Point Music Festival is a unique festival where classical and innovative music meets other art forms, such as concert theater, performance and multimedia. All performed by world-class musicians and artists. So open your minds and join us on the exploration journey in Gothenburg Concert Hall on May 15-18 May 2020!
In addition to classic pieces by Beethoven, this year’s festival offers new, exciting stories created by the champions of our own time, performed by a number of highly brilliant orchestras, ensembles and soloists. Join us from the intimate to the sublime, from melancholy to euphoria in a four-day tribute to music and art. All you need to bring is an open and present mind.
”At the Point Music Festival in Gothenburg you get a sense of what’s modern – in life and in music.” David Nice, The Arts Desk
”When Gothenburg Concert Hall Konserthus puts on a new thinking festival that takes the entire building at Götaplatsen with concerts and events, it is with the word “point” as in position, point and cape … With both percussionists and zombie musicians among the other performance points in the foyer and strong stories on stage, Point Music Festival places both Gothenburg and art music on the front.” Johanna Paulsson, Dagens Nyheter
Point Music Festival is conducted with the support of the Sten A Olsson foundation for Research and Culture.
A journey of exploration
Ludwig van Beethoven, like no other, has influenced not only European art music, but music as art form. For many composers and musicians, he is still 250 years after his birth both a great inspirer and a strict judge.
This year’s Point Music Festival is a journey of exploration where Beethoven is set in relief against exploring contemporary composers such as Bent Sørensen, Julia Wolfe, Hans Abrahamsen, Lera Auerbach, Richard Ayres and Andrea Tarrodi – open-minded music experiences.
For Beethoven, the importance of being present was highly evident. Some of the festival’s work was created when he still had his hearing, others when he lost it forever. The festival’s other main composer Bent Sørensen – who was greatly influenced by Beethoven and himself contributes four works at this year’s festival – has his view clear: “I dare say that without deafness, Beethoven would never have been able to create some of his most cross-border works.”
When one mind disappears, we are forced to interpret the world in a new way. Life is limited, but not necessarily at all levels. In the dark all the sounds are heard sharper but in the blinding sunshine nothing is visible. And flowers never smell smoother than at dusk. Sometimes the presence becomes stronger, the experience deeper, the experience greater. Maybe it was so for Beethoven, and maybe it will be so for you. During the festival days you get many opportunities to try.
Point Music Festival takes place on truly hallowed ground. The Gothenburg Concert Hall at Götaplatsen has attracted music lovers since 1935. Stora salen is a grand performance space, renowned for its acoustics.
The more intimate Stenhammarsalen is known for its beautiful wooden decor. The house also has an a la carte restaurant and bars.
Nils Einar Eriksson, the architect who designed the concert hall, wanted to create a place for everybody, with music at its centre. The result was a building that with its clean functionalism and beautiful natural materials fascinates visitors to this day.