The “Altenburg Academy of Music (AMA)” kicked off with a celebratory concert marking the 75th birthday of international singer Robert Hall at the Abbey Library. “Schubertiade with Robert Holl and Friends” was an unusual opening, reflecting a special and diverse program.
The 2022 AMA is one of the best musical performances of its kind and brings together participants from all over the world. Father Thomas Rayner emphasized the cultural summer and hospitality at Altenburg Abbey. State Representative Franz Linsborough praised the organizing team around Robert Lehrbaumer “for the cultural spectacle and that you can experience live music in this first-class format.” Andrea Linspur and Robert Leerbaumer opened the concert evening with a lively Schumann Anniversary Parade. After that, only works by Franz Schubert were on the program. Jan Petrica, Margit Fossey, Anya Mittermüller, Lucas Sternnath and technical director Leerbaumer played in the first part of the evening.
Next highlight: Piano concert on July 14
After the break, bassists Martina Schaeffer and Heinz Wallish delighted the audience with their guitar and ukulele quartet version in G major D96 for flute, viola and guitar. The revelers eagerly awaited the appearance of Lehrbaumer with the Hungarian melody D 817 and the Kammersänger Robert Holl, who achieved international fame as one of the most important interpreters of Schubert but also as an interpreter of Wagner. Audiences discovered Hole through their own favorite musical repertoire, the songs of Franz Schubert. He was accompanied by pianists Margit Fossey, Andrea Linspur and Lerbaumer, who hailed Hall’s voice as “the voice of God”.
The opening ceremony will be followed by other highlights of the two-week AMA gala, such as a piano play on July 14 where American pianist Min Kwon will perform variations of the popular American song “America the Beautiful” at the library of the abbey. After many other musical events in Altenburg and Horn Abbey, the finale will be an amazing orchestral concert on July 24 at 11:15 a.m. in the Abbey Library. Young international soloists perform famous solo concerts of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven for piano, violin, cello and orchestra with the Vienna International Orchestra conducted by Robert Leerbaumer.
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