The solution of bridging the interior courtyard of the Albertinum with a workshop and depot complex is technically spectacular and aesthetically unique. A steel truss bears the weight of the new two-storey building, which is 60 metres long and weighs 2,700 tons. Since 2010, the space presents itself to the visitor like a light-flooded atrium which also offers room for events and concerts. Thus, not only painting and sculpture meet at the Albertinum, but also visual arts and music.
The construction of Dresden’s oldest suburban church was initiated by Electress Anna in the 16th century. Since its inauguration the Annenkirche was constantly rebuilt and thus has a contradictory architectural charm. Originally constructed as a baroque church it was replaced by an art nouveau building in 1909 that has very good acoustics.
In 1790 a peasant’s pup with brandy distillery was opened in Pieschen that turned into a restaurant with brewery in 1821. Having been acquired by Karl Joseph Watzke in 1838, it remained family-owned. In 1898 the old building was replaced by a ballroom building and Watzke’s concert house and ballroom was born. The ballroom ranks among the biggest and most beautiful ballrooms of the city.
In 1911, the Festspielhaus Hellerau (Hellerau Festival Theatre) was built after a concept of the architect Heinrich Tessenow within the Gartenstadt Hellerau (Garden City) of Dresden. Its architectural clarity gave direction to the Bauhaus style. It was the Swiss music pedagogue Émile Jaques-Dalcroze who initiated the construction of the Festspielhaus and whose »Bildungsanstalt für Musik und Rhythmus« (School for Music and Rhythm) was located in this building. The Festspielhaus is considered a center for contemporary art, especially for dance and music, and therefore is a constant of Dresden's contemporary cultural scene.
The Frauenkirche is uniquely moving in its combination of space and sound and the spirit of reconciliation that resounds throughout the concerts. Destroyed in 1945, the church, reconstructed through monumental civic and international efforts, is a beacon of peace. Its impressive interior makes every concert an incomparable experience.
»Living and working, culture and nature« - following this model the businessman Karl Schmidt and the »German Werkbund« have built the garden city Hellerau and its centerpiece, the »Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau«, an ensemble of workshops. The idea of the garden city came to founder Karl Schmidt during his years of travel throughout England. The basic idea, to create a balance between city and countryside, of developed and green areas, inspired him, because it provided a connection of living, working, provisioning and leisure possibilities – a concept successfully implemented in Hellerau by the architects Richard Riemerschmid, Hermann Muthesius and Heinrich Tessenow. In 1909/10 a factory producing modern Reformmöbel (furniture) was built after a concept of Richard Riemerschmid. Since the manufacturing centre had moved across the street in 2006, the old buildings with its inner courtyard »Karl-Schmidt« has served as a versatile and popular venue.
In 2008 the Music Academy Carl Maria von Weber received a modern concert hall that can seat up to 450 persons. Designed by the architec’s office hammeskrause from Stuttgart, the building has excellent acoustics and enriches the city of Dresden with a successful example of modern architecture.
The Konzerthaus Berlin was designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel and built on Berlin’s Gendarmenmarkt square between 1818 and 1821. The masterwork of classicistic architecture was already graced by the presence of some of the most important artists of the 19th century, including Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Franz Liszt, Niccolò Paganini and Richard Wagner. After the fall of Berlin’s Wall, Leonard Bernstein conducted Beethoven’s Ninth there, featuring the legendary »Ode to Freedom«. To this day, the building has lost none of its fame and glamour.
The concert location »Weißer Hirsch« (White Stag) is one of the most legendary and romantic places in Dresden. As part of the former spa »Weißer Hirsch«, it delighted not only its residents back in the day, but its concerts, which took place three to four times a week, also attracted other tourists, who came in the thousands to take the waters at the time. In 2009, Stefan Hermann revived the location, and today many different events take place at the band shell, which is surrounded by one of Dresden’s most attractive beer gardens.
Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch
Stechgrundweg (hinter dem Parkhotel) 01324 Dresden
The reconception of the Kulturpalast (Culture Palace) as home of a concert hall, the Municipal Central Library and the cabaret »Herkuleskeule« repositions the building from the late 1960s, which recently underwent five years of reconstruction, in its original role as a cultural meeting-place at the heart of Dresden. In the central interior space, a modern, acoustically high-end concert hall of European stature has been installed – an element Dresden previously lacked entirely. This space offers seating for 1,757 visitors. Thanks to the renovation of the Kulturpalast, the new Central Library (formerly split into the Main, Music and Youth Libraries) also has a home in the heart of the city. This new place dedicated to information exchange and communication offers approximately 5,500 square metres of public space, including a versatile event space.
