AUS Leidenschaft

March 2024

Starting in 2024, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will take over the Artistic Direction of the renowned Musikwoche Hitzacker for five years. Titled Aus Leidenschaft (Out of Passion), the festival’s 38th edition will take place between March 1st and 10th, 2024.

Aus Leidenschaft reflects the MCO’s own passion for music and their wish to engage in an active dialogue with audiences and the festival itself. Ten intensive days of music, participatory activities, and discussions will give festival-goers the opportunity to experience the MCO and their invited guests in different formats. Violinist Alina Ibragimova, who has previously worked with the MCO, will accompany the Orchestra in different roles at a number of concerts and events.

The democratic spirit that has informed the MCO since its foundation in 1997, has also influenced the way the Orchestra has designed its artistic direction in Hitzacker. Each year, an “Artistic Representative” will be elected from within the Orchestra, to develop the guiding principles and respective festival programme in close collaboration with the MCO musicians and staff.  In 2024, cellist and co-founder of the MCO Stefan Faludi has taken on this role: “Our Orchestra is excited to present itself in all its diversity on the occasion of this year’s festival marked by the motto ‘Out of Passion!’”

Under Stefan’s guidance, classical concert formats will alternate with panel discussions on topics that are central to the MCO’s past and future. This includes exploring the use of Virtual Reality in music and how the MCO often performs without a conductor. Also to be found in the programme are musical events for children, as well as on-stage encounters, and a concert for the time of Lent with works by Johann Sebastian Bach – after all, there is no passion without suffering, no “Leidenschaft” without “Leiden”.

At the closing event after ten passionate days, musicians of the MCO will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Alban Berg and Clara Schumann, both in large and small formats – but always in the spirit of chamber music on which the MCO has built its reputation.

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CONCERTS THIS TOUR

01 March 2024 Hitzacker

Friday 19:30 / VERDO

IM ANFANG SCHALLT DAS BLECH  - PROLOG: G. FINZI/ C. GESUALDO / J.-PH. RAMEAU / F. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY / S. RACHMANINOFF

Brass Septet of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

02 March 2024 Hitzacker

Saturday 12:15 / VERDO

MCO CLOSE-UP: BE A PART OF THE MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

  • Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

02 March 2024 Hitzacker

Saturday 17:00 / VERDO

ERÖFFNUNGSKONZERT - STURM UND DRANG: W.A. MOZART / J. HAYDN

Alina Ibragimova violin / Cédric Tiberghien piano / Matthew Truscott concertmaster & leader / Béatrice Muthelet viola / Frank-Michael Guthmann violoncello / Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

03 March 2024 Hitzacker

Sunday 11:00 / St. Johannis-Kirche

CARTE BLANCHE: PARIS - MOSCOW DURING THE FIN DE SIÈCLE - KAMMERKONZERT

Hildegard Niebuhr violin/ Moritz Weigert violoncello/ Asen Tanchev piano

03 March 2024 Hitzacker

Sunday 17:00 / VERDO

ZWISCHEN WELTEN UND  KRIEGEN: C. DEBUSSY / E. CHAUSSON / J. BRAHMS

Alina Ibragimova violin/ Cédric Tiberghien piano / Musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

04 March 2024 Hitzacker

Monday 11:00 / St. Johannis-Kirche

LEITEN UND LEITEN LASSEN - CONCERT AND DISCUSSION: Who leads whom when there is no conductor? 

