gala concert at the opening of the season

  • François-Xavier Roth(c)Holger Talinski

11.09.2016 Sunday
Kölner Philharmonie

Works by Bartók and Mahler | Michael Barenboim - violin, Gürzenich-Orchester Köln, François-Xavier Roth - conductor

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Welcome season 16/17!

On September 11, 2016 the Gürzenich-Orchester celebrates its season 16/17. The gala concert at the opening of the season links the history of the orchestra to the present. In 1904 Gutsav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 has been launched by the Gürzenich-Orchester. Likewise, Béla Bartóks Violin Concerto No. 2 has been performed for the first time in Germany by the Gürzenich-Orchester.

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Guest performance: Festival Berlioz

The Gürzenich-Orchester and the Oper Köln begin the new season with a guest performance at the »Festival Berlioz« in La Côte-Saint-André. Each year the festivals takes place in honor of Hector Berlioz and is initiated by the city of his birth. On August 28 the Gürzenich-Orchester and the Oper Köln will participate in a concertante performance of »Benvenuto Cellini«.

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The Gürzenich-Orchester receives this year’s Gramophone-Award. The recording of Arnold Schönberg’s »Gurre-Lieder« under the conduction of Markus Stenz has been awarded in the category »Choral«. Many thanks to the participating ensembles: the Netherlands Youth Choir, the choir of the Bach-Verein Köln, the Kartäuserkantorei Köln and the three choirs of the Cologne Cathedral.

Happy Birthday Kölner Philharmonie!

Since 1986 the Gürzenich-Orchester resides at the Kölner Philharmonie. On September 14, the Gürzenich-Orchester and the WDR-Sinfonieorchester would like to celebrate the 30th birthday of an outstanding concert hall. Vito Žuraj‘s »I-formation«, a composition for two orchestras and two conductors will have its premier.

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concert in the cologne cathedral

The tradition of joint concerts of the Dommusik and the Gürzenich-Orchester will be continued. This year, Eberhard Metternich, the musical director of Cologne’s Cathedral, chose one of the most prominent pieces of musical literature: »Missa solemnis« by Ludwig van Beethoven.

29. Sep 16, 8 pm
Cologne Cathedral, free admission

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30 years of Kitajenko

The first symphony concert of this season introduces another anniversary: for 30 years Dmitrij Kitajenko  works alongside the Gürzenich-Orchester, moreover he became a conductor of honor in 2009. Symphony concert01 presents works about heros and ideals by Prokofiev, Shostakovich and Khachaturian. In addition Yeol Eum Son and Simon de Klein enter into a dialogue with their instruments.

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