Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra Hangzhou Concert

Time: 24th May, 19:30
Venue: HangZhou Grand Theatre 杭州大剧院. 66 ZhiJiang Dong Road 之江东路66号
Ticket price: 1599, 999, 699, 399, 299, 199 yuan

The Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the most innovative and flexible ensembles of its kind in Germany. With an extraordinarily broad repertoire, an impressive number of CDs under its belt, and a breath-taking range of concerts each year, the orchestra of the German Public Radio of Hessen has built up an outstanding international reputation since its foundation more than 75 years ago. A regular collaborator with the world’s best conductors and soloists, it is equally at home unearthing old, nearly forgotten repertoire as it is in exploring new, experimental music. It also sees children and youth work as one of its top priorities.

It was the orchestra’s first conductor in 1929, Hans Rosbaud, with his emphasis on both traditional romantic repertoire and contemporary music, who forged the path the orchestra has trodden ever since. Following the end of World War II, Kurt Schröder and Winfried Zillig set about rebuilding the orchestra, but it was Dean Dixon, Eliahu Inbal, Dmitri Kitaenko and Hugh Wolff, who have established and carried on the orchestra’s truly international reputation in subsequent decades. Estonian-born Paavo Järvi has been the new Chief Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra since 2006. Järvi is one of the prominent conductors of his generation and musical variety will again be one of the watchwords of his tenureship. Under his baton, the orchestra continues to enjoy an outstanding reputation worldwide.


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