Bereits seit 1887 gibt es in der Stadt Dresden die Messe. 1999 bezog sie ihren neuen Standort im historischen und denkmalgeschützten »Erlwein’schen Schlachthof« im Ostragehege und ist seitdem beliebter Veranstaltungsort sowohl für Messen, als auch für Kongresse, Tagungen und Konzerte. Für die Festspiele wird sich die Halle 1 in ganz besonders stimmungsvollem Licht präsentieren.
In 2001, on the anniversary of the destruction Dresden’s old synagogue on November 9, 1938, the New Synagogue was consecrated after more than 60 years – a sacred building consisting of a cube twisted upon itself towards the East, the direction of prayers towards Jerusalem. The chosen cube-shape takes its cue from the first temples of the Israelites, making reference to original rites and traditional symbols. The synagogue is a place of contemplation and prayer, but also hosts concerts.
The Neumarkt, or New Market, is the unmistakable and distinctive center of Dresden. Until its destruction in 1945, it was an aesthetic total work of art, a unified, large-scale monument of civic baroque architecture. Constant construction since the German reunification, starting with the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche, has led to continuous changes on the square. Recent building activities are aimed at the reconstruction of many historical buildings that dominated the Neumarkt square in the past.
The romantic palace located in the centre of the Große Garten served as a venue for pompous feasts of the courtly society. Saxony’s first baroque building of Italian design was constructed under Elector John George III between 1676 and 1683. Today it provides an atmospheric ambience and great acoustics for different kinds of chamber music.
Belcea QuartetMON 10.06.19 11:00
Palais im Großen Garten
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ReithalleDresden – Straße E®
The Reithalle is part of the Cultural Center Strasse E® - an event center consisting of two red-brick buildings under landmark preservation in Dresden’s industrial area. Originally the entire industrial area was dedicated to military purposes. Its former use as the riding hall of the Royal Saxon Cavalry gave today’s Riding Hall Strasse E® its name. In the early 1990s the area was discovered as an ideal venue for parties and events.
Östlich des Residenzschlosses zwischen Georgenbau und Johanneum gelegen, wurde der Stallhof von 1586 bis 1591 unter Kurfürst Christian I. errichtet. Er ist einer der ältesten in orginaler Ausgestaltung erhaltenen Turnierplätze der Welt. An der Außenseite des Langen Ganges befindet sich seit 1904 der Fürstenzug aus 23.000 Fliesen aus Meißner Porzellan. Der Stallhof ist nicht nur Schauplatz des mittelalterlichen Weihnachtsmarktes, sondern bietet zudem ein ausgefallenes und atmosphärisches Konzertambiente.
David Orlowsky TrioSAT 25.05.19 20:00
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The multi-awarded winning Dresden State Theatre is considered as one of the centres for the contemporary performing arts. The reconstructed impressive original architecture of the theatre that was opened in 1913 offers a stage for such festival productions that combine musical and performing expressions.
Schloss Albrechtsberg, or Albrechtsberg Castle, is one of the three Elbe Castles. It was built between 1850 and 1854 for the Prussian Prince Albrecht, who had to find a home outside of Prussia because he had married beneath himself. Designed in the late classicistic style by Alfred Lohse, the building offers a counterpoint to Dresden’s notable baroque buildings. The Kronensaal, or Crown Hall, boasts a wonderful acoustic and gorgeous view of the River Elbe and is considered one of Dresden’s most beautiful chamber music halls.
The elector Johann Georg IV bought the castle for his favourite Sibylle von Neischütz in 1694. Commissioned by August the Strong his favourite architect Daniel Pöppelmann expanded the first building by the Riverside Palace and the Hillside Palace. Already in 1768, the castle was used as summer residence of the court and was the tglamorous location for park and water feasts.
The Imperial count Christoph August von Wackerbarth had this jewel built as his retirement home between 1727 and 1729. The castle, the former home of noblemen where August the Strong celebrated legendary parties, today houses Europe’s first »Adventure Vineyards« that combines tradition and the spirit of the age to an unique experience and provides the ideal setting for outstanding young artists of the classical music scene.
Entering the building visitors are welcomed by the long and rich tradition that is continued until today by the opera house and his orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle. Whether great symphony concert or solo recital – the stage of the impressive Semperoper has always been the place for top class and glamorous festival encounters.
Where Dresden’s electricity was formerly produced, the Dresden State Operetta now ensures breathtaking, electrifying moments. Since moving into the newly-created Cultural Center Kraftwerk Mitte in December 2016, the house welcomes its visitors in a generous auditorium seating up to 700 persons. The industrial buildings with their noteworthy historical red-brick façades from the 19th and early 20th century are under landmark preservation, have been painstakingly restored and are now flanked by modern buildings.
The complex Barkhausen Building is the largest contiguous building ensemble of Dresden’s Technical University. Named for the German physicist Heinrich Barkhausen, the building originally housed the Institute for Communications Engineering and is the main building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology of the TU today. Together with the Alte Mensa (Mommsenstraße 13) it will feature musical performances this year as well.