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President Frank-Walter Steinmeier to Attend a Joint Concert by the Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra

October 22, 2019

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On October 31, Wunderbar Together will celebrate the official end of the Year of German-American Friendship with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier with a joint concert by the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Boston.  The concert will be the first of three performances featuring the two world-renowned orchestras taking place during Leipzig Week in Boston.

The concerts are the result of an unprecedented alliance between the GHO and the BSO led by Andris Nelsons, conductor of the GHO and music director of the BSO. This is the first time ever that two world renowned orchestras have been led by the same conductor. The joint performance will also be making history as the first concert featuring two orchestras of this stature on a single stage. In addition to this year’s Leipzig Week in Boston, both orchestras will be coming together for a Boston Week in Leipzig. The exchange also includes newly commissioned works and exchanges between musicians from the two orchestras and their academies.

The three joint concerts will use music to celebrate German-American Friendship and the strong ties developed between the two groups. Before the joint concerts, the Gewandhausorchester will be playing two additional solo shows in Boston to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution. This is an especially meaningful anniversary for the Gewandhausorchester, as Leipzig was one of the largest cities in the former German Democratic Republic and the cradle of the peaceful revolution.

After this series of concerts, the Gewandhaus Wind Quintet will remain in the United States for four concerts in other cities as a part of Wunderbar Together. The quintet, which is among the oldest existing chamber formations of its kind in the world, will be playing works by Bach, Mozart, Bartholdy, and Dvořák in Houston, Kansas, St. Paul, and Washington, DC.

The strong partnership between the GHO and the BSO dates back to the 19th century, when the founder of the BSO appointed the Leipzig-educated Georg Henschel as Chief Conductor. The two cities continued their artistic cooperation for decades. Find out more about the partnership and upcoming performances here!

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