Friday 2.8

11:11 a.m. VERDO Concert Hall, Admission free
Eleven past Eleven

Everyman’s Choir – Public Concert

Every morning during the festival, Everyman’s Choir enjoys its rehearsals, and today the results will be informally presented to an audience. The festival choir, composed of visitors and locals, along with an instrumental ensemble, will be working on Felix Mendelssohn's "Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser…", among other works. And with any luck an ambitious small vocal ensemble will have formed again, making music with our popular choir director Alexander Lüken. Since the church in Hitzacker is being renovated, the venue of this performance is still “to be announced”.


3:03 p.m. VERDO Concert Hall
Drei nach Drei

Debut 6 Leonkoro Quartet

Jonathan Schwarz – violin
Amelie Wallner – violin
Mayu Konoe – viola
Lukas Schwarz – cello

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Caroline Shaw (*1982): Entr’acte
Leoš Janáček (1854–1928): Streichquartett Nr. 1 „Kreutzersonate“
Ludwig v. Beethoven (1770–1828): Streichquartett op. 59 Nr. 1

In a short time, the Leonkoro Quartet, founded in 2019 in Berlin, has established itself as a leading ensemble. Its debut CD was awarded the Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik (German Record Critics' Award) in spring 2023. The jury praised the four musicians, all in their mid-twenties, for their "sensitivity to detail and dramaturgy" and their "intelligence and curiosity for unspoken messages and hidden forms." In Hitzacker, they will tell tales by Janáček and Tolstoy, play the "patchwork of a madman" (as Beethoven's contemporaries called his Op. 59 No.1), and kick off their program with music by American composer Caroline Shaw, who roams the territory of all genres, as reflected in Entr'acte.


SUPPER at the VERDO Restaurant, Mediterranean buffet 5 – 7 p.m.

By reservation only, telephone 05862-9412 56 or E-mail


Entr‘acte in the VERDO Gardens, Admission free:

Flash 6: 4 Hands – conversation with Danae and Kiveli Dörken and

live music by the young members of the „Wendland Music of the Future” Club.


7:07 p.m. VERDO Concert Hall
Seven past Seven

Piano duo Danae & Kiveli Dörken

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Franz Schubert (1797–1828): Fantasie f-Moll
Reinhold Glière (1875–1956): 12 Morceaux op. 48, Nr. 7 “Arabesque” und Nr. 10“Fughetta”
Albert Roussel (1869–1937): Bacchus et Ariane Suite Nr. 1, daraus “Dance of Bacchus” (arrangiert v. Wolfgang Renz)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847): Lied ohne Worte op. 38 Nr. 6 “Duetto”, Lied ohne Worte op. 67 Nr. 2 (arrangiert von C. Czerny für 4 Hände)
Manuel de Falla (1876–1946): Dos Danzas
Igor Strawinsky (1882–1971): Le Sacre du Printemps (arrangiert für vier Hände)

Four hands, four eyes, four ears: In the spirit of the festival’s subtly recurring theme of "Four," a piano duo is a good choice. Here are two sisters, each an extraordinary and spirited pianist in her own right, together an inseparable unit with identical German-Greek musical DNA. For the pianist sisters Danae and Kiveli Dörken, it's all about order and impulsiveness, in life as in music. Sometimes like Apollo, sometimes like Dionysus, they navigate through their program, sometimes letting reason prevail and sometimes the heart. Incentive enough to look for works that address exactly this: like Roussel in his Bacchus and Ariane Suite, like Stravinsky in his Rite of Spring and De Falla in his passionate dances, and Gliere, Schubert, and Mendelssohn in their dreamily beautiful yet well-ordered melodies.

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