| 21:00 | Open Air
Closing concert with fireworks
ACCESS: 19.00 h | Communs New Palace of Sanssouci / Address: Am Neuen Palais, 14469 Potsdam
Eurovision fanfare and European anthem: festival finale in front of the spectacular setting of the colonnades at the New Palace
Lenneke Ruiten, soprano
Giuseppina Bridelli, alto
Daniel Kirch, tenor
Aaron Sheehan, tenor
Andrew Schroeder, bass
CANTUS DOMUS (choir)
Antonello Manacorda, musical direction
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704): Te Deum D major H 146
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827): Symphony No. 9 D minor op. 125 With the final chorus about Schiller's "Ode to Joy"
Marc-Antoine Charpentier could not have imagined it: 200 million people watch the Eurovision Song Contest today and listen to music by him, which has been commencing multinational broadcasts by the European broadcasting Union as »Eurovision Fanfare« since 1954. 30 years later the European union adopted the final singing from Beethoven’s ninth symphony as its anthem to symbolise mutual values such as freedom, peace and solidarity. The Music Festival celebrates its end with the pieces Europe carved its hymns and fanfares from, uncut and in their original versions: making sure we will not forget what a difficult path with many victims it was until these pieces could become musical emblems of a league of nations striving for peaceful unity. And to make us remember that Europe’s anthem is an ode to joy embraced by millions.