Leipzig’s Gewandhausorchester kicks off its Festival Tour 2019

Andris Nelsons promotes GHO on tour

Leipzig's Gewandhausorchester is the world's most widely travelled classical music ensemble. That tradition is being kept actively alive under the leadership of its new Music Director and chief conductor Andris Nelsons.

Key Takeaways

  • The Festival Tour performs in Germany, the UK, Switzerland and Austria
  • A highlight is a BBC Proms performance in London’s Royal Albert Hall
  • Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G is featured in Lucerne

The oldest civic symphony orchestra in the world is setting off for its summer Festival Tour. Under the baton of chief conductor Andris Nelsons, the Gewandhausorchester will perform in venues ranging from the Royal Albert Hall in London to the Culture and Congress Center in Lucerne, Switzerland and the Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg, Austria.

As part of the BBC Proms series, the Gewandhaus Orchestra returns to London under its new Music Director Andris Nelsons. At the heart of their program is Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 – a work the composer considered ‘the most significant movement of my life’. The evening opens with an organ reciteal by Michael Schonheit, presenting the meticulous detail of Bach in a series of solo organ works including the renowned chorale ‘Wachet auf’.

As the tour continues on to Lucerne, Switzerland, the featured works will be Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Claude Debussy’s La Mer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G and The Firebird Suite by Igor Strawinski.

Touring is a logistics feat

As Official Logistics Partner to the Gewandhausorchester, DHL is proud to also be the Presenting Partner of the upcoming autumn tour in October. Performances are scheduled in Vienna, Lugano and Stuttgart from October 19 – 24. Ahead of each concert, DHL transports six tons of freight including everything from the unique and irreplaceable instruments, to music stands and the musicians’ wardrobe. DHL uses temperature-controlled transport solutions to ensure a safe and timely delivery, enabling every tour to run smoothly.

The collaboration between the Gewandhausorchester and DHL began in 2005 but goes far beyond the mere logistics of touring. The two companies share many common values and work together on social projects that impact local communities. For example, as part of their educational projects, the Gewandhausorchester and DHL regularly organize special "Meet the Artist" events, allowing young people a unique opportunity to access classical music more easily. 

Keep an eye on InMotion for more updates on the autumn and spring touring plans of one the greatest orchestras of all time.


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