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Movie Nights at the River Elbe in 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

The movie nights at the River Elbe are probably the most beautiful open-air cinema and concert festival in Europe.

From June 26th – August 31st 2014 the area on the banks of the Elbe provides, in the middle of the city and in front of the world famous skyline of Dresden’s Old Town, about 3,300 seats for visitors of film events. Of these, 400 are covered in the upper restaurant area, the so-called film garden.

The largest open-air cinema festival in Germany already takes place since 1991 and attracted in recent years up to 150,000 viewers per year.

At concerts up to 12,000 fans can enjoy here their stars.

And of course, during the World Cup for every Game of the German national team there is a “public viewing”.

Drop-in customers are welcome. And so you do not need to purchase tickets well in advance, except for concerts.

Katharina

City Museum: Special Exhibition about the conductor Ernst von Schuch

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Schuch-Anke in Ernst von Schuch, an Austria conductor, born in the mid of the 19th, was appointed at the Dresden court theatre (today’s Semper Opera House) at the age of 26. He worked and lived here until his death in 1914 which means it is the 100th anniversary this year.

A good reason to honour him with a special exhibition. Schuch mainly became famous in Germany with the premieres of Richard Strauss’ operas as ‘The knight of the Rose’ in 1911. Besides that, the Semper Opera House has focused this season on Richard Strauss (see article from May) and shows an exhibition in the foyers of that well known composer. Apart from interesting information and photos, people can also see in a showcase the original court uniform of Ernst von Schuch.

The exhibition is open until the end of September from Tuesday to Sunday. See also: www.stadtmuseum-dresden.de/sonderausstellung-aktuell

Anke Winkler

Elbhang/Elbe Slope Festival

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

 in If you should spend the last weekend in June in Dresden we can highly recommend the Elbhang Festival, one of the biggest district festivals here in the city and famous for music and culture.

More than 180 events (e.g. concerts, theatre plays) are offered on 15 stages between the Blue Wonder Bridge and Pillnitz in the southeast of Dresden.

The illuminated open air theatre and the annual parade are some of the highlights.

Day tickets cost between 12 and 19 EUR.

For further information please click on www.elbhangfest.de.

Anke Winkler

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Abendrundgang in

Semper Opera House celebrates Richard Strauss

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

In June the great German composer Richard Strauss would have celebrated his 150th birthday.

His works include late romantic as well as modern musical influences. He created exciting new and vibrant sounds which very often became a challenge for instrumental and vocal interprets. He is the master of poetic music, songs, chamber music, music for ballet and operas. His fame is closely connected with Dresden. Here, in the Semper Opera House, what is today the Saxon State opera nine of his 15 operas had their world premiere between 1901 and 1938, performed by the Staatskapelle orchestra. Therefore Strauss called Dresden the “Dorado for premieres”. When in 1985 the former opera house had been reopened 40 years after its destruction in February 1945, Strauss’ “The knight of the Rose” was played. In the vestibule of the Semper Opera House today one can find the bronze sculpture of Strauss’ head. To honor the great composer the orchestra gives extra concerts with Strauss’ music this year.
On Strauss birthday, 11 June, Christoph Thielemann, the director of music, will conduct a selection of opera music of Richard Strauss in the Semper Opera House, among them „The knight of the Rose“, „Salome“, „Elektra“ und „Daphne“.
Iris Stauch

New Exhibition: Parade Textiles of Augustus the Strong in the Dresden Palace

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014


A new exhibition has enriched the range of different collections and treasures in the Dresden Palace.

It presents parade textiles made for Augustus the Strong in connection with his coronation as King of Poland 1697 and the wedding of his son, the Saxon Electoral Prince in 1719. The exhibits are both originals and precise replicas, where every thread has been very exactly reproduced in French, Italian and German workshops.

The visitors will find parts of the King’s costume and his crown hood as well as items of textile interior décor from the suite of parade rooms equipped for the wedding ceremony: the Ante-Chamber, the Audience chamber and the State Bedroom. Amazing gold and silver fabrics, velvets in royal blue, crimson and Saxon green, gold embroidery represent the culmination of baroque textile art.

The textile interior décor will in future be included in the museum’s permanent exhibition.
The current exposition will last until February 24th. She is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Tuesdays and from January 20th to January 31st.

Iris Stauch

Christmas Oratorio, Johann Sebastian Bach and Dresden

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Bach-wikipedia in The Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach belongs to Christmas like the Semper Opera House to Dresden. The individual parts were first performed by the Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig during the six worship services between Christmas Day 1734 and the Epiphany 1735 in the St. Nicholas’ Church and the St. Thomas Church.

Also during this Advent season the familiar tunes and songs are heard in many different places in Dresden. Whether sung by the famous Dresden Cross Choir or an amateur choir, the right Christmas mood always rises listening to these sounds.

Since 1723 Bach worked as the cantor of the Thomas Choir in Leipzig. In 1730 he tried, however, for being awarded the title of court composer in Dresden, because he was dissatisfied with the payment, the high cost of living and the Leipzig authorities, who did not promote Bach’s creative work in his sense. After the submission of certain works to the electoral court in Dresden, Bach received on 19 November 1736 the awaited news to be able to call himself “Royal Polish and Electoral Saxon Compositeur of the Court Music Ensemble”. The title was associated with neither privileges nor with income, however, it strengthened his position in relation to the Leipzig authorities. Bach also did not get the expected call, to live and act henceforth in the residence Dresden.

That would certainly be handled differently by the city of Dresden today, because today the work of Johann Sebastian Bach is played and honoured not only during the Christmas season but throughout the year.
And where do music and architecture of the Baroque harmonize better than in Dresden?

Katharina Michael

Let’s dance!

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

Tanz-hygienemuseum in
Moves that move us
A new exhibition by the Deutsches Hygiene Museum

From October 12, 2013 to July 20, 2014 a new temporary exhibition takes place in the Dresdner Hygienemuseum: dance! Nowhere else as in the cradle of the free dance has to be this kind of exhibition: it must take place in Dresden.
The dancing human, the moving human, at all times and all over the world people have always danced. The dance as a part of human nature: In this case we are able to express what we always feel and last but not least: dance always bring us into a social network. The exhibition takes up the issue with interactive installations, films, artworks and multimedia stations. So let’s dance now!

Open on Tuesday – Sunday 10 am until 6 pm.

C. Innerhofer

Special exhibition: Georg Baselitz ‚Background stories‘

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Baselitz in
Dresden is well known by art lovers for its diverse museums that are enriched by several special exhibitions throughout the year. One of the best exhibitions in 2013 has been recently opened on the Royal Residential Palace.

Georg Baselitz, one of the most famous German painters of contemporary art, has opened his exhibition ‚Background stories‘ on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

Baselitz, who was born and raised near Dresden, had been already fascinated by the paintings of the Old Master Picture Gallery in his youth. Those paintings had been his inspiration to interpret some of the master works from the 15th to the 19th century in his own way.

The exhibition is open from Wednesdays to Mondays from 10am to 6 pm.

By the way, further paintings from Baselitz can be admired in the Albertinum museum.
Anke W.

A new bridge for Dresden – the opening of the Waldschlösschen Bridge

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Dresden is celebrating the opening of a new bridge those days. It is the Waldschlösschen bridge, a bridge that was and is much talked about here. It has been one of the most controversial projects in Dresden in the last years.

It had been the locals who decided for the bridge in 2005. The construction started two years later and took nearly seven years up to the completion now in August 2013.

The Waldschlösschen bridge is also the reason why the Dresden Elbe valley was deprived of the title of the UNESCO World Heritage in 2009. A decision that had split the opinion of the people.

Apart from this new construction, we have so many other sights to see in the city. It’s worth coming to Dresden! And we would be pleased to welcome you to our daily English tours.
Anke