Concerts by the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Ten symphony concerts organised by the Frankfurter Museums-Gesellschaft e.V with the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester in the main auditorium at the Alte Oper.

127 years ago a young conductor called Richard Strauss stood on the podium in front of the Museums Orchestra for the first time. During the next fifty years he returned regularly to Frankfurt and conducted his own works, not his operas, but symphonic music, in Museums Concerts. Two of his tone poems, Also sprach Zarathustra and Ein Heldeneben, received their world premieres here. But this is not the only reason that Frankfurt, with complete justification, can call itself, alongside Munich, Berlin and Dresden, a Strauss city. To remember the composer's intense sense of affinity with the city and the Museum we are recording all his symphonic works, played in Museums Concerts, to celebrate what would have been his 150th birthday in 2014. So, in this way, bit by bit, you can take Museums Concerts home with you! This season you can hear his two symphonic poems Don Juan and Tod und Verklärung/Death and Transfiguration. But Strauss was not the only one, Peter Tchaikovsky also conducted concerts in the »Museum« - a reason to schedule his sixth symphony, the Pathétique. Yes, in former times composers were glad to conduct their own works if orchestras invited them to do so. Today one cannot know for certain whether audiences come to concerts because there is a particular work they want to hear or whether it is a famous conductor that has drawn them. This is something important to the Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder: he wants to make a wider public curious about new music. We have therefore commissioned this man, who lives in New York and loves to play jazz, to write a piece for a Museums Concert. Have you ever heard music for string quartet and orchestra? Come to the Alte Oper on December 14th or 15th for a pre-christmas surprise!Guest artists this season include experienced conductors like Lothar Zagrosek and Markus Stenz and newcomers - Johannes Moser, Daniel Hope and Jean-Yves Thibaudet – and young artists, like Martin Helmchen and Kit Armstrong. Our series of ten concerts, each played twice, offers a mixture of favourites by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, and discoveries - music by Hans Rott and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, who continued the Viennese tradition is very different ways, and music from Russia, Spain and France. Frankfurt's choirs are taking part in one of the season's highlights: Mahler's Resurrection Symphony. A conductor, who also composed!
The Opern- und Museumsorchestra and I look forward to being allowed to make music for you.

Sebastian Weigle.
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