Although Echternach is small in terms of size, it is a major cultural centre in the Grand Duchy. The town has two places with an exceptional acoustic - the Trifolion and the basilica of the former abbey - that seem to be predestined to serve as venues for all kinds of concerts: the festival programme ranges from Baroque music through classical music to jazz.
On 9 June, the International Festival Echternach 2017, a festival of classical music and jazz of international renown, begins. Benedikt Fohr is in charge of the classical music and Gast Waltzing in charge of jazz; each year the festival attracts internationally famous performers to the small medieval town on the banks of the Sûre. And the success proves the organisers right: each and every year, the concerts are fully booked.
The festival ends on 14 July.
A major musical event!
To give you a taste, the Echternach International Festival begins on Friday, 9 June 2017 with a chamber music concert by violinist and artist-in-residence Daniel Hope, accompanied by Simon Crawford-Philips (piano) performing works by Brahms, Schumann , Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Joachim and Grieg in the Trifolion.
Jazz stars such as the Carmen Souza Quartet / Nomfusi & Band, the Nils Landgren Funk Unit and the National Jazz Orchestra under the lead of Gast Waltzing are added.
Ticket sales are open every day (except public holidays) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the phone number (+352) 26 72 39-500 or on www.luxembourg-ticket.lu.
Top names in the world of music
The festival, held since 1975, hosts major established artistes (in recent years, music legends of the likes of Benny Goodman, Yehudi Menuhin, Mstislav Rostropovich, Montserrat Caballé, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Gidon Kremer and Alfred Brendel have played at the festival), as well as promising newcomers and winners of national and international competitions.
Echternach International Festival has an excellent reputation outside the Grand Duchy as well, and each year it attracts audiences from all over the Greater Region.
The concerts are held in exceptional places, including the St Willibrord basilica, the medieval church of St Peter and St Paull, the Trifolion contemporary cultural centre, and the grounds of the former abbey of Echternach.
The dates, times and venues of the concerts are posted on the festival's website. Also note that shuttle services from Luxembourg City and the German city of Trier take the hassle out of getting to the concerts.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)