Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

At the suggestion of former President of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert, the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and its new chief conductor Steven Sloane are planning a concert tour from 21 – 27 June 2021 to Berlin and Bochum as an important contribution to the German-Jewish festival year 1700 years of Jewish life in Germany. As one of the principal Israeli orchestras, the JSO will be making its guest appearance in Germany for the first time in over a decade.

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“Evolution” (Ruhrtriennale 2019) in ARTE media library available

György Ligeti’s Requiem (1965) is a work filled with anger and grief. Kornél Mundruczó places the theme of repetition at the centre of his analysis. We experience the work in three periods and three forms: an encounter with horror takes place in the past, a traumatized silence occupies the present while in the future we sense a world in which artificial intelligence – apparently innocently – no longer leaves any scope for the notion of memory or commemoration. Steven Sloane conducts the Bochumer Symphoniker and the Staatschor Latvija. A production by Ruhrtriennale in cooperation with Proton Theatre Budapest.

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Foto © Heinrich Brinkmöller-Becker_Ruhrtriennale 2019

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CD release: Franz Schreker – Orchestral Works Vol. 1

Release date: 20.7.2020
Recorded in 2014 with Bochumer Symphoniker

Franz Schreker (1878-1934)
Symphony No. 1 A Minor
Intermezzo op. 8
Festwalzer und Walzerintermezzo
Valse lente
Suite “Der Geburtstag der Infantin”

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Information about the 2020/2021 season in Bochum

The season 2019/2020 in Bochum has come to an end. As everywhere else, it was completely different than planned. After having to cancel a lot of concerts due to the corona crisis, a few concerts with an adapted programme i.e. with violinist Antje Weithaas could finally take place nonetheless. And despite all the uncertainties, some things stay the same: the joy of making music and creating fascinating programmes.

In a video message, Steven Sloane and Thomas Kipp gave a first outlook at what the start of the 2020/2021 season in September could look like.

At the moment, they expect that approx. 500 visitors will be allowed in September 2020.” There will be a very interesting programme”, promises Steven Sloane. Everything will be a bit smaller than usual. Less audience and less musicians on stage. This means, of course, that the programme will have to be different, i.e. Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 will be played in an arrangement for chamber orchestra.

If the concert-version of Richard Wagner’s “Der Ring des Nibelungen” can take place is not sure yet.

The ticket sale for the new season starts on Monday, August 17. Due to the current situation and the reduced seat options in the Musikforum, there will be no subscriptions for the upcoming season. The programme will always be published for two months, the concert dates for September and October will be published at the end of July.

>  Website of the Bochumer Symphoniker (in German)

> Video with Steven Sloane and Thomas Kipp

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Restart with the Bochumer Symphoniker

In Bochum the concert life starts again with an alternative programme: With “BOSY Extra” Steven Sloane and the Bochumer Symphoniker return to the stage. They invited the German violinist Antje Weithaas and will play Symphonies by Haydn (No. 49 F Minor “La Passione” and No. 22 E Flat Major “The Philosoph”) and “Concerto funebre” by Hartmann five times on three days (11-13 June). More information on

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