heinz Holliger. Works will include Franz Schubert’s “Tragic Symphony” played in concert with the Scharoun Ensemble. On Saturday, pieces by Dvorak and Mendelssohn Bartholdy’s “Italian Symphony” are on the programme.

The festival closes on Sunday 19 September with a performance in the Riffelalp Chapel by the Zermatt Festival Academy. The highly talented students will have spent two weeks rehearsing with the musicians of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and now take the stage. The number of scholarship holders has risen to 30 and represent 15 nations. Over 100 applications were submitted. The free chamber music concerts by these extremely gifted young people are a rewarding experience. They will be given during the week at the English Church, the Parkhotel Beau Site and the Zermatterhof respectively, starting at 20.00h.

A new series of pre-concert events will take place in the Zermatterhof on Friday and Saturday, with musicians and musicologists talking about the fascinating backgrounds to the listed pieces. Admission is free.

Tried & tested
The ECAV, The Valais Academy of Arts, is again taking part in the festival with discovery workshops on “Worlds of Sound” for children aged 7-12. The workshops will be held from 9 – 17 h on Saturday, 18 September and participation is free. Registration is required.

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