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Music Events in May – International Dixieland Festival and Dresden Music Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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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.

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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)

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Friday, January 15th, 2010

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On January 15th, the “most beautiful night of the year” is being staged for the fifth time. Once again more than 2000 guests inside the opera and thousands of visitors on Theatre Square can look forward to a splendid program of classical entertainment: not just inside the Operahouse but also outside on Theatre Square. There the “SemperOpenairball” will be opend by a spectacular Light- and Fireworksshow.

This year´s motto “Great Couples” will not only feature opera-couples like Tristan and Isolde but it streches far beyond: elements that belong together come together like Semperopera and Dresden, East and West, Germany and Europe.
You will be surprised!
(A. Brühl)

The 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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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.
(K. Michael)

12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

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

(K. Michael)

TonLagen (Pitches) – The Dresden Festival of Contemporary Music

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

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.

(K. Michael)

The Beginning of an Exciting concert season

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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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
(Katharina Michael)

Semper Opera House – „Open Opera“

Friday, June 12th, 2009

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On Sunday, June 14th 2009, the Semper Opera House in Dresden welcomes you to the “open house”.
From 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. you can have a look behind the scenes, talk to the director, get to know how theatre technology works and visit the theatre workshop where all the stage designs and costumes are made.

(Jana Malschewski)

Dresden Music Festival

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

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Until the 7th June the historic Dresden Music Festival takes place. Various outstanding artists and ensembles from across the world have been invited and focus on the »New World« as well as on the rich musical history of Dresden. Don’t miss one of the Festival`s fixtures – the Dresden singt & musiziert (Dresden Sings & Makes Music), which attracts hundreds of singers and thousands of listeners to the Brühl Terrace every year.
(Katharina Michael)

39th Dixieland in Dresden!

Friday, May 15th, 2009

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For the upcoming weekend Dresden will again be the capital of Dixieland! Already for the time this Jazz festival will reach its peak on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday from 10.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. the “Dresden-Jazzmile” will offer on various stages between Wiener Platz/ St.-Petersburger-Str. and Old Market Square Bands with the particular “Happy-Music-Sound” to everybody. On Sunday an Open-Air-Concert will take place at the Great Garden`s Open-Air-Theatre: From 10.00 a.m. various bands will be performing. In the afternoon from 3.30 p.m. the Dixieland-Parade will start at Tatzberg and will be touring along the river Elbe all the way through the historic Center of Dresden. A particularly exiting highlight of this popular music festival!
(Astrid Brühl)