TOGETHER: Music with meaning and spirit

The combination of sound, message and space characterizes the music program of the Frauenkirche in 2022. With more than 120 events, it spans the spectrum from Bach to Bernstein, Schütz to Schönberg, Praetorius to Pärt.

Old and new, depth and height, break and continuity are combined in the Frauenkirche. The tension between these poles allows us to experience every piece of music in a new and different way, because some things resonate differently here. We are looking forward to a rich and varied concert program in 2022, which will create encounters and solidarity: because music brings people closer together, removes boundaries and touches.


In his fourth year, Artistic Director Daniel Hope has designed 35 programs. On six occasions we can welcome him on stage personally: Then he presents multifaceted programs as usual: He will be enthusiastic in a program based on Mozart's "Kleiner Nachtmusik", expressive in a British evening with works by Elgar and Vaughan Williams, moved in memory of the Reichspogromnacht. He will discover new worlds in two late night recitals using the main dome as a concert venue for the very first time.

01/04 >> Von Mozart bis Tschaikowsky | Daniel Hope & ZKO
  >> Zwischen Himmel und Erde | Late night
25/04 >> Young Artists | Hope Academy in Concert
18/06 >> Neue Welten | Daniel Hope & Brixen Festival Orchestra
07/10 >> Expressiv & klangsinnlich | Daniel Hope & ZKO
  >> Zwischen Himmel und Erde | Late night
09/11 >> Ohne Worte | Daniel Hope & Amatis Trio
14/12 >> AIR - A Baroque Journey | Daniel Hope & friends

Tip: After som eof his concerts, Daniel Hope invites you to the »Director's Lounge« in the nearby Townhouse Dresden. Take the opportunity to meet and talk about the program of the evening and music in general.

Outstanding guest musicians always reinterpret the Frauenkirche as a music venue. So dares u. Hugo Ticciati and O/Modernt Kammerorkester build a bridge from Beethoven to Schönberg, Barber and Vasks. The program by Maurice Steger and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra also spans epochs, as does an evening that brings together Leonard Bernstein's "Mass" with works by Mendelssohn Bartholdy and Duke Ellington. The Polish NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic connects the partner cities of Wroclaw and Dresden. Soloists like Bomsori Kim, Simon Höfele and Emanuele Forni, vocal ensembles like the King Singers or the Windsbach Boys Choir, orchestