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Orchestra

Orchestra of the University of Bremen

Establishment

The orchestra was established when the University of Bremen was opened and has been led by its director of musical activities Dr Susanne Glaess since 1996. It is a fully-fledged symphony orchestra with between 70 and 95 members: students of the University and from a number of colleges in Bremen that do not have orchestras of their own, former employees of the University, and friends that have joined over time. All members play free of charge; even for rare instruments like the harp or the tuba, no paid musicians are required. Once a semester, the orchestra is joined by members of the professional orchestra in residence of the City of Bremen, “Bremer Philharmoniker”, who provide coaching sessions for all sections of the orchestra.

Repertoire and concerts abroad

The orchestra either performs with the choir (programs see there) or plays programs exclusively for orchestra. Recent programs include Vaughan Williams' 3rd Symphony "A Pastoral Symphony", Dvořák's 9th Symphony, Mussorgsky's " Pictures of An Exhibition", Pablo Moncayo's "Tierra de Temporal“  und Arturo Márquez' "Danzón  No. 2". The Orchestra has undertaken trips to Italy, Poland, France (Strasbourg) and England.