A rather happy festival director

By Pascal SteinwachsLex Kleren Switch to German for original article

The rainy days at the Philharmonie are dedicated to contemporary music. The yearly event is huge in scope. A conversation with the Philharmonie's outgoing festival director and chief dramaturge, Lydia Rilling.

Lovers of contemporary music should certainly have November marked in their calendars, since the rainy days festival takes place every year at the Philharmonie in this most unpopular of all months, when the days become ever shorter, ever grayer, and ever colder. The event is not only a ray of hope, but also one of, if not the, highlight of every musical year in Luxembourg.

Year after year, the festival knows how to surprise with an exquisite program, which is unique and unparalleled even in comparison with similar events abroad. Where else does one have the opportunity to see and hear, for example, the US multi-instrumentalist Anthony Braxton, the Greek composer Georges Aperghis and the "Sunn O)))" legend Stephen O'Malley at close quarters during one and the same festival.

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