Staatskapelle Dresden to Kick Off U.S. Tour Oct. 23

Classic Arts Features   Staatskapelle Dresden to Kick Off U.S. Tour Oct. 23
The Staatskapelle Dresden, one of the world's distinguished orchestra, will begin a nine-city tour North American tour that will span both coasts.


British conductor Daniel Harding will lead the nearly 500-year-old ensemble in a program by the German Romantic and Classical Composers Schumann, Beethoven and Brahms. Viennese super star pianist Rudolf Buchbinder will serve as soloist in this thrilling program. New Yorkers are in for a special treat as Deborah Voigt will perform Beethoven's challenging aria "Ah! Perfido".

Founded in 1548 by Elector Moritz of Saxony, it is not only one of the oldest orchestras in the world, but it may well be the only one which has continuously played for more than four and a half centuries. Heinrich Sch‹tz knew in the middle of the 17th century that it may shine forth and be praised as a light among Protestant chapels. Jean Jacques Rousseau characterized the orchestra as "...the one with the most balanced forces and the most perfect ensemble". In 1823, in one of Beethoven's conversation booklets is stated: "It is generally said that the Dresden Hofkapelle is the best orchestra in Europe." For Richard Wagner it was a "miraculous harp", and Richard Strauss called it "the best opera orchestra in the world." Seiji Ozawa, after recording "Salome" in 1991, said, " This orchestra is a dream", and for Sir Colin Davis it is "the most individual orchestra".


Saturday, October 23, 8:00 PM
Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
1 Shield Avenue
Davis, California 95616

Sunday, October 24, 7:00 PM
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
Box-Office 415-864-6000

Tuesday, October 26, 8:00 PM
The Granada Theater (Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts)
1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
The Granada box office at 805-899-2222

Tuesday, October 27
Segerstrom Hall
Orange County Performing Arts Center
615 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA
Box-Office: 949-553-3422 x229

Thursday, October 28 at 8:00PM
Copley Symphony Hall
1245 7th Avenue
San Diego California 92101
Box-Office: 619-235-0804

Sunday, October 31, 3:00 PM
Avery Fisher Hall
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
New York, NY 10023
Box-office-212-875-5000 or 212-875-5140

Monday, November 1, 8:00 PM
Avery Fisher Hall
"Ah! Perfido" op.65
(Soprano: Deborah Voigt)
Soloist: Rudolf Buchbinder, Pianist

Tuesday, November 2 at 8:00 PM
Verizon Hall
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pa.19102

Wednesday, November 3, 8:00 PM
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Concert Hall
700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC
Box-Office 202-467-4600


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