LEONARD BERNSTEIN Ouverture to »Candide«, »Symphonic Dances« from »West Side Story«

GEORGE GERSHWIN »An American in Paris. Tone Poem for Orchestra«

GEORGES BIZET Excerpts from the »Carmen«-Suites

ASTOR PIAZZOLLA »Libertango«, »Oblivion«

MANUEL DE FALLA »Danza ritual del fuego« from »El amor brujo«

ALBERTO GINASTERA Four dances from »Estancia«, op. 8

Orchestra of the Ludwigsburg Festival

Ryan McAdams Musical direction

The popular open air at the Seeschloss Monrepos closes the 2023 festival season with incomparably rhythmic music. As a sensational highlight, the pyro spectacle puts the crown on the rousing sounds and performs its dances in the sky and on the castle façade in a similar way to the pieces on stage. For this season's »Monrepos Open Air« is above all dance.

Dance will have many faces on 22 July. In the first concert section with the orchestra of the Goethe-Gymnasium, it is Czech folk dances that have been processed in Antonín Dvořák's Suite. This is followed by longing and melancholy, which find expression in Astor Piazzolla's modern tango. We hear the City of Love from the perspective of George Gershwin, who described his interweaving of jazz and impressionism as free ballet poetry. Leonard Bernstein's lively overture to »Candide« also sets the mood for the spirited characters of »West Side Story«, which sweep musically across the stage a little later. George Bizet's setting of the femme fatale Carmen entices us with delightful melodies before fiery dances by Manuel de Falla and Alberto Ginastera completely hypnotise us. 

This (South) American-influenced programme is led by the American conductor Ryan McAdams. Together with the Festival Orchestra, he conjures up a season finale with rhythm, dance and fire from tango, ballet, symphonic dances and ritual fire dances.

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