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Press Releases from Mahler Chamber Orchestra e.V. (36 total)

The MCO on tour in South America: Concerts and Educational Projects in Colombia …

A special tour takes the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) to the South American countries Colombia and Brazil in November 2010. Under the baton of Colombian conductor Andrés Orozco-Estrada, the orchestra will prepare a programme with works by Schubert, Mozart, Schittke and Haydn. Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Schnittke’s Moz-Art à la Haydn offer MCO musicians Konstantin Pfiz (cello), Gregory Ahss (violin; concertmaster) and Eoin Andersen (violin) a good opportunity

The MCO opens the season at its Italian residence Ferrara under the direction of …

In autumn of 2010, as every year, the MCO returns to its Italian residence city Ferrara to open the concert season there. The event features the orchestra in its very first collaboration with Italian conductor Fabio Luisi and soprano Marlis Petersen. The programme includes Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no.4 and Alban Berg’s concert aria Der Wein. The MCO will then travel to Spain to repeat this program in

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra's Fall Tour

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) takes two very different programmes to this year’s autumn festival at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden. Principal Conductor Daniel Harding will lead a concert version of Verdi’s Otello starring Anja Harteros, Ben Heppner and Franco Vassallo. This programme will then go on tour to Luxembourg (3 October), Dortmund (6 October) and Paris (9 October). Another high point is a concert with Kent Nagano on 2 October in Baden-Baden,

Slavonic Night: The MCO, Tugan Sokhiev and Viktoria Mullova in Santiago de Compo …

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) summer tour to Santiago de Compostela and Grafenegg will feature an all-Slavic programme under the direction of Tugan Sokhiev. The MCO has collaborated with the young Russian conductor several times: the first time in 2004 for a production of Prokofiev’s The Love For Three Oranges, which later appeared on DVD. This summer’s programme features Alexander Borodin’s In the Steppes of Central Asia, Sergei Prokofiev’s Violin

Cultures in dialogue: The Mahler Chamber Orchestra gives its debut at the Athens …

Of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, only the third is in a minor key, an aspect which leads to frequent comparisons with Mozart’s Piano Concertos KV 466 and 491. Mozart’s innovations in the genre were further developed by Beethoven, in that he treats piano and orchestra as equal counterparts operating on the same level. Beethoven’s Symphony no.7 in A major from the year 1813 is often viewed in a political-historical context:

For Gustav Mahler’s 150th Birthday: A television celebration in his birthplace …

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) honours its namesake on 7 July with an open air concert under the baton of Manfred Honeck. The MCO concert, which will feature internationally renowned singers Thomas Hampson, Anne Sofie von Otter and Marita Sølberg, is the high point of the celebration, and will be broadcast live on television and on the internet all over Europe. The day-long birthday celebration will be filmed and broadcast by

The Violin Summit: The Mahler Chamber Orchestra accompanies 3 star violinists un …

On 4 July, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns to the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden with a new force of internationally renowned young artists. The orchestra and conductor Constantinos Carydis will accompany the violinists Baiba Skride, Lisa Batiashvili und Alina Pogostkina in a programme of violin concertos. The SWR will record the concert for ARTE and will broadcast the concertos individually throughout the year. A short film of the evening’s highlights will

Symphony on the Streets: The Mahler Chamber Orchestra plays for the Reconstructi …

On Saturday, 12 June 2010, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will give a one-of-a-kind charity concert: under the baton of Andrew Manze and the auspices of “World Busk,” the orchestra will perform works by Mozart, on the streets of Vienna, for the rebuilding of music schools in Haiti. The street music will take place at 18:30 in the MuseumsQuartier of Vienna. The donations will be given to the “Instrumental Change”

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra performs Wozzeck under the direction of Daniel Hard …

At the beginning of May, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) travels to Vienna to start rehearsals on Alban Berg’s first operatic work Wozzeck as part of the Wiener Festwochen 2010. Musical direction is in the hands of Principal Conductor Daniel Harding, and the production is staged by Stepháne Braunschweig. The main roles will be sung by Georg Nigl and Angela Denoke. The orchestra has been a regular guest at the

Claudio Abbado and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra perform works by Beethoven and R …

To usher in the spring, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will return to Ferrara and Reggio Emilia with Claudio Abbado. Orchestra and conductor are equally at home in these cities: Since he suggested that the ensemble become the orchestra-in-residence in 1998, Claudio Abbado conducts the MCO in the Teatro Comunale di Ferrara at least once a year. Their last joint appearance was in April 2009. This year, Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on

Esa-Pekka Salonen makes his debut with the MCO in Ferrara, performing the Italia …

On 12 March 2010, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra will perform its first concert with Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in its Italian residence Ferrara. The programme comprises Gustav Mahler’s 1st symphony and Salonen’s own Violin Concerto, composed 2009. The soloist will be Leila Josefowicz, to whom the work is dedicated and who premiered the piece with great success in Los Angeles in April 2009. The evening will begin with Mahler’s 1st Symphony.

