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Saarbrücker Sommermusik

Saarbrücker Sommermusik is series of free, high-level concerts combining communication of art with a folk festival flavour.

The festival

Saarquartett. Foto: Thomas Jauk

Those interested in music can look forward to a wide variety of concerts between July and December including chamber music and jazz in addition to the widest array of small musical theatre productions.

Admission to all concerts is free of charge. Through the festival, the State capital wishes to offer as many citizens as possible, both men and women, the possibility of attending the concerts. The Sommermusik venues are scattered across the entire city area and have different characteristics matching the respective performances. 

The series of concerts is intended to bring people face to face with music which they are maybe not yet familiar with and arouse curiosity for the unknown. Many concerts are held as open-air events. 

Sommermusik 2016: “I will go to foreign lands”

The motto of the 2016 festival “I will go to foreign lands” originates from the poem “Lebewohl” by the poet and natural scientist Adelbert von Chamisso (1771-1838). Chamisso, the music of the early romantic period, particularly the work of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy – and the subject of “homesickness” were the centre point of the festival.   

Music lovers enjoyed more than 40 concerts including chamber music, jazz and contemporary music. In addition, there were small musical theatre performances and two expeditions into nature and into an urban environment respectively. In keeping with tradition, the Sommermusik was followed by a small epilogue in November, which was extended to six concert dates in 2016.