The city has long been a major attraction for all walks of life, with its unique and ever-changing mix of social, artistic and economic opportunities. The city writes its own history through the traces left by everyone who has ever lived and worked in this urban fabric. Urban Renaissance is a tribute to this urban history. This program connects the music of the early European urban dynasties with that of the typical American urban environment of the 21st century. And amid all this we seek the escape to the idyllic – and perhaps some utopian – environment of the countryside.

Soloist in Urban Renaissance is Tamar Halperin. Tamar studied the piano and harpsichord in Tel Aviv, Basel, and New York. In 2009 she obtained a PhD at the Juilliard School, with a dissertation on Bach. She has recorded for labels such as Decca, Neos, Neue Meister and Act ( with Wunderkammer, the album with jazz pianist Michael Wollny that won two Echo awards). During her youth, she trained to become a professional tennis player. Now she lives with her husband in a small German village. Tamar won the Hessischer Kulturpreis 2016.