Staatskapelle

8th Symphony Concert

Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

Dates

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  • Free introductory talk
  • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

  • Guided tour through the Semperoper
    Info

    • Free introductory talk
    • held in the Semper Opera House cellar 45 minutes before curtain-up

    • Guided tour through the Semperoper

      Piece-Info

      »The night has passed!«

      In 1840, elaborate celebrations were held in Saxony to mark the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing. These were capped with a performance of Mendelssohn’s »Lobgesang« in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche. When the piece was published, the composer dedicated the symphony-cantata to the Saxon King Frederick Augustus II. In return, the monarch expressed his gratitude by awarding him the honorary title of »Royal Saxon Kapellmeister«. Although the plan to secure the services of the famous conductor for the Saxon court fell through, Mendelssohn became a frequent visitor to Dresden. On Palm Sunday in 1843, he conducted the Royal Kapelle (today’s Staatskapelle) in a programme that included his oratorio »St. Paul«.

      Programme

      Franz Schubert Symphonie Nr. 2 B-Dur D 125
      Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy »Lobgesang«. Symphonie-Kantate für Soli, Chor, Orchester und Orgel op. 52

      More info: staatskapelle-dresden.de

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