Beethoven Orchester Bonn

Bringing the reputation of the city of Bonn in Beethoven’s spirit to the world is the guiding principle of the Beethoven Orchester Bonn. One of the main ideas motivating the musicians’ artistic work is the presentation of unusual programmes. A number of recordings are evidence of this, for example the opera ‘Der Golem’ by Eugen d’Albert, which won an ECHO Klassik prize. The ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ and further ECHO Klassik prizes for the recording of the opera ‘Irrelohe’ by Franz Schreker and the recording of Maurice Ravel’s ‘Daphnis et Chloé’ are a pleasant acknowledgement of this commitment.

On 1 October 1907 the city of Bonn signed a contract with which it took the Philharmonisches Orchester Koblenz, founded ten years earlier, and its conductor Heinrich Sauer into its service. And so, after the Kurfürstliche Hofkapelle (Electoral Court Orchestra, the ‘Elector’ being the Elector Archbishop of Cologne, who resided in Bonn) had been disbanded in 1794 the city of Beethoven’s birth finally got its own professional orchestra again in 1907. It is also the orchestra of the Bonn Opera.

Conductors and guest conductors such as Gustav Glassens, Richard Strauss, Max Reger, Volker Wangenheim, Dennis Russell Davies and Kurt Masur established the orchestra as one of the top orchestras in Germany. Between 2008 and 2016 the Swiss conductor Stefan Blunier was in charge of the orchestra as its musical director. Under his charismatic leadership the Beethoven Orchester Bonn won several awards, both for its educational concert projects and for its recordings of operas and symphonic works. For the 2016/17 season the artistic direction of the orchestra lies in the hands of Christof Prick, the acting principal conductor. From August 2017 Dirk Kaftan will take on the role of musical director.

In addition to the orchestra’s operatic and concert activities (approximately 35 concerts and 120 opera performances per season) the children’s and youth work, under the heading ‘Bobbys Klassik’, is an important focal point. In 2009 and 2011 the education programme was also awarded an ECHO Klassik prize.

The Beethoven Orchester Bonn has also been able to confirm its reputation as an outstanding orchestra with tours of Europe, North America, Japan and China.

Beethoven Orchester Bonn beim Beethovenfest

2

September

7

Sat

11:00 am

The ‘Moonlight’ Sonata from a new angle

  • Nike Wagner Speaker
  • Eva Vogel mezzo soprano
  • Přemysl Vojta horn
  • Tobias Koch piano
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Dirk Kaftan Conductor
Works by Giselher Klebe and Hector Berlioz
Universität Bonn, Aula

40

September

26

Thu

8:00 pm

The infinite black

  • Dshamilja Kaiser voice
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Hermes Helfricht Conductor
  • Mark Daniel Hirsch director
Works by Salvatore Sciarrino
Theater Bonn, Werkstatt

46

September

28

Sat

8:00 pm

The infinite black

  • Dshamilja Kaiser voice
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Hermes Helfricht Conductor
  • Mark Daniel Hirsch director
Works by Salvatore Sciarrino
Theater Bonn, Werkstatt

49

September

29

Sun

8:00 pm

The infinite black

  • Dshamilja Kaiser voice
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Hermes Helfricht Conductor
  • Mark Daniel Hirsch director
Works by Salvatore Sciarrino
Theater Bonn, Werkstatt

308

March

20

Fri

8:00 pm

Unprecedented energy

  • Kit Armstrong piano
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Dirk Kaftan Conductor
Works by Bernhard Lang, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms
Oper Bonn

2018

27

September

16

Sun

8:00 pm

‘Politics is fate’

  • Ben Cruchley piano
  • Giorgos Kanaris baritone
  • Leonard Bernad bass baritone
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Christian Georg tenor
  • Seollyeon Konwitschny director
  • Rose Weissgerber soprano
  • Charlotte Quadt alto
  • Hermes Helfricht Conductor
Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Viktor Ullmann
Theater Bonn, Werkstatt

35

September

14

Fri

8:00 pm

For the left hand

  • Alexandre Tharaud piano
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Dirk Kaftan Conductor
Works by Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Maurice Ravel and Gustav Mahler
World Conference Center Bonn, Saal »New York«

18

September

7

Fri

8:00 pm

‘Politics is fate’

  • Ben Cruchley piano
  • Giorgos Kanaris baritone
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Leonard Bernad bass baritone
  • Christian Georg tenor
  • Seollyeon Konwitschny director
  • Rose Weissgerber soprano
  • Charlotte Quadt alto
  • Hermes Helfricht Conductor
Works by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Viktor Ullmann
Theater Bonn, Werkstatt

3

September

1

Sat

11:00 am

‘Egmont’ redivivus

  • Nike Wagner Speaker
  • Markus Meyer narrator
  • Sophia Brommer soprano
  • Beethoven Orchester Bonn
  • Philharmonischer Chor der Stadt Bonn
  • Dirk Kaftan Conductor
Works by Mauricio Kagel, Ludwig van Beethoven and Paul Griffiths
Universität Bonn, Aula