About 25,000 musicians are participating in the Swiss federal music festival, which runs until June 24 in Fribourg. Held every five years since 1864, it is one of the biggest events of its kind in Switzerland.This content was published on June 18, 2001 - 08:00
Some 150,000 visitors are expected to flock to the city for the festival, which includes street processions and concert performances by choirs and brass bands.
Traditionally the event is an opportunity to hear traditional Swiss music played and sung at its highest level, but not all the participants are Swiss and neither is all the music.
For example, one of the festival highlights will be a gala concert by the Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. Another is a "concert-workshop" given by American trumpeter Marwin Stamm.
The Swiss Army Big Band, conducted by Pepe Lienhard, is also performing during the festival, along with the Bürgermusik Brass Band of Lucerne.
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