The young British conductor Edward Gardner replaces Seiji Ozawa in the upcoming …

Following the unfortunate news of Seiji Ozawa’s illness and his subsequent cancellation of all appearances in the first half of this year, British conductor Edward Gardner has now been confirmed as his replacement for the concerts in Cologne, Dortmund and Ferrara. The young music director of the English National Opera, considered one of the most promising young talents of his generation, gives his debut with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO)

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra performs works by Mozart, Kurtág and Beethoven und …

Berlin, 13 January 2010 – The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns to the Salzburg Mozart Week at the end of January, where it was orchestra in residence from 2005 to 2007. Once again, the festival’s main focus, alongside the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is contemporary music: György Kurtág, one of the most important composers of our time, has been invited to help design programmes in which his music encounters

First MCO Academy Concerts under the Direction of Daniel Harding in Cologne and …

At the end of October, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns to its residence in North Rhine-Westphalia to rehearse and perform its first programme together with students of the Orchesterzentrum|NRW. Under the direction of Daniel Harding, this concert, the first of the so-called MCO Academy Concerts, will be performed in the Cologne Philharmonic (Nov 2) and at the KONZERTHAUS DORTMUND (Nov 3). The programme features Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, one

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra participates in the first EU conference on the topi …

On 25 and 26 October, representatives of culture, business and politics come together at the University of Ferrara to discuss questions of cultural development and European identity in times of crisis. The conference will promote an exchange about how art and culture can survive the current economic crisis for the long term. The forum was created by the University of Ferrara and the CRUI Foundation (Conference of Italian University Rectors)

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra opens the season at its Italian residence in Ferrar …

BERLIN, 13 October 2009 – In October 2009, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) travels to Ferrara for its annual series of season-opening concerts. This year, the autumn period is made up of three concerts, including a concert performance of Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde with Waltraud Meier in the title role. Chamber music concerts are also planned in cooperation with the concert promoter Ferrara Musica and the Torrione Jazz Club

THE MAHLER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA GIVES ITS DEBUT AT THE BEETHOVENFEST BONN UNDER THE …

On 3 October, the musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) give their debut at the Beethovenfest Bonn under the direction of Kent Nagano. The performance, featuring works of Beethoven, Strauss and Brahms, is both the final concert of this year’s festival and also the MCO’s first symphony concert under the baton of the American conductor. The Beethovenfest focuses its attention each year between the end of August and the

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra gives its Chinese debut under the direction of Tan …

Beijing is the destination of the tour that the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will undertake as the core of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA (LFO) with Claudio Abbado in connection with the LUCERNE FESTIVAL Summer. A joint tour of LFO and MCO has been a tradition since 2005, and the orchestras have already travelled together to Rome, Vienna, Tokyo, and New York. The musicians will give five concerts at the Grand

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra starts off the 2009/10 season with its yearly visit …

At the beginning of August, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns to Lucerne, where it performs under Claudio Abbado, George Benjamin, Daniel Harding and Thomas Hengelbrock at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL SOMMER. The LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA (LFO), with the MCO at its core and centre, opens the festival on 12 August. The next evening, George Benjamin conducts the MCO in its usual formation. Further LFO concerts follow on 14 and 15

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra makes its debut at the Munich Opera Festival with B …

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) is making its very first appearance at the Munich Opera Festival at the Bayerische Staatsoper this year. All three performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, conducted by Kent Nagano and staged by Schorsch Kamerun, sold out in a short time. In addition, the ensemble, as one of the festival’s few guest orchestras, is presenting a programme of works by Richard Wagner, Ferruccio Busoni and

With a refreshing mixture of classical and modern, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra …

Directly following their appearance at the Arts Festival of North Norway, the musicians of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will travel to the 62nd Aldeburgh Festival. Here, they will present works by Györgi Ligeti, Joseph Haydn and Sir Harrison Birtwistle under the expert direction of Susanna Mälkki and featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard on the piano. A second programme will be directed by Aimard and will feature works by Haydn, Stockhausen and

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra plays the opening concert of the Arts Festival of N …

After a successful debut at the Fespillene i Nord-Norge in 2008, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) was once again invited to the festival, and will lead its audience on an eerily exciting tour of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The composer HK Gruber will conduct his own work Frankenstein!! Ein Pandämonium für Chansonnier und Orchester, as well as Kurt Weill’s sieben Todsünden (The Seven Deadly Sins). Another

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra renews General Manager Andreas Richter’s contract …

The MCO and its General Manger Andreas Richter will continue their successful collaboration in the future: they have renewed the General Manager’s contract, which expires in March 2010, to 2013. “I am delighted about this affirmation of my work and understand it as a gesture of approval to continue on the path on which we — the musicians of the orchestra, and my colleagues — have started” commented the old —

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra opens the Whitsun Festival in Baden-Baden with Webe …

A year after the celebrated performances of Beethoven’s Fidelio at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) returns with another opera production. Der Freischütz, as interpreted by the MCO and Thomas Hengelbrock, will open this year’s Whitsun Festival. The orchestra will present a further high-point of German Romantic music in a concert featuring Schumann’s Symphony no.3 in E-flat major op.97 in addition to selected works of Mozart. Since 2002,