Alina Ibragimova violin / Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

04 March 2024 Hitzacker

Monday 19:30 / St. Johannis-Kirche

STURM UND STRENGE - KAMMERKONZERT: R. SCHUMANN / A. WEBERN / A. PÄRT

Alina Ibragimova violin / Cédric Tiberghien piano

Concert selected through MCO's artistic direction of Musikwoche Hitzacker 

06 March 2024 Hitzacker

Wednesday 11:00 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

THE SOUND OF LISTENING: CONCERT & DISCUSSION

Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

06 March 2024 Hitzacker

Wednesday 19:30 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

CELLI CON CARNE - DAS ETWAS ANDERE KAMMERKONZERT:  A. VIVALDI/ F. MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY/ G. GERSHWIN/ COMEDIAN HARMONISTS & OTHERS 

Mahler Cello Quartet (MCQ)

07 March 2024 Hitzacker

Thursday 11:00 / VERDO

CHILDREN'S CONCERT: Klassik rockt Kinder

Carrington-Brown Music & Comedy / Suli Puschban Children's songwriter / Nigel Shore Piano / Michael Weilacher Percussion / Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

07 March 2024 Hitzacker

Thursday 14:00 / Café Dierks

INSTALLATION: MOZART STRING QUINTET IN VR 

See, hear, feel and live the 'Allegro' from W.A. Mozarts String Quintet in g minor, KV 516 in this Virtual Reality Installation

07 March 2024 Hitzacker

Thursday 19:30 / AULA FREIE SCHULE HITZACKER

TRAUMHAFTE BEGEGNUNG - CHAMBER CONCERT

Young professionals and Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra 

07 March 2024 Hitzacker

Thursday 21:30 / KULTURBAHNHOF HITZACKER

NEULAND - LATE-NIGHT KONZERT

Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and young professionals

08 March 2024 Hitzacker

Friday 11:00 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

NOCH EINMAL BITTE! HARFENKLANG - CONCERT & DISCUSSION: C. DEBUSSY/ M. TOURNIER

Gaël Gandino harp / Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra  


08 March 2024 Hitzacker

Friday 14:00 / Café Dierks

INSTALLATION: MOZART STRING QUINTET IN VR 

See, hear, feel and live the 'Allegro' from W.A. Mozarts String Quintet in g minor, KV 516 in this Virtual Reality Installation

08 March 2024 Hitzacker

Friday 19:30 / VERDO

  •  71 SAITEN - KAMMERKONZERT: W.A.MOZART/ A. ROUSSEL/ C. DEBUSSY

Gaël Gandino harp/ Musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra


09 March 2024 Hitzacker

Saturday 11:00 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

  • ZWISCHEN REALITÄTEN - ZUKUNFTSKONZERT

Musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra  

09 March 2024 Hitzacker

Saturday 13:00 / Café Dierks

INSTALLATION: MOZART STRING QUINTET IN VR 

See, hear, feel and live the 'Allegro' from W.A. Mozarts String Quintet in g minor, KV 516 in this Virtual Reality Installation

09 March 2024 Hitzacker

Saturday 17:00 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

  • PASSIONSZEIT  - KANTATENKONZERT: J.S. BACH/ W.A. MOZART

Benedikt Kristjánsson tenor / Johanna Ihrig soprano / Elina Albach harpsichord / Tobias Knaus alto / Felix Schwandtke bass / Musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra

10 March 2024 Hitzacker

Sunday 11:00 / ST. JOHANNISKIRCHE

  • LEIDEN UND LEIDENSCHAFT - KAMMERKONZERT - J.S.BACH: JOHANNESPASSION

Elina Albach harpsichord & organ / Benedikt Kristjánsson tenor / Philipp Lamprecht percussion

Concert selected through MCO's artistic direction of Musikwoche Hitzacker 

10 March 2024 Hitzacker

Sunday 13:00 / Foyer VERDO

INSTALLATION: MOZART STRING QUINTET IN VR 

See, hear, feel and live the 'Allegro' from W.A. Mozarts String Quintet in g minor, KV 516 in this Virtual Reality Installation

10 March 2024 Hitzacker

Sunday 17:00 / VERDO

  • IDYLL - ABSCHLUSSKONZERT: C. SCHUMANN / A. BERG / R. WAGNER / L.v. BEETHOVEN 

Musicians from the Mahler Chamber Orchestra