The Philharmonisches Orchester Landestheater Coburg (Philharmonic Orchestra of the Regional Theater Coburg) holds a long history of tradition. The existence of the orchestra, once founded as the "Herzoglich Coburg-Gothaische Hoftheater-Kapelle", can be seamlessly traced back to the year 1714. The historical significance of the Landestheater Coburg stood out when the Philharmonic Orchestra made a guest appearance at Cadogan Hall in London in May 2019 under the direction of long-time General Music Director Roland Kluttig to mark the 200th birthdays of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. In February 2021, the position of General Music Director was taken over by the Australian conductor Daniel Carter, whose inaugural concert was the first climate concert of the orchestra.
True to Coburg's city motto "Values and Change", the Philharmonic exemplifies a balance between tradition and innovation: in addition to the current opera, operetta, musical and ballet productions of the Landestheater, the Philharmonic offers a concert series with seven symphony concerts per season, a chamber music series as well as various special concerts such as the New Year's Concert or the Classical Open Air in the Rose Garden. At the same time, the Philharmonic Orchestra invests in its audience of tomorrow and offers many new and innovative concepts in the area of music education/youth work, such as "COmpose", "Symphonic mob" or the "Join-in Concert".
As a founding member of Orchester des Wandels Deutschland e.V., the orchestra is dedicated to climate protection. To this end, it has initiated its own climate concert series under the direction of the new GMD Daniel Carter, in which nature conservation and environmental protection are to play a central role. In addition, the theater's considerable construction projects (general renovation, new "Globe Theater" building) are increasingly focusing on aspects of sustainability and the conservation of resources. Thus, wood as a CO2-neutral building material is the central planning element in the new construction of the "Globe", whereby only FSC-certified and domestic woods as well as products and services awarded the "Blue Angel" certificate are used.
The Orchester des Wandels initiative has been positively received at the Landestheater Coburg. With support from the theater, the new "Climate Concerts" series and a strong commitment to climate protection, the Philharmonic Orchestra Landestheater Coburg would like to ensure that nature conservation and environmental protection are not only important for the theater audience but also for the entire population in the region.
Upcoming concerts as part of the climate initiative, whereby a "climate euro" is added to each ticket:
1st Coburg Climate Concert: "Review and Outlook" on October 10th and 11th, 2021
World music concert: April 30th and May 2nd, 2022