Staatsorchester Braunschweig Musicians

The Staatsorchester Braunschweig (Braunschweig State Orchestra) is one of the founding members of "Orchester des Wandels Deutschland e.V." (Orchestras of Change Germany). Its musicians were quickly inspired by the idea that responsible and forward-looking topics such as climate and nature protection should be brought into society and urban culture through concerts that appeal to the senses.

The musicians are therefore motivated to plan various concerts on the topic of climate, environmental and nature protection and, in addition to supporting the Madagascar Project, have established contact with several climate protection projects in and around Braunschweig.

Originating from the court orchestra of Duke Julius of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, founded in 1587, the Braunschweig State Orchestra is one of the oldest cultural orchestras in the world and has since developed into a modern opera and symphony orchestra which, in addition to the classical repertoire, feels equally at home in historical performance practice as in film festivals or new music.

We musicians have come to the conclusion that, aware of our traditions and the richness of our musical repertoire, we must now take action in view of the threat posed by climate change.

It is our concern to bring support for sustainability and climate protection into the city culture and especially the younger generation. For example, the JUNGES! Staatstheater, together with the State Orchestra, has developed its own climate concert series, including concerts for children and adults in the exhibition rooms of the Natural History Museum.


Climate Concerts of the Staatsorchester Braunschweig

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Past Climate Concerts of the Staatsorchester Braunschweig

03. March 2024
The North Drift- Plastic in the Currents

Braunschweig, 7:30 p.m. What does Smetana's “Moldau” have to do with plastic waste from Germany in the Arctic Ocean? Musicians from the Staatsorchester Braunschweig explore this question in their musical accompaniment to the film “The North Drift – Plastic in the Currents”.

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24. September 2023
Braunschweig Apple Day

Braunschweig, 2:00 p.m. Experience the orchard in tango fever! At the Braunschweig Apple Day, the fruit gatherers on bikes are awaited by the cool apple press with fiery tango music. A quartet of musicians from the Braunschweig State Orchestra play music by Astor Piazolla and Mozart, supported by a colleague drumming the appropriate Argentinian rhythms with his cajon.

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25. March 2023
Chamber Music for the Climate

Braunschweig, 4:00 p.m. Benefit concert for the "Urwald Project" in Braunschweig-Hondelage in cooperation with the parish of St. Katharinen. Musicians from the Braunschweig State Orchestra enchant the audience with Brahms Piano Quartet in G minor and the Trio Élégiaque by Sergej Rachmaninoff.

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31. October 2022
Ode to the Earth

Braunschweig, 8:00 p.m. The Staatsorchester Braunschweig performs on Reformation Day its first climate concert on the large stage of the State Theater. The juxtaposition of prosperous and beautiful nature in Beethoven's Pastorale and Semtana's Moldau contrasted with live images of the earth from the International Space Station and texts from the ICCP (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is intended to make it clear: nature, as Beethoven and Smetana found it, is being destroyed more and more rapidly.

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10. July 2022
KlimArt - Concerts and Climate Mile

Magnikirche Braunschweig, 12 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Forests are dying, rivers and soils are drying up, and biodiversity is declining. It's time to act! With the KlimArt summer festival, the Climate Mile and 3 concerts, the Staatsorchester Braunschweig is drawing attention to the problems caused by climate change in the region and beyond.

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09. July 2022
"This is my creation!"

St. Magni Church Braunschweig, 5:00 p.m. In this climate concert with musicians from the Staatsorchester Braunschweig, Beethoven’s Septet (“Creation”) is the programmatic focus and is framed by a serenade for bassoon and string quintet by Jean Françaix and a jazzy piece for clarinet and cello by Svante Henryson.

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28. May 2022
Three Seasons and Tabula rasa

Staatstheater Braunschweig, Main Hall, 1:00 pm. Concertmaster Felix Gutgesell interprets three seasons by Antonio Vivaldi with musicians of the orchestra. Instead of “winter”, the movement “Silentio” from Arvo Pärt's “Tabula Rasa” will be performed, creating a special atmosphere with contemplative sounds of silence, simplicity and the ringing of bells.

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