In 2020 Staatskapelle Berlin will be celebrating its 450th anniversary, which makes it one of the oldest orchestras in the world. In the run-up to the anniversary the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater organizes a series of annual symposiums, starting in the 2015/2016 season, which covers the history of the Staatskapelle Berlin, its influential role in the musical life of Berlin and its importance on an international level.
The first symposium will take place from 16th to 18th October 2015 in the Staatsoper im Schiller Theater and in Charlottenburg Palace; it addresses the development of the orchestra from the date of its constitution in 1570 by Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg to the reign of the first Prussian king Frederick I and his consort Sophie Charlotte. The symposium does not intend to look at the Staatskapelle only as an institution, but above all considers its rootage in the Berlin history of music and compares it with other orchestras from major European cities.
In addition to lectures on "The courtly musical life. Music in the context of the court of the Electorate of Brandenburg at the time of the Protestant Reformation", "The first directors of music of the Brandenburg court orchestra before the Thirty Years' War", "English musicians at the court of the Electorate of Brandenburg" or "Queen Sophie Charlotte's 'Network of musicians'" there will be round table discussions, a tour of Charlottenburg Palace and a concert in the basilica of the Bode Museum featuring music from 17th century Berlin.
Among the speakers will be Prof. Dr. Andreas Pecar (Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg), Prof. Dr. Bernhard Janz (Julius-Maximilians-Universität, Würzburg), Ulrike Liedtke (vice-president of the Deutscher Musikrat), Dr. Mathis Leibetseder (Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin), Ulrike Nemson (Rhein. Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn), Mag. Rashid- S. Pegah (Stiftung Preußische Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg), Dr. Julia H. Schröder (musicologist, Freie Universität Berlin), Judy Kadar (harpist, specialist for medieval and Renaissance music, co-director of the ensemble Collage – forum für frühe musik berlin), Dr. Ingeborg Allihn (music publicist and radio journalist), Dr. Arne Spohr (Bowling Green State University), Dr. Lena van der Hoven (Universität Bayreuth) und Dr. Detlef Giese (dramaturge at Berliner Staatsoper).
450 YEARS OF STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN – SYMPOSIUM
The development of court music from the orchestra of the Brandenburg Elector to the court orchestra of the first king in Prussia
16 October 2015, 6pm – Charlottenburg Palace
17 and 18 October 2015, 10am – Staatsoper im Schiller Theater | Gläsernes Foyer
17 October 2015, 8pm – Concert in the basilica of the Bode Museum
Participation fee: 5 € to 15 €. For details of the complete program and the tickets please refer to: http://staatsoper-berlin.de/de_DE/symposion-2015-2016
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The symposium is supported by the STIFTUNG PREUSSISCHE SEEHANDLUNG foundation trust.