Dresden Philharmonic presents a new season of concerts

Dresden.“The Ring Season” – this is how it appeared in the new annual program of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the main project of the concert “Ring des Nibelungen”, Richard Wagner’s opera quartet, which will be conducted by conductor Marek Janowski in September and October, of course it is The focus of what will happen next season. For the 83-year-old Janowski, who performed the legendary “Ring” show at the Kulturpalast about forty years ago and recorded it on disc, it’s over – the upcoming season with the Dresden Philharmonic will be his last as a major musician.

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Janowski and Sanderling as guests

Due to the pandemic, more highlights are now being bundled together for the season, so Janowski fans get their money’s worth with Anton Bruckner’s ninth season-opening symphony and works by Haines, Britten, Berg and Strauss as well as Beethoven’s ninth. New Year’s Eve, before Marek Janowski bid farewell to the summer of 2023 with his massive Fifth Symphony by Anton Bruckner at B flat major in Kulturpalast in Dresden.

We hope he returns as a welcome guest, as well as Michael Sanderling (now conductor of the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra in Switzerland) next season with Gustav Mahler’s second symphony, “Symphony of the Resurrection”.

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A departure and a fresh start in the new season

But when the season was shown yesterday at Kulturpalast, the talk was not about stopping and saying goodbye, but about leaving and a fresh start. As it is known, the music has had to go silent for a very long time and quite often in the past couple of years, so Mayor Ankatrin Klipsch (left) and head coach Frauk Roth are now looking forward to a trouble-free season as possible.

Klipsch congratulated the orchestra on its successes in its first five years in the recast Kulturpalast and emphasized that Dresden Philharmonic is also cultivating self-examination on its way to the future in a modern ensemble sense. Of course, there has been enough opportunity for that in the past couple of years, while Janowski and Philharmoniker have really used all the possibilities of hearing and vision even though nothing is described.

A “digital revolution” planned

Some innovations are now being implemented for the upcoming season. Philharmonie continues to experiment in this tangible new normal and tries to counter changing circumstances with creative and interesting things. Of course, the above focal points of “digital disruption” and “public development” are not new inventions; Instead, Dresden residents are constantly trying to adapt to developments in order to gain an audience or attract new ones to the Kulturpalast.

A new, intuitively operated website that quickly takes you to your destination and thus to the ticket or accompanying content for the concert is just as part of this realizing that some audience would prefer passing their program brochure onto their smartphone screen rather than reading thick brochures (it would be the familiar noise When performing a choral symphony everyone has to browse the same passage in the brochure as a thing of the past…) Or: the audience listens to a podcast that has been available on the website for a long time.

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After all, hearing is the primary competence of a Philharmonic audience, and so you can learn more about Beethoven and Co. on the tram ride toward concert evening with a button on your ear. The fact that channels like YouTube and Instagram are naturally part of the orchestra’s cultural production is not just a concession to the younger generation, and one should not underestimate the older generation, who have always used QR codes to scan their deals in the supermarket!

Concerts “peeled”

The fact that young people have great potential for future audiences is also not new, yet it can be mentioned as a success story, especially with the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra – because the first concerts after the pandemic were school concerts. In addition to the popular family and school concerts with “Phili” and Malte Arkona, there will also be short “informal” parties called “abgeFRACKt” next season (we hope the concerts are as funny as this play with words…). For people who have never been to a concert before, this seems to be as good an opportunity to take a plane visit as it is for those who want to delve into a piece of music for a good hour.

The close relationship with the Dresden audience at the Kulturpalast will be enhanced in the future by redesigning the foyer with a new café and a second stage suitable for spontaneous shows.

And what did you play? Of course, “ring” would push the orchestra to its limits, but cellist and orchestra director Daniel Thiel also mentioned that he played an entire loop once in a lifetime (unless you’re in Bayreuth every year, which isn’t a symphony for every active musician) is a major milestone in the life of Music.

In addition to Wagner, you can look forward to great symphonies like Mahler’s Ninth Symphony (with Kent Nagano), Brahms’ Third Symphony (Lawrence Foster) or works rarely played by Zemlinsky, Ligety or Nielsen – many familiar faces will also return to the backstage of the Dresden Philharmonic. : Christian McKellaro plus Stefan Deneuve, Dima Slobodenyuk and Thomas Dausgaard.

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Piemontesi, Escaich, Runnicles and many more

The fact that more exciting pianist Francesco Pimontese (artist in residence) will be heard should please as many listeners as the double residency of French Thierry Eskache, who comes in colorful installations, as organist in the palace and composer in residence. On the other hand, Donald Runnicles, Karim Hassan, Elim Chan and many other artists will make their debuts at the Kulturpalast, where of course – according to Frauke Roth when asked – potential candidates for the position of conductor at the Philharmonie from the fall of 2023 already have the handle in hand: the orchestra The management of the band is under supervision.

Thierry Escaich can be seen in a double job as a member of the Palace and composer in residence.

However, Roth and Klipsch also unanimously stressed that the process is being intensively conducted with the aim of recruiting an extraordinary figure for the musical life of the city, who above all had the time resources – a good sign that the Dresden Philharmonic has a lot of talent interested in maintaining the intensity and quality of the work which started with Sanderling and Janowski in the future Kulturpalast.

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by Alexander Kuok

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