Since its foundation in 1897, the Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Hanseatic City of Lübeck) has enriched musical life in the city of ‘the seven towers on the Baltic Sea’. The orchestra has its home in the most beautiful art nouveau theater in northern Germany. With its full range of opera and concert repertoire, as well as award-winning productions such as Richard Wagner's "Ring des Nibelungen" under Roman Brogli-Sacher (Echo Klassik DVD), Theater Lübeck has earned an outstanding reputation beyond the region.
A host of distinguished names such as Wilhelm Furtwängler, Eugen Jochum and Christoph von Dohnányi can be found among its former general music directors. In 2019, Stefan Vladar took over as chief conductor. Since 1994, the orchestra has performed its symphony concerts in the Musik-und Kongresshalle Lübeck, which meets the highest acoustic standards. In addition to concerts for children and young people, the orchestra performs chamber concerts in historic halls and museums in Lübeck's old town.
In order to strengthen the musical culture in their city, the members of the orchestra founded the Philharmonic Society Lübeck/Lübecker Philharmoniker e.V. in 2005. This unique initiative involves volunteers in music education for children and young people, the orchestra academy in cooperation with Lübeck University of Music and Lübeck church music. The association organizes special and benefit concerts, establishes and deepens contacts with other cultural institutions and supports its own theater as well as musical projects in Lübeck with membership fees and donations.
We see climate protection as an essential part of our cultural mission. By joining Orchester des Wandels, the Lübecker Philharmoniker wishes to support and shape necessary social change.
In this way, new concert formats are to be initiated for Lübeck that combine musical diversity, quality and originality with the topic of climate and environmental protection and encourage the audience to reflect. The first climate concert will take place in June 2021 in cooperation with the Museum für Natur und Umwelt (Museum for Nature and the Environment). In addition, there is a standing collaboration with the "Grüne Beckergrube" initiative, an urban gardening project in the immediate vicinity of the theater that is committed to a sustainable change in traffic in Lübeck's city center