Gürzenich Orchester Köln / François-Xavier Roth

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Hope can awaken unimagined powers and move mountains, but one has to believe in it. In a commentary on his cello concerto »Canto di speranza«, the composer Bernd Alois Zimmermann wrote: »Hope can only provide light to those who place their trust in it.« And the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne, its chief conductor François-Xavier Roth and the star director Calixto Bieito now set a very practical example of that. The originally planned performance of Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s opera »Die Soldaten«, with its enormous cast, wasn’t really compatible with the current coronavirus situation – but they didn’t bury their heads in the sand. With lightning speed, they put together an alternative programme that really packs a punch. Tickets retain their validity, but can also be exchanged. Under the following link you can request a refund of your ticket price: Information on tickets refunds


Gürzenich-Orchester Köln

Alexandra Ionis performance

Tómas Tómasson performance

conductor François-Xavier Roth

Calixto Bieito stage direction


»Canto di speranza« – Human Sculptures of Absurdity, Melancholy and Violence
»Canto die Speranza« - Human Sculptures of Absurdity, Melancholy and Violence

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Sinfonie in einem Satz für großes Orchester
Stille und Umkehr
Tratto II (Auszug) / Komposition für elektronische Klänge
Musique pour les soupers du Roi Ubu
Photoptosis für großes Orchester

Pre-Concert Talk (in German) with François-Xavier Roth, Bettina Zimmermann and Patrick Hahn
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Elbphilharmonie for Connisseurs


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