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Schleswig-Holstein Festival marks 30th ann. focusing on Andras Schiff / Deutsche Welle

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The Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival marks its 30th anniversary. After the downbeat on July 2, Germany's largest-scale classical music festival stages 178 concerts until August 28. Points of focus include the composer Joseph Haydn and the pianist András Schiff. Ten concerts are dedicated to Schiff - or rather, the 62-year-old Austrian-British pianist of Hungarian heritage has set them up himself. "We tell the artists, 'Do what you want," explained Kuhnt. Schiff can be heard solo, in tandem with artists he chose himself and even with the Salzburg Puppet theater.

The stars will also line up for the festival. Among the prominent artists on this year's program are Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich, German clarinetist Sabine Meyer and British violinists Nigel Kennedy and Daniel Hope. Renowned orchestras like the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from London are also on the playbill. Portuguese fado, Irish folk, chansons, music for winds and electronic beats accentuate the program of mostly classical music, 178 concerts in total, for which 172,000 tickets are available.

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