Orchestra Concert

Alpine Symphony

Sir Donald Runnicles conducts favourite works.

10/14

Saturday | 10/14/2023
7:30 pm Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €
9 € for young people
29 € for Dresden-Pass

10/15

Sunday | 10/15/2023
11:00 am Start of Concert

The concert introduction in the event hall of the Central Library (1st floor) begins one hour before the concert.
Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden
Floor Plan
59 | 49 | 42 | 36 | 27 | 20 €
9 € for young people
29 € for Dresden-Pass

About the Concert

The symphonic works of Richard Strauss ("tone poems," as he himself called them), are famous for their vividness. The monumental Alpine Symphony is no exception. Certainly also because he had experienced live, so to speak, what he then composed: In August 1879, the 15-year-old Strauss had undertaken a mountain tour from Murnau to the 1800-meter-high Heimgarten. He had already set out at night in order to be able to experience the sunrise on the summit. On his way down, he got caught in a thunderstorm and only reached a farmhouse in the evening, where he was able to spend the night. How impressive the tour, including the thunderstorm, was for him is tangible, so to speak, with his ears in the music. 
Jean Sibelius also put his heart and soul into his violin concerto. He would have liked to become a violin virtuoso himself. The concerto demands a lot from the soloist, especially in the furious finale, which was once even called a "Polonaise for Polar Bears".

Program

Michael Glinka
Overture to the opera "Ruslan and Ludmilla

Jean Sibelius
Violin Concerto in D minor op. 47 (1903/05)

Richard Strauss
"An Alpine Symphony" Symphonic Poem

Contributer

Sir Donald Runnicles
Conductor
James Ehnes
Violin
Dresdner Philharmonie

Biographies

Sir Donald Runnicles

Conductor

Sir Donald Runnicles has been General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin (DOB) since 2009, Music Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival since 2005 and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra in its last season since 2001. Runnicles has also been Principal Guest Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra since 2019, the first orchestra ever to do so. He is Conductor Emeritus of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, having served as Principal Conductor from 2009 to 2016.

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James Ehnes

James Ehnes has established himself as one of the most sought-after musicians on the international stage. Gifted with a rare combination of stunning virtuosity, serene lyricism and an unfaltering musicality, Ehnes is a favourite guest at the world’s most
celebrated concert halls.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Top class!
That is the claim of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra. The orchestra stands for concerts at the highest artistic level, musical education for all ages and looking beyond the musical horizon. Guest performances on almost every continent and collaborations with guests from all over the world have established the reputation of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the international classical music world.  

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