How can Emperor Maximilian’s influence as a patron of the arts and music be shown at different locations throughout Tirol? In late June 2019, this Music Theater Festival is dedicated to shed a light on the rule of the intriguing Habsburg sovereign.
He successfully stylized himself as the embodiment of the medieval ideal. He aimed at reviving medieval traditions in a new guise. He was open to modern methods of administration and technical innovations in warfare. He ranged far and wide. He was constantly on the move. He was a soldier, an avid hunter, a would-be Pope, a knight and an Emperor. In fact, he was so many things that some claim this ruler seems to have had more than one life. But above all things, Maximilian I was a lover and patron of the arts, especially music. That’s why this Music Theater Festival is titled “The Seven Lives of Maximilian”. The series of events is dedicated to shed a light on the rule of the Habsburg sovereign within the Maximilian Year 2019, which commemorates the 500th Anniversary Year of Emperor Maximilian’s death.
What makes this music festival special is that it will be held at seven different locations across Tirol, places that are tied to the most important stations in the life of the emperor. These are the seven lives of Maximilian. For each station, commissions were issued that will be staged in collaboration with local artists. During the realization, the focus is on the collaboration of experts and lay artists. The series is kicked-off in Lienz in East Tirol and draws to a close in Tirol’s capital Innsbruck.
Dates and Venues:
Thursday, June 20, 2019, Lienz, East Tirol: “Musicabanda Franui”, virtuoso overtone singer Christian Zehnder and puppet player Nikolaus Habjan take to the stage in Lienz with local guests, tracing the court music of Emperor Maximilian I. Learn More.
Friday, June 21, 2019, Stams: Artistic Director Eleni Efthymiou will revive Maximilian in a funny variety, blurring the edges between performers and spectators and between past and present. Learn More.
Saturday, June 22, 2019, Schwaz: The social impacts of silver mining under the reign of Maximilian are choreographed into a parade of marching bands, dancers, choirs and theater groups. Learn More.
Sunday, June 23, 2019, Hall: Marching bands will stroll through the alleys and lanes of the medieval old town district to meet on the square in front of St. Nikolaus Church. Topic is Hall as an important, international trading center and Maximilian’s deftly operated “media policy”. Learn More.
Friday, June 28, 2019, Landeck: Conducted by Carola Bauckholt, the compositions that will be staged at Landeck Castle revolve around the theme of “Maximilian the Traveller”. Learn More.
Saturday, June 29, 2019, Altfinstermünz: The historical fortress on the border to Switzerland hosts a theme-related acoustic installation that features performers from both sides of the border, from Austria and from Switzerland. Learn More.
Sunday, June 30, 2019, Innsbruck: The Music Festival draws to a close at various venue throughout Innsbruck, including the Court Church, the Armoury and the Golden Roof. Learn More.