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Music is an essential part of the church community and is also an enrichment for the Dresden people and the visitors.
World famous ensembles, orchestras and choirs are expected this year again.
Well established series of concerts which already have a tradition like ‘Spiritual music on Sundays’ (every second Sunday 3 pm), the ‘BACHcycle’ (throughout the whole year), the ‘Dresden Organ Cycle’, the ‘Night Organ Music with candlelight’ (during the advent season) are on the program again.
But the church also offers new performances like the ‘Frauenkirchenbachtage’ (2th – 7th October) and the passion series ‘Cross and Resurrection’ performed by the church choir, the chamber choir and the ensemble Frauenkirche under the direction of the choir master and organist Matthias Grünert.
Beside of that the Church of Our Lady will be again one of the venues during the Dresden Music Festival 2012 which will be even opened at the church with a gala concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Robert Spano on 15th May. Moreover, there will be different music performances with outstanding choirs, orchestras and ensembles like the Wiener Sängerknaben, the Camerata Salzburg and the tenor Ian Bostridge.
Last but not least the Frauenkirche offers several extraordinary concerts of soloists like the musicians Alison Balsom (10th November) and Gabor Boldoczki (11th August), the mezzo-soprano Vesselina Kasarova (9th June) and the countertenors Andreas Scholl (22th September) und Bejun Mehta (28th July).
Recommendation: Get to know more about the church itself during the DresdeWalks walking tours which are offered daily at 11 am.
World premier of the ‘Requiem’ in commemoration of the destruction of Dresden during WWII
It is a long and significant tradition to accompany the centenary of the bombing of Dresden on 13th February with a requiem.
There will be a special concert this year on the occasion of the destruction and the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). It is the premier of the requiem ‘Dresden’ by Lera Auerbach which takes place on February 11th.
The requiem is a commissioned piece by the Frauenkirche foundation and Staatskapelle Dresden (Saxon State Orchestra).
Auerbach, who is the Composer in Residence during the season 2011/2012, is a Jewish Russian-American pianist and one of the most exiting artists today. Her music draws a wide line of forms and genres from opera to chamber music and her music is characterized by stylistic freedom and a relation between tonal and atonal music language.
The requiem ‘Dresden’ will have this special style of music too and will definitely give this event a respectively timbre.
The concert written for two boy´s voices, countertenor, bass, baritone, boys choir, men´s choir and orchestra is premiered by the Staatskapelle Dresden and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.
11th February 2012, 8 PM at Frauenkirche Dresden. The introduction starts at 7 PM.
13th and14th February, 8 PM at the Semper Opera House
The 41st International Dixieland Festival starts on May 17th. National and international Jazz musicians, bands and their music lovers meet in Dresden until May 22nd. Numerous concerts in different places in the city, as well as countless smaller and bigger events as the ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ on the paddle steamers of the Saxon Steamboat Company are offered. Bands will perform on eight stages between Dresden Main Station and Altmarkt Square the next day before the traditional final parade through the center attracts thousands of spectators on Sunday afternoon.
Music in the city continues with the 34th Dresden Music Festival from May 18th – June 5th which is a continuation of the former festivals of the Saxon electors. This year’s motto is “Elements – Earth, fire, water, air und spirituality”. Visitors can expect many musical highlights e.g. from the Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Choir of the Holy Cross and more in different places as the Semper Opera House, the Frauenkirche, the Transparent Factory as well as open air on the Brühl’s Terrace. (Anke)
From 22nd October to 9th November 2009 the 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre takes place in Dresden. It focuses on two areas: with concerts, exhibitions and many lectures, talks, guided tours and movies, Jewish life in East Germany and the changes due to the political turmoils of 1989/90 will be reflected. Take the opportunity to experience two weeks full of Yiddish music, literature and Yiddish theater in Dresden.
From 2nd October to 1st November 2009 the 12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days will offer you twenty events. Under the motto “Heinrich Schütz and Silesia” the famous German composer of the Early Baroque will be remembered in Weißefels, Bad Köstritz and Dresden.
Concerts and lectures take up a journey, which lead Schütz in 1621 together with prince elector Johann Georg I. to Breslau (Wroclaw). Detailed informations can be found on www.schuetztage.de
The focus of the festival, which takes place from 1st to 17th October 2009, is the connection of contemporary music with different kinds of art: dance, performance, installation, new media, video art, film, theater, music theater. The progam ranges from pathbreaking compositions of New Music to the latest experiments of electronic music, sound-collages and sound-environments.
Also the peripheries of avant-garde rock music, productions of independent labels and experimental jazz are part of the program. These exciting, inspiring, enjoyable evenings at the Tonlagen-Festival in Hellerau, in the Volkswagen Transparent Manufacture, the Church of the Three Kings and the Academy of Music certainly offer something for you as well.
The Saxon National Orchestra (Sächsische Staatskapelle) belongs to one of the most rich in tradition and oldest ensembles of the world. And with 461 years it is not a bit quite. On the contrary, the General Music Director Fabio Luisi and the musicians of the Sächsische Staatskapelle invite you to an enthralling and top-class casted concert season 2009/2010.
Forthwith you can obtain the new program at every known ticket office in Dresden or you can see it online at www.staatskapelle-dresden.de.