In the cultural sector we must take responsibility and deal with the issues of climate change and environmental protection, as change in thought patterns and behavior in society does not take place without culture. It is the nucleus of new ideas and can convey relevant topics on other levels through language, images and music.
The Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg is a founding member of the Orchester des Wandels Deutschland e.V (Orchestras of Change Germany Association). The musicians have already taken the first step towards climate neutrality by accounting for their CO2 emissions and offsetting them. The most important step will now be to reduce emissions. The opera renovation that lies ahead of us offers here a great opportunity and challenge to reduce energy and resource consumption without restricting the freedom of artistic design.
A necessary step towards effective climate protection is the development of interdisciplinary structures to network all active colleagues in the state theater. For this purpose we have set up a sustainability working group. We will also support regional and global climate protection projects through special concert formats, providing unique experiences through music.
The Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg (Nuremberg State Philharmonic) is the largest orchestra in the Nuremberg metropolitan region and the second largest opera and concert orchestra in Bavaria. Since the 2018/2019 season, Joana Mallwitz has been General Music Director of the State Philharmonic and State Theater in Nuremberg. In addition to around 150 opera and ballet performances by the State Theater every year, the orchestra holds its own concert series with the Philharmonic Concerts in the Meistersingerhalle as well as numerous special projects and concerts. Since 1999, the Staatsphilharmonie, in cooperation with the Culture Department of the City of Nuremberg, produces yearly one of the largest European classical open-air events with over 70,000 visitors. With the children and youth concerts and the series of “expedition concerts” newly introduced by Joana Mallwitz, the musicians of the Staatsphilharmonie also reach a large number of new, young concert-goers. The offer is complemented by a series of chamber concerts organized by the musicians as “Friends of the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg Association”.