BAMBERG SYMPHONY
Jakub Hrůša, Music Director
2024 US TOUR
US DEBUT OF ORCHESTRA AND MUSIC DIRECTOR TOGETHER
Boston, Symphony Hall – April 23
New York, Carnegie Hall – April 24
Blacksburg, VA, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech – April 26
Washington, DC, Center for the Arts, George Mason University – April 27
HÉLÈNE GRIMAUD TO PERFORM R. SCHUMANN PIANO CONCERTO
AT CARNEGIE HALL AND VIRGINIA CONCERTS
Lukáš Vondráček to Perform at Boston Symphony Hall
REPERTOIRE TO INCLUDE BRAHMS SYMPHONY NO. 3
Wagner Lohengrin Prelude to Act I, and Tannhäuser Overture
Bamberg Symphony Partners with Iceland’s Running Tide,
Working to Promote Ocean Health,
In Continuing Effort to Develop Greener Touring Practices –
Tour to Begin with Reykjavik Concert on April 20
The Bamberg Symphony will return to the United States for a 2024 US Tour, lead by music director
Jakub Hrůša, with concerts at Boston Symphony Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, and at Virginia
Tech and George Mason University April 23 – 27. This will be the US debut of the orchestra and
music director performing together. Virtuoso pianist Hélène Grimaud will perform Schumann’s
dazzling Piano Concerto at Carnegie Hall, and at the Virginia concerts, and LukášVondráček will
join the orchestra to perform the same concerto in Boston. The concerts will also feature Brahms’
Symphony No. 3, and Wagner’s Lohengrin Prelude to Act I and Tannhäuser Overture. The
orchestra made its Carnegie Hall debut in 1973 with Eugen Jochum. This year, the orchestra is
touring the US for the ninth time.
With a musical lineage stretching back to the 18th and 19th centuries — to Mahler and Mozart —
Germany’s Bamberg Symphony is a favorite around the world, performing over 7,500 concerts in 64
countries and over 500 cities. Jakub Hrůša became chief conductor of the Bamberg Symphony in
2016, and, as recently announced, will continue his highly successful partnership with the orchestra
as music director through the 2028-29 season. Hrůša also serves as principal guest conductor of
both the Czech Philharmonic and Rome’s Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and
beginning in the fall of 2025 Hrůša will take up the post of music director at the Royal Opera House in London.
The Bamberg Symphony is the only orchestra of world renown that is not based in a vibrant
metropolis. The ‘magnetic effect’ of the orchestra radiates, above all, outward: the traveling
orchestra has been carrying its characteristically deep and warm sound, and the musical echo of its
hometown, into the world since 1946, when ex-members of Prague’s German Philharmonic
Orchestra met fellow musicians in Bamberg who had also had to flee their homes as a result of the
war and its aftermath.. The orchestra has become a cultural ambassador for Bavaria and the whole
of Germany. The Bamberg Symphony therefore describes its mission in short as Resonating
Worldwide.
Now, more than 75 years after it was founded, and with Czech-born Jakub Hrůša, the Orchestra’s
fifth Chief Conductor, at the helm, once again there is a living link from the Bamberg Symphony’s
historic roots to its present. The orchestra also regularly performs with its honorary conductors
Herbert Blomstedt, Christoph Eschenbach and Manfred Honeck.
The Bamberg Symphony will begin this tour with a concert at Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik,
Iceland on April 20, with Hélène Grimaud, and featuring the same repertoire as the US concerts.
Since 2021, the Bamberg Symphony has set for itself the goal of acting and traveling in a more
climate-friendly manner. For trips abroad, efforts are being made to optimize travel routes and tour
procedures. For this tour, the orchestra will offset most of the CO2 emissions caused by its travels
by financially supporting the environmental project Running Tide.
Running Tide is a global leader in ocean carbon removal. The Bamberg Symphony’s donation will
support critical research and development based out of Iceland, related to the safe, effective, and
durable removal of carbon through the natural pathways of the ocean.
TOUR SCHEDULE
Saturday, April 20 Reykjavik, Iceland, Harpa Concert Hall
Tuesday, April 23 Boston, Symphony Hall
Wednesday, April 24 New York, Carnegie Hall
Friday, April 26 Blacksburg, VA, Moss Arts Center, Virginia Tech
Saturday, April 27 Washington, DC, Center for the Arts, George Mason University