Orchestra Concert

Mendelssohn's Scottish

A new work by our Composer in Residence and the 3rd Symphony by Mendelssohn


Saturday | 11/11/2023
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 € Young People

About the Concert

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She is four when she starts composing. At 12, she writes her first opera. Our Composer in Residence Lera Auerbach began early to see her life and art as one. Yet music was and is only one part of her creative work. She is also known as a poet, visual artist and performer. Her Sixth Symphony also shows her commitment: this moving, large-scale symphonic work was inspired by Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese Vice Consul in Lithuania, who saved thousands of Jewish refugees during the Second World War, and is dedicated to him and all those who risked their lives to help Jewish people during the Holocaust.  Lera Auerbach was asked to write the work by the renowned Japanese-American-Israeli cellist Kristina Reiko Cooper.  Ms Cooper's husband's father, Irving Rosen, was the recipient of one of the thousands of visas Sugihara issued.
Commissioned by the International Holocaust Memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem and the American Society for Yad Vashem, the result is a sound world all its own that stirs and moves the listener on many levels.
Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony seems to be the complete opposite, speaking musically of untouched nature, of the barren and beautiful landscape of Scotland, which deeply impressed the young Mendelssohn. But here, too, there is a double bottom, so to speak: for Mendelssohn was inspired during a visit to Mary Stuart's castle. The Scottish queen had to flee her country and was later executed - she was suspected of high treason...


Lera Auerbach
Symphony No. 6 "Vessels of Light" for violoncello, choir and orchestra (2022, DEA)

Libretto by Lera Auerbach based on Yiddish poetry
(commissioned by Yad Vashem - The World Holocaust Remembrance Center on the occasion of the 70th anniversary, and The American Society of Yad Vashem)

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Symphony No. 3 in A minor "Scottish" (1829-1842)


François Leleux
Kristina Reiko-Cooper
Prager Philharmonischer Chor
Dresdner Philharmonie


Kristina Reiko-Cooper

Japanese-American cello virtuoso, Kristina Reiko Cooper, has won worldwide acclaim for her musical diversity, artistry, and charismatic stage presence.

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Dresdner Philharmonie

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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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