Events in and around Schwetzingen
Winter in Schwetzingen
The Heidelberg Theatre and Orchestra Baroque Festival
06.11.2021 — 05.02.2022
In winter 2021|22, the 15th edition of the Baroque Festival Winter will take place in Schwetzingen. A reason to celebrate! 15 years full of exciting encounters with unknown opera rarities of the Baroque.
Year after year, the opera world looks forward to what the Theater und Orchester Heidelberg presents in the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen, when a forgotten work is awakened from its Sleeping Beauty slumber after several hundred years and can be experienced for the first time by today’s opera lovers — year after year a unique experience that has retained its permanent place in the German cultural landscape. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) On several occasions, plays have been praised by the specialist press as “rediscovery of the year” and reports have been made worldwide about the rarities performed again in the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen. In addition to the central work, which forms the centre of each festival edition in a new production, top-class concerts provide the setting and guarantee first-class listening pleasure in the premises of the electoral summer residence, which has demonstrably already been graced by famous guests such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Christoph Willibald Gluck and Friedrich Schiller.
The birth of the festival in 2006 coincided with the closure of the Heidelberg Theatre, which was no longer playable due to considerable structural deficiencies. Here a virtue was made of necessity and the Rococo Theatre in Schwetzingen acted as an alternative venue to provide a temporary domicile for Heidelberg’s theatre professionals. Under the artistic direction of the then opera director Bernd Feuchtner with artistic director Peter Spuhler, the potential of this magical place was discovered, initially to thrill audiences annually with performances of various operatic works from the pen of Antonio Vivaldi. With the artistic directorship of Holger Schultze and artistic director Heribert Germeshausen, the cyclical rediscovery of various Neapolitan opera works succeeded after 2011. With the artistic leadership of the directorial team Ulrike Schumann and Thomas Böckstiegel, Winter in Schwetzingen is dedicated to rediscovering the works of German Baroque composers — beginning with the celebrated performance of Georg Caspar Schürmann’s masterpiece “Die getreue Alceste” in 2019.
The 8th Whisky Spring makes its way back to Schwetzingen Castle.
For the 8th time, Schwetzingen Castle will be the whisky mecca in the Rhine-Neckar triangle in the wonderful ambience of the baroque palace. This time the fair will be held as 2G (Vaccinated, Convalescent) or 2G+ (Vaccinated, Convalescent PLUS Rapid Test). We will keep you informed about developments & changes (see page “Covid-19”). The ticket shop opens approx. on 15 November 2021…
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Be there again when more than 1,200 different bottlings will be on offer at our exhibitors’ stands (paid drams in 1cl and 2cl). Renowned importers, independent bottlers & traders from the region will be represented again.
Detailed information is available at Whisky Spring
03.03. — 20:00 Uhr
Detailed information is available at After the acclaimed première concert last year, John McLaughlin starts his European tour this year from the Wollfabrik in Schwetzingen. A sign of how comfortable John McLaughlin feels here. The Briton is the great jazz virtuoso of the guitar and is one of the few Europeans who were able to give decisive impulses to the development of jazz in the USA. He became famous with Miles Davis’ band, played with Paco de Lucia and Aldi Meola and, as co-founder of one of the most important fusion bands ever, “The Mahavishnu Orchestra”, triggered a musical earthquake with the debut album “The Inner Mounting Flame” in 1971. Rolling Stone magazine has long since listed him among the 50 or 100 best guitarists. In 2018 he was awarded a Grammy.
His band “The 4th Dimension” is the result of years of collaboration with various musicians from different cultures and musical traditions. The music of this group uniquely integrates all these cultural influences while retaining the spontaneity of jazz.
28.04. — 20:00 Uhr
One bass, four strings — that’s all Stanley Clarke needs to send his audience into ecstasy. The multiple Grammy award-winning legend has been writing music history for decades. As one of the most important jazz musicians, he stands for much of what has made jazz-rock famous in the last 45 years: the emancipation of bass playing, virtuosity also on the electric bass, the fusion of pop and jazz, Latin music and jazz, and the parallelism of double bass and electric bass.
On 28 April 2022, the thoroughbred musician and his band will be coming to Schwetzingen for the second time. After his brilliant concert in 2019, the Grammy Award winner won’t miss the opportunity to visit the Wool Factory again. Born in Philadelphia in 1951, Stanley Clarke moved to New York City at the tender age of twenty. Here he worked with numerous jazz greats and shaped an entire era with the band “Return to Forever”… On bass, the creative mastermind combines an inimitable slap technique with incredible virtuosity. Whether on electric, double or piccolo bass — when Clarke gets going, it gets wild and funky.
His creativity has been recognised and awarded with gold and platinum records, Grammy Awards, Emmy nominations and a BMT Award. He was also Rolling Stone’s first Jazzman of the Year and a ten-time consecutive Playboy Music Awards winner as a bassist. Clarke was honoured with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is a member of Guitar Player Magazine’s “Gallery of Greats.” In 2004, he was named one of the 50 most influential people by Los Angeles Magazine. In 2011 Stanley Clarke received the Miles Davis Award at the Montréal Jazz Festival.
Even after all these years, he has lost none of his stage presence and energy. He still knows how to make the crowd roar and the stage shake. Together with his band, he slaps and grooves his way through the programme and delivers a show that is second to none. There are things that you simply have to experience live. The concerts of Stanley Clarke and his band are definitely one of them!
SWR Festspiele “Arkadien”
The programme of the Schwetzingen SWR Festival 2022 will be published on Thursday, 25 November, and advance ticket sales will begin on 6 December.
Musik im Park
Konzerte im Schlossgarten
28.07. Toto “40 Trips around the sun”
30.07. Sarah Connor “Herz Kraft Werke”
04.08. Max Giesinger “Irgendwann ist jetzt”
05.08. Kool & The Gang
06.08. Wincent Weiss “Vielleicht irgendwann”
18. Classic-Gala Schwetzingen — Internat. Concours d‘Elegance
NIEDECKEN liest & singt BOB DYLAN
18.10. — 20:00 Uhr
There is certainly no other German musician who is as close to Bob Dylan as Wolfgang Niedecken. For decades, he has been shaping German-language rock music with his band BAP and as a solo musician, repeatedly engaging with the work of Bob Dylan:
In 2017, Niedecken set out on a journey in the footsteps of Bob Dylan on behalf of the TV channel ARTE. He criss-crossed the USA, where he spoke with many former companions, photographers, journalists and musicians who could provide competent information about “Bob Dylan’s America” (the working title). His book is about this journey. He writes about cross-connections to his own biography and the points of contact with the history of his band BAP, which has now existed for 45 years. Above all, he talks about the great influence Bob Dylan has had and continues to have on his own work as a songwriter. From his road movie-like book, written in a conversational tone, Niedecken reads selected passages and plays the songs in question. It will be interesting to see whether the respective stories end up with a Dylan or a BAP song. Sometimes he changes in the middle of the song, from English to Cologne, because there are his own cover versions of many songs. Songs like “Songs sinn Dräume”, inspired by a sentence in Dylan’s autobiography “Chronicles”, are also on the set list: “Songs are like dreams you try to make come true. They are like foreign lands that you travel to.” On magical winter evenings, Wolfgang Niedecken is accompanied by his long-time friend, the pianist, arranger and big band conductor Mike Herting. The events take place in selected locations and in compliance with corona regulations.
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