[This text has been translated electronically] After the last year was marked by standstill, the opening concert with the conductor Oksana Lyniv is a real sigh of relief. Although we are not allowed to receive an audience in May either, we are very happy about the digitally held »Fest Spiel Ouvertüre« whose program captures the current situation and our cultural vacuum. About the silence, which is part of that standstill, John Cage's »4'33''« opens a reflection on the silence that is part of that standstill. especially at this time. The landscape idyll of Ludwig van Beethoven's symphony »Pastorale« is shattered by the striking mirror image of the present, which the photographer and environmental activist J Henry Fair expresses with the film »Das Lied von der Erde for the 21st Century«. Finally the immense beauty of the world resounds in Gustav Mahler's »Das Lied von der Erde« (The Song of the Earth) and is both a consolation and a downer at the same time.
The »Fest Spiel Ouvertüre« is Oksana Lyniv's debut at the Ludwigsburg Festival. In this premiere with the mezzo-soprano Anna Larsson and the tenor Christian Elsner as soloists, she explores the balance the balance between man and nature - a substantial theme that could not be more fitting as a prelude to a »Festival of the Arts, Democracy and sustainability«.