Bamberg Symphony's 2019/2020 concert season has been announced by principal conductor Jakub Hrůša and Chief Executive Marcus Rudolf Axt, following the theme of "Memory".
Sounds, notes and melodies – music can stir and evoke powerful memories in all of us.
However, music as an art-form contains its own memories through its illustrious compositional history, and this venerable chronicle will accompany us through the orchestra's 2019/2020 programme. From Alban Berg’s violin concerto “To the memory of an angel”, Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations” and Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition", the season's theme shines through in many diverse aspects. In total, Bamberg Symphony's programme contains 77 works by 37 composers, including three world premieres. At the start of his fourth season as the orchestra's principal conductor, Jakub Hrůša likes to reflect on his early days in the city: "Here in Bamberg, I have the great feeling of being in the right place at the right time."
This feeling ensures that the concerts in Bavaria's best concert hall in Bamberg, are always real highlights, but it also allows for the conductor and orchestra to leave their familiar surroundings behind and explore the world. In 2019/20, concert tours will take the "world orchestra” to China, Spain and Poland among other countries, as well as to various locations within Germany, from Baden-Baden and Frankfurt to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, as Bavaria’s cultural ambassador. At present, the orchestra is on tour in Prague, Zurich, Amsterdam and London, playing Smetana’s “Má vlast” under the baton of Jakub Hrůša.
As the season's featured artist, the coveted cellist Sol Gabetta will present the diverse facets of her craft alongside the orchestra not only in Bamberg itself but also on tour in Spain.
Besides cello concertos by Shostakovich, Elgar, and Weinberg, whose 100th birthday will be commemorated, her residency will also focus particularly on a chamber concert with members of the orchestra.
There is yet another composer whose memory Bamberg Symphony will celebrate in 2020, the 250th anniversary of his birth: Ludwig van Beethoven! Under principal conductor Jakub Hrůša, Beethoven’s individual symphonies will be combined with another symphonic work to accentuate Beethoven’s influence within music history. Last but not least, the world of music is anticipating the 6th “Mahler Competition”, the most important international conducting competition, which will be held in Bamberg in June 2020.