FESTIVAL 2019
30ST OF MAY – 2ND OF JUNE / 31ST OF JULY 2019
WOMEN COMPOSERS

SUN, 19TH OF MAY 2019, OPEN AIR PREVIEW
VOLKS/LIED/KUNST

THUR, 30ST OF MAY 2019, 20h, ZEUGHAUS KULTUR BRIG
AGORÁ – KUNSTLIED MEETS POETRY SLAM

FRI, 31TH OF MAY 2019, 19h30, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
ELEGIE. ODER: VOM MENSCHSEIN.
Liedrezital mit Rachel HARNISCH & Jan Philip SCHULZE

SAT, 1ST OF JUNE 2019, 11h, MEDIATHEK BRIG
CLARA SCHUMANN & CO (LESUNG)

SAT, 1ST OF JUNE 2019, 15h, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
PAAR DE DEUX (KINDERKONZERT)

SAT, 1ST OF JUNE 2019, 19h30, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
KOMPONISTINNEN: ZIERDE ODER MEISTERIN? Liedrezital mit Franziska HEINZEN & Benjamin MEAD

SUN, 2ND OF JUNE 2019, 11h, KINO CAPITOL BRIG
KOMPONISTINNEN (DOKUMENTARFILM)

SUN, 2ND OF JUNE 2019, 15h30, SIMPLONPASS
DER HIRT AUF DEM SIMPLON

WED, 31ST OF JULY 2019, 19h30, RITTERSAAL BRIG
SWISS COMPOSERS/POETS. Helvetic recital.

“Songs building bridges. The RHONEFESTIVAL 2019 ranges from poetry slam, lectures, cinema and jodeling to recitals – an unconventional programme which enchanted.”

Nathalie BENELLI / Walliser BOTE, June 2019

#OPENAIR PREVIEW VOLKS/LIED/KUNST

SUN, 19TH OF MAY 2019, PREVIEW: The second edition was opened by open air concerts at the shore of the river RHONE with Julie Catherine EGGLI, Loredana CATALANO, Franziska HEINZEN & Benjamin Mead at the CAFÉ HÄNGEBRIGGA MÜHLEBACH, at the shore in Niedergampel in cooperation with KULTUR NIEDERGAMPEL as well as in the station of Brig.

#LIEDINNOVATION

THU, 30TH OF MAY 2019, ZEUGHAUS KULTUR, BRIG: The second RHONEFESTIVAL was opened by the audience engaged concert format AGORÁ – KUNSTLIED MEETS POETRY SLAM, in which the ART OF SONG met poetry slam in an entertaining competition with public voting.

With Loredana CATALANO & Diogo MENDES, voice; Kilian ZIEGLER & Phibi REICHLING, poetry slam; Fee BREMBECK, presenter & concept; Marlene HEIß, piano & concept.

#CARTEBLANCHE

FRI, 31TH OF MAY 2018, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: International renowned Swiss soprano Rachel HARNISCH and German pianist Jan Philip SCHULZE gave a breathtaking recital from the beginning of art song with Franz SCHUBERT, concluding with George CRUMBS Apparition.

#FOCUS WOMEN COMPOSERS

WEEKEND OF THE 1ST & 2ND OF JUNE 2019, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: The main focus was led on women composers celebrating the 200th birthday of Clara SCHUMANN in 2019: The lecture with actress Barbara TERPOORTEN in cooperation with MEDIATHEK WALLIS BRIG revealed details about Alma MAHLER, Fanny MENDELSSOHN, and Clara SCHUMANN; the documentary KOMPONISTINNEN was shown in the cinema CAPITOL in Brig and the recital ZIERDE ODER MEISTERIN by Franziska HEINZEN and Benjamin MEAD included nearly 20 composers from the romantic period until the contemporary song was recorded by Swiss radio station SRF2 Kultur. Listen to the recital in HERE.

#OPENAIR SCHUBERT’S SHEPHERD IN MIDST THE SWISS MOUNTAINS

SUN, 2ND OF JUNE, 2019, SIMPLON: The festival closed with at open-air concert on 2000 meters above sealevel in the middle of the Swiss mountains, combining SCHUBERTS Shepherd on the rocks with Swiss Folk tunes, both inspired by nature and the longing for love and release.

#SWISSNESS HELVETIC RECITAL WITH SWISS POETS / COMPOSERS

WED, 31TH OF JULY 2019, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: The new summer concert on the eve of the Swiss National day discovers and promotes Swiss Poets and Composers. This year’s concert is dedicated to Swiss Poet Gottfried KELLER – famous through his novel A VILLAGE CALLED ROMEA AND JULIET –, who is celebrating his 200th birthday. Among others, the 12 poems of his cycle OLD TALES were performed in music by Hugo WOLF, Hans SOMMER, Hans PFITZNER, and Felix WEINGARTNER.

Download of the programme 2019 © RHONEFESTIVAL

FESTIVAL 2018
5TH – 10TH OF MAY 2018
RAINER MARIA RILKE

SAT, 5TH OF MAY 2018, 19h30, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
ALLNÄCHTLICH. Recital with Äneas HUMM & Hartmut HÖLL

SUN, 6TH OF JUNE 2018, 14h, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
CHILDRENS CONCERT with Manuel POLLINGER, Meta ČERV & A+O Tanz

TUE, 8TH OF MAY 2018, 19h30, MEDIATHEK WALLIS BRIG
Lecture about RILKE with Brigitte DUVILLARD

WED, 9TH OF MAY 2018, 19h30, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG
TRAUMGEKRÖNT – HOMMAGE À RILKE.
Recital with Franziska HEINZEN & Benjamin MEAD

TUE & WED, 8TH & 9TH OF MAY 2018
open air concerts

“The RHONEFESTIVAL has presented a performance line up, which must have successors.”

Alois GRICHTING / Walliser BOTE, June 2019

#CARTEBLANCHE

SAT, 5TH OF MAY 2018, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: The festival was opened by the young Swiss baritone Äneas HUMM and the internationally renowned pianist Hartmut HÖLL with a deep romantic program by SCHUMANN, WOLF, and GRIEG.

#CHILDRENSCONCERT

SUN, 6TH OF JUNE 2018, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: The Swiss Bass bariton Manuel POLLINGER presented a song concert for children, together with the pianist Meta CERV and young dancers from Tanz A+O, who illustrated the dances of ghosts and elves.

#FOCUS RAINER MARIA RILKE

TUE & WED, 8TH & 9TH OF MAY 2018, CASTLE OF STOCKALPER, BRIG: Soprano Franziska HEINZEN and pianist Benjamin MEAD dedicated their recital to the world-renowned poet Rainer Maria RILKE, who is buried not far from Brig. The concert was recorded and broadcast by the Swiss Radio Station SRF 2 KULTUR, and rebroadcast by BBC RADIO 3. You can still listen to the live recording via this LINK or read the review of the concert HERE.

The day before, Brigitte DUVILLARD, the director of the RILKE foundation in Sierre, read letters from the last 5 years RILKE has spend in the Valais.

#OPENAIR

THUR, 10TH of MAY, 2018, OPEN AIR: The festival ended at the river RHONE with short open-air concerts in Mühlebach, Obergesteln, and Gampel. Below you can watch a short documentary about this adventure.

PDF-Download PROGRAMME 2018

A SHORT DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE OPEN AIR CONCERTS AT CANAL9

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH THE FOUNDER FRANZISKA HEINZEN

POSTTRAILER 2018