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As a long-standing co-sponsor, the Hessian-Thuringian State Bank will this year, too, be supporting what is meanwhile the 24th Rheingau Music Festival. Major symphony concerts, chamber music, choral-symphonic concerts and chamber orchestra concerts, but also jazz and cabaret events at selected venues always responsively matched to the musical theme involved will during the festi- val summer of 2011 delight not only the myriads of culture fans living in the Rheingau, but also guests from all over Germany and indeed Europe. A top- quality programme this year featuring 153 events at more than 40 different venues from Wiesbaden to deep in the Rheingau has for years now guaranteed stable audience numbers for the festival, well established in the Rhine-Main re- gion since 1988. Regional diversity performers resident in the Rheingau and wonderful venues blends with international artistes, thus creating popularity, quality and charisma for the festival and the region alike. For the Helaba, these are cogent reasons to get involved as a co-sponsor of the Rheingau Music Festi- val, in the wider context of the banks commitment to corporate social responsibil- ity. Whats more, of course, the Rheingau offers a marvellous backdrop, far removed from the everyday turmoil of business life, for meeting with important customers and partners at two major concerts being sponsored by the bank. The Helaba will be subsidising the concert given on 9 July by the Orchestre Phil- harmonique du Luxembourg conducted by Emmanuel Krivine and with Nikolai Lugansky on the piano. A sensitive and emotive performance of Prokovievs Pi- ano Concerto is keenly anticipated. Nikolai Lugansky, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition, and of the International Bach and Rachmaninov Competition, ranks among the top-class pianists who subordinate their egos to the inherent integrity of the music itself. On 24 August, we are looking forward to a guest appearance by the Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra Moscow conducted by Vladimir Fedoseyev with Patricia Kopatchinskaja on the violin. The programme includes Concert Waltz Op. 47 by Alexander Glasunov, Pjotr Ilyich Tchaikovskys Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major Op. 35, and Igor Stravinskys Petruschka. Born in Moldavia, Patricia Kopatchinskaja is acknowledged as a superlatively distinctive artiste, rigorously dedicated to the conceptual integrity of the music. Both of these concerts will be held in the Friedrich-von-Thiersch Hall of the Wies- baden Assembly Rooms. For these and all other events under the aegis of the Rheingau Music Festival, we wish Michael Herrmann and his team, as always, every success, and thus for the entire Rhine-Main region a magnificent summer full of music!

This year, once again, the Hessian-Thuringian Savings Bank Cultural Foun- dation is one of the Rheingau Music Festivals partners. In line with the mission statements of its patrons (the savings banks in Hesse and Thuringia), the goal of the Savings Bank Cultural Foundation is to support regional activities of out- standing quality and make them accessible to a broad public, while helping to provide cultural enhancement for the Rhine-Main area.

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