A taste of Fantasia

The Audi Summer Concerts kick off with a mix of Philharmonie Salzburg and Disney.

Walt Disney’s Fantasia was brought to life at the opening of the 30th Audi Summer Concerts with Philharmonie Salzburg playing to a packed house.

1 July, 2019

For 30 years, the Audi Summer Concerts have thrilled audiences with world class performances

It’s one of the cultural highlights of the year and a tremendous drawcard for Ingolstadt and its surrounds. The Audi Summer Concerts got underway for the 30th time over the weekend, with the Philharmonie Salzburg conducted by Elisabeth Fuchs, providing the live musical accompaniment to Walt Disney’s classic Fantasia. Also performing on the opening weekend, one of the world’s finest orchestras, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Daniel Harding returned to the Ingolstadt concert hall for the first time in nearly a decade. 

It was a hugely successful opening weekend for the celebrated concert series under the guidance of newly appointed artistic director, internationally renowned violinist Lisa Batiashvili, who was thrilled with the response to the two very different opening items.

“Classical music can tell stories that appeal to everyone. It is not remote or outdated – it is timeless,” Batiashvili said of the opening.

Elisabeth Fuchs conducts the Philharmonie Salzburg at the Audi Summer Concerts opening.
Violinist and Audi Summer Concerts creative director, Lisa Batiashvili.

Over the course of the next two weeks, a number of renowned artists will take to stages throughout Ingolstadt, including Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (Bremen German Chamber Orchestra), Gautier Capuçon, Gidon Kremer, Les Vents Français and Alfred Brendel with the Quatuor Hermès.

Under its motto, Fantastique, audiences can look forward to a diverse program that ranges from chamber music in the museum to concerts with talks, discussions with artists, open-air concerts and large-scale symphonic concert evenings. 

The Audi Jugendchorakademie (Youth Choir Academy) and the orchestra Le Cercle de l’Harmonie, conducted by Jérémie Rhorer, will perform the concert oratorio Paradise and the Peri by Robert Schumann. The choir will sing once again at the Audi Classics Open Air in the Klenzepark on 14 July, when François-Xavier Roth and his orchestra Les Siècles will conclude the festival with Hector Berlioz‘Symphonie Fantastique. 

For anyone travelling to Munich in the next two weeks, the Audi Summer Concerts series is an event not to be missed, and is well worth the short run north to Ingolstadt. Detailed event guide and ticketing information can be accessed here.

Under its motto, Fantastique, audiences can look forward to a diverse program over the next two weeks

The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Daniel Harding conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
The Audi Jugendchorakademie (Youth Choir Academy), will perform over the course of the Audi Summer Concerts.