With heartfelt respect, we dedicate Musica Divina 2020 to all healthcare workers.
The Covid-19 pandemic has confronted everyone in the world with an extraordinary situation. Our thoughts are with everyone who has lost a loved one in these difficult times. We would like to assure you that we are applying all the measures imposed by the National Security Council and the local authorities in organising the concerts. The health of our audience and artists is our top priority. Stay healthy and take good care of each other.
On 2 April a nurse wrote down his feelings:
Sometimes you just have to pour your heart out on paper. It’s something I have to do for my colleagues on the coronavirus ward, and also for myself. Tonight we had to say another goodbye. She deserved better than blue guard of honour in their yellow masks, but that was all we could give her, a silent farewell. What she left behind was people gasping for air. Daughters gasping for air, embraced by the softly lit corridor as they walked towards the swinging doors, a plastic bag under their arm with their mum’s clothes inside, and a final glance at us. They were grateful for what we had been able to give, but they saw that we were gasping for air as well. Everywhere you look, after all, you sense souls gasping for air. Everyone has had their wings clipped, because we have lost our closeness to one other. Care has lost some of its warmth, and the farewells we need to say sometimes have to be said from far away. Bodies fail, but the despair is clear in every patient’s eyes. Why can’t I be with my wife now, of all times, in her final hours? Love means closeness and nobody was made to die alone. And again we start gasping for air. We phone, listen, discuss; we’re ready to get in the car ourselves and drive. Anything at all to bring people together, anything for closeness, anything for oxygen. Our souls need it.
During the festival we will take all the preventive measures that are necessary at that time. Your health is our concern. We will communicate with you about this in a timely and clear manner. If a concert is already sold out, you can still register on a waiting list via firstname.lastname@example.org. You will hear from us as soon as places become available. Given the circumstances, it is possible that a concert venue may change. We will keep you informed. Thank you for your understanding.
It is important that after months of seclusion we can experience live music together again.