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s residence in North Rhine-Westphalia will be ina …

On 17 March 2009, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) residence in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), which begins in May, was officially announced by the state secretary for culture of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Hans Heinrich Grosse-Brockhoff, the president of the Arts Foundation of NRW, Dr. Fritz Schaumann, as well as the directors of the three participating concert halls in Dortmund, Essen and Cologne, and the MCO. Together with the

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and its founder Claudio Abbado play concerts in Fer …

Directly after playing concerts in Bologna and Cremona with Daniel Harding, the orchestra will travel to Ferrara and Reggio Emilia to work on a new project with Claudio Abbado. Orchestra and conductor are equally at home in both cities. Claudio Abbado, the founder and current honorary president of the concert production agency Ferrara Musica, suggested that the MCO become the orchestra in residence in 1998, granting the ensemble its first

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra tours with Daniel Harding in northern Italy

The orchestra gives its debut performance at the Budapest Spring Festival Schumann, Brahms and Beethoven are on the program of the spring tour that takes the orchestra from Parma and Pistoia to Cremona and Bologna and all the way to Budapest. Principal Conductor Daniel Harding will lead the concerts; soloist for the first half of the tour will be Hélène Grimaud and for the second half Fazil Say. Robert Schumann’s only

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra takes on a residence in North Rhine-Westphalia, Ger …

From May 2009, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will be orchestra-in-residence in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The concert halls in Dortmund, Essen and Cologne will be the venues of the residence, which will be sponsored by the Art Foundation NRW (Kunststiftung NRW) and the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with the concert halls and the Orchesterzentrum NRW in Dortmund, the MCO is planning top-notch operas and concerts and professional training

Le Mahler Chamber Orchestra à Ludwigshafen et à Caen avec Tugan Sokhiev

Durant la deuxième quinzaine de janvier, le Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) part pour une courte tournée à Ludwigshafen (19 janvier) au Ferienabendhaus de la BASF, puis à Caen au Théâtre de la Ville (21 janvier). Au programme, des oeuvres de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Igor Stravinsky, Richard Strauss et Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. À la baguette, Tugan Sokhiev ; soliste de ces deux soirées, l’hautboiste Albrecht Mayer. L’entreprise chimique BASF est liée au

Premiere of the Deutsche Welle documentary series “Orchestra on tour” about …

During a recent project, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra was accompanied by a team from DEUTSCHE WELLE TV which filmed and produced a documentary about the orchestra and its concert tour to Ferrara, Cologne, Thessaloniki and Athens. The documentary will be broadcast as a 6-part series on the cultural program euromaxx from 24 to 29 November. The program will be shown several times each day in German and English. The camera

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra returns to Ferrara and tours Germany and Greece

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) will return once again to its Ferrara residence in the second half of October. During its two-week stay there, the orchestra will play three symphonic concerts and a chamber music concert to celebrate the beginning of the semester at the University of Ferrara. The first concert, which will also be the season opener for the concert agency Ferrara Musica, will be conducted by the Japanese

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra opens the 2008/09 season with its annual appearance …

At the beginning of August, the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) travels once again to Lucerne where it will perform at the LUCERNE FESTIVAL SOMMER under the direction of Claudio Abbado, Heinz Holliger, and Daniel Harding. The internationally renowned festival opens on 13 August with a concert of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ORCHESTRA (LFO). The MCO serves as core and center of the LFO at the request of MCO founder Claudio Abbado.

Daniel Harding leads the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Violinist Isabelle Faust i …

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO) today announced its tour of Italy in February and March 2008. Concerts in Pavia (7 February) and Torino (8 February) mark the first part of the tour, with MCO Music Director Daniel Harding conducting an all-Dvořák programme featuring the Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 7. MCO\'s Italy tour will be continued in March, when the ensemble will perform concerts in Cremona (10 March), Bologna (11

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra and its founder Claudio Abbado appear for two conce …

Immediately following their concert series together in South America, Claudio Abbado and the MCO begin their next joint project. The first concert will take place on 30 March in Ferrara, one of the orchestra’s residencies, including Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, Prokofiev’s 3rd piano concerto and the rarely performed violin concerto by Kurt Weill. Soloists will be Kolja Blacher and Martha Argerich, with whom the MCO last performed in 2003 in

Andreas Richter takes over the General Management of the Mahler Chamber Orchestr …

Andreas Richter, who guided the affairs of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester with great success from 2004 to 2007, has a rich history of experience in the arts: After completing his studies in musicology, music education, and protestant theology, he worked as a free-lance journalist and dramaturge for institutions such as the Berliner Tagesspiegel and the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 1996, he moved to the Komische Oper Berlin, where he first worked

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra appears for the third time as orchestra in residenc …

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra starts its anniversary year 2007 with its annual concert series in Salzburg. Orchestra in residence at the Mozartwoche since 2005, this year the orchestra presents a programme that focuses on works by Mozart, but also includes contemporary composers such as Heinz Holliger and György Ligeti. Daniel Harding, MCO music director for almost four years, conducts the first concert, a matinee of works by Mozart, Ligeti and