The artists' column hall Stoa169 on the Ammer is also the venue for the new "polliphonic music festival" in Polling. © Stoa169 Stiftung/Felix Pitscheneder
Polling is getting a new music festival: "polliphonic" will bring classical and jazz stars to extraordinary places in June.
Polling – What culture lovers can experience in Polling on the last weekend in June is more than promising: From 23 to 25 June, the "polliphonic music festival" celebrates its premiere in the monastery village – with a top-class and diverse programme between jazz and classical music. And this takes place not only in proven venues such as the library hall, but also "in new and unexpected locations", as the organizers advertise: for example in the artists' column hall "Stoa169" on the Ammer and in the monastery courtyard of the classic car workshop "HK-Engineering".
Star violinist Lena Neudauer performs twice at the first edition of "polliphonic". © Denise Krentz
Premiere of "polliphonic": Jazz with Johannes Enders in the monastery courtyard
The founders of the festival are the brothers Aurelius and Nepomuk Braun, two young, multi-award-winning musicians from Munich, who also perform at "polliphonic" themselves: Pianist Aurelius (28) and cellist Nepomuk (32) will do the honors for the opening concert on Friday, June 23, at 19:30 p.m. in the library hall. Together with star violinist Lena Neudauer, soprano Veronika Loy from Weilheim and mezzo-soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas from the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, they offer a fusion of folk song, chamber music and opera: variations on the "Magic Flute", unusual songs by Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert's great piano trio in E flat major Op. 100. On the same evening, Johannes Enders will be jazzing with a formidable quartet (including US drummer Howard Curtis) from 21.30 p.m. in the monastery courtyard.
The brothers Nepomuk and Aurelius Braun (cello/piano) founded the music festival "polliphonic". © private
There will be three events on Saturday, June 24: At 16 p.m., actor Thomas Loibl ("Toni Erdmann") will perform the Kafka story "The Metamorphosis" in the library hall, accompanied by the Swiss cellist Ursina Maria Braun. The very first concert in "Stoa 20" will follow at 30.169 p.m. under the title "polliphonic sunset" – with works for vocal ensemble (sound collective "Vokalzirkel") and Arnold Schoenberg's string sextet "Transfigured Night". Afterwards there will be a "polliphonic party" in the monastery courtyard: "deliberately informal", according to the announcement, "to create spaces for exchange between audience and artists.
Music festival "polliphonic": already plans for the next few years
On Sunday, June 25, at 11 a.m., the first edition of the festival, which is sponsored by "Neustart Kultur", will end with a song matinee by the up-and-coming star singer Aeneas Humm in the library hall. And this should not be a flash in the pan, as the Braun brothers assure: "2023 is just the starting signal. 'polliphonic' is to be expanded in the coming years to include various locations and concert formats."
and detailed information about the artists and programs: www.polliphonic.de.