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Published on : Thursday, December 5, 2013
Trumpets, trombones, violins, cellos and double basses in a maintenance hangar of Lufthansa Technik – not the typical place for orchestra musicians in tail coat and evening dress. For the photo shoot prior to their forthcoming concert tour to Asia, the musicians of Cologne’s Gürzenich Orchestra made an exception and swapped Cologne’s Philharmonie for a Lufthansa Technik hangar. There was a good reason – already since 2010, the Lufthansa Group has been supporting the orchestra founded in 1827 within the context of its cultural engagement as a “First Global Partner”. It is one of Germany’s leading orchestras and is regarded worldwide as an important culture ambassador.
Under the direction of Gürzenich chief conductor Markus Stenz, in February 2014 the orchestra with its rich tradition will take off with Lufthansa bound for Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai and Beijing. In their baggage the 130 musicians will have Richard Strauss’ monumental “Alpine Symphony” – appropriately marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birthday. Also on tour will be an exceptional artist who is popular all over the world: the clarinettist Sabine Meyer.
“Music builds bridges. It manages to overcome cultural differences and brings people of different generations together. The airlines in the Lufthansa Group also create connections”, says Simone Menne, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer at Deutsche Lufthansa AG. “With the Gürzenich Orchestra we can do this together”.
In the area of cultural commitment, the Lufthansa Group also presents the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London. In 2014, the music event which is well-known beyond the British capital will celebrate its 30th anniversary.