Infinity Festival — UP/BEAT! String Octets
The Basel Infinity Festival will take place for the fourth time this spring. This young festival has already firmly established itself in Basel's music and cultural landscape and is far more than "just" a classical music festival—it deliberately explores the boundaries of classical music and creates an incomparable atmosphere with original, cross-disciplinary concerts. In addition to top-class national and international artists, the Basel Infinity Festival also offers young musicians the opportunity to present themselves to the public. The unique combination of classical music with literature, ethnic folk music, and dance reaches a broad audience.
Goethe's famous verses from the "Walpurgis Night" scene inspired the 16-year-old Felix Mendelssohn to compose his breezy and euphoric String Octet, op. 20, in 1825. This year’s Infinity Festival will open with this rousing work, alongside an intense complement—the String Octet, op. 7, by the Romanian George Enescu, also the work of a young master. He was just 19 years old when he composed his Octet at the end of 1900. The work fascinates with pulsating rhythms and dark sounds and impressively realizes what Enescu once described thus: "I have a horror of everything that stagnates. For me, music does not mean static, but action."
Tickets are CHF 25 for adults and CHF 15 for people under age 28.