An American in Paris

Into the New Year with the Dresden Philharmonic!

About the Concert

Our New Year's Eve concerts are usually upbeat, as is the case this time when Thomas Guggeis and the Dresden Philharmonic bid farewell to the old year. They begin with a kind of Rush Hour, Gershwin's musical depiction of the Champs Élysées full of the roar of motors, honking horns and frenzied hustle and bustle. It continues with mambo, jazz and rock'n'roll from Bernstein's West Side Story. And we stay right in America: Rachmaninoff describes a whole day on Long Island in his Symphonic Dances and was so taken with them himself that he called them his best work.


George Gershwin
"An American in Paris" tone poem for orchestra

Leonard Bernstein
"Symphonic Dances" from "West Side Story"

Sergei Rachmaninov
"Symphonic Dances"


Thomas Guggeis
Axel Köhler
Dresdner Philharmonie


Thomas Guggeis

Thomas Guggeis caused an international sensation in March 2018 when he stepped in at short notice for the premiere of Salome at the Berlin State Opera and was subsequently appointed Staatskapellmeister from the 2019/20 season. Trained in Munich and Milan, the conductor initially went to the Stuttgart State Opera as Kapellmeister from 2018 to 2020 after assisting at the Berlin State Opera, where he conducted such works as La Bohème, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Madama Butterfly, Der Prinz von Homburg and Der Freischütz.

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Axel Köhler

The singer, director and artistic director Axel Köhler has been Rector of the Stuttgart State University of Music and Performing Arts since December 2023. From 2019 to 2023, he held the same position at the Carl Maria von Weber University of Music Dresden.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

Top Class!

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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