Dear Festival Audience,
‘Lithuania, my fatherland! How healthy you are! Who has never lost you, has never known you!’. The Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz, whom Lithuanians call Adomas Mickevičius, opens his epic ‘Pan Tadeusz’ with this phrase. Isn’t it a strange coincidence that at the Usedom Music Festival we put Lithuania in the center, after we all had to worry about our health? ‘Who has never lost you, has never known you!’ – thoughtfully, but with confidence, we want to set off into a new normality of festival life. Your overwhelming support last year gives us courage to do so. In Lithuania, Lithuanians have lived together with Poles, Germans, Jews and Belarusians since time immemorial. We will evoke this history with films by Volker Koepp and a reading by Corinna Harfouch.
The folk songs of Lithuania are a Unesco World Heritage Site; they live on in top young artists like accordionist Martynas Levickis and pianist Lukas Geniušas. Cellist and conductor David Geringas is both a Lithuanian cultural patriot and a citizen of the world. He will celebrate the music of his country on Usedom, between forest and sea, castle and seaside resort, as well as the Gewandhaus organist Michael Schönheit and the new Lithuanian world star of the opera stage: Aušrine Stundytė. The NDR Elbphilharmonic Orchestra and our Baltic Sea Philharmonic will also come to Peenemünde again. You are invited to be part of it!
Your team of the Usedom Music Festival