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October 26 to November 8, 2014, a cultural highlight: The Jewish Music and Theatre Week Dresden

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

 in Under the slogan “Jewish. Now!” takes place the 18th Jewish Music and Theater Week in Dresden.Wide-ranging are the themed offers, and so also the variety of the venues.Theaters, cinemas and churches, the Jewish Cemetery, the Jewish Community Center as well as the Dresden Synagogue offer exhibitions, films, concerts, readings and dance performances, courses, tours, lectures and discussions.Of course, samples from the Jewish kitchen are included. There’s a coice of 30 events that are focused mainly on the future of Jewish life.

To kick off the week on October 26, Daniel Kahn and The Painted Birds present in their concert Jewish dance music.And the synagogue will be explained especially for families and children on November 2 by a guide from DresdenWalks.

The Jewish Music and Theatre Week is organized by the same-titled association, the Jewish community and Hatikva – the Education and Meeting Centre for Jewish History and Culture in Saxony.

For more information see: http://juedische-woche-dresden.de/kontakt.html

Celebrating vine harvest in the Elbe valley in and around Dresden

Saturday, August 30th, 2014

 in It has become colder, the sun is loosing power in these weeks. Autumn is coming. It’s the time when grape harvest starts. Vine growing has first time been mentioned in the Upper Elbe valley around 1400 and up to now white and red vine is cultivated in and around Dresden. In Dresden about 35 ha are covered by grapes. They lend Dresden special charm. There is even a state owned vineyard in Radebeul, the Western neighbour city of Dresden, the palace Schloss Wackerbarth estate.

In the last week of August the first vineyards began to harvest. The first vine is the so called Federweißer (in German consisting of two words: Feather and white) it’s also known as new vine. This is a ‘wine’(must) made of white or red grapes which just started to ferment. As it is not filtered it looks milky and it tastes a bit like sparkling vine.

Several vineyards invite to vine festivals on September weekends. There you can taste the vine and celebrate with the locals.

The vine festival in Radebeul is perhaps the biggest and most traditional in the region – it lasts from Friday, 26, to Sunday, 28 September.
Throughout autumn vineyards invite into their small vine shops and taprooms.
Here you can read more about vine festivals and different vineyards of the region www.weinbauverband-sachsen.de/veranstaltungen

Very exciting: Canaletto- Dresden City Festival 15th to 17th August 2014

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

This year Dresden City Festival presents itself in a very romantic style with the new name „Canaletto“.
Enjoy the mix of music, shows, concerts, theater and art design and the culinary cuisine during the festival.

Before doing that, you better get to know the romantic side of the “city of festivals” during a guided walking tour with DresdenWalks. Meanwhile you will get an overview of the city and the different attractions of the festival.
Our guided walking tours start daily at 12:00 at the green board to the right of the large staircase at „Brühlsche Terrasse“ at Schlossplatz Square.

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.


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

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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