Gstaad New Year Music Festival

Mon, 23. Dec. 2019

The Gstaad New Year Music Festival presents a variety of genres and introduces several young, upcoming artists. All the performers are aware of the special ambience of the festival and they are happy to share in its warm and familial atmosphere.

Among the artists joining the 14th edition are exceptional opera singers: Lisette Oropesa, the new star of opera, who will be heard on every major stage; bass-baritone Edwin Crossley Mercer; and the rising star Alexandros Stavrakakis. They are sure to win everyone’s heart. The faithful friend of the festival Béatrice Villiger will return to St Josef Kirche on the Gstaad Promenade for the traditional New Year’s Eve concert, the Stabat Mater of Pergolesi, performing together with Corinne Page.

A special treat will be the performance of the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan, aged 12. Despite her young age, she is already performing in the most prestigious concert halls worldwide. It is a true privilege to listen to her in such an intimate place as the St Niklaus Kapelle in Gstaad.

And last but not least, The Gstaad New Year Music Festival will be the first to celebrate Beethoven this year in Switzerland. It will begin with transcriptions of his work courtesy of Joachim Horsley, the US composer and arranger whose Beethoven in Havana has attracted millions of views on YouTube. He will be joined on stage with the sensational violinist Charlie Siem.

The festival ends on Monday, 6 January 2020 with the soloists of the Menuhin Academy performing Beethoven’s Eroica symphony – a transcription written especially for them.

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As I am writing this the noise from the icefield and tennis area should be entering my office.

At this time of year, the beach volleyball tournament should be in full swing. People in flip-flops and with flags to cheer on their team should be milling about in the Promenade.