in David’s words…
A midday flight the day after the third Schwetzingen concert took us to the former east German city of Dresden for the Dresden Music Festival.
An intensely busy festival with multiple concerts each day, it has existed for thirty years and is now directed by the young and charismatic cellist Jan Vogler, who, like me, lives in New York, plays lots of concerts, runs festivals and is married to a Chinese woman (perhaps that’s how he manages as well!)
We played in an extraordinary venue – a bombed-out palace in the middle of a vast park just outside the city. Known as the Palais im Grossen Garten, it is the first Baroque building in Saxony and one of the earliest on German soil. Almost completely destroyed by bombing in 1945, the upstairs is now used for concerts and other events.
A packed audience, which walked great distances from all directions to reach the palace through the park, was wildly enthusiastic. After the concert we dined with Jan Vogler as he kept a director’s eye on an orchestra concert taking place at the headquarters of one of the festival’s major sponsors, Volkswagen, in the lobby of the company’s spectacular headquarters known as the Gläserne Manufaktur or Transparent Factory. It is the place where Volkswagen’s luxury car, the Phaeton, is literally built by hand. After the concert, the audience is invited to dine and dance into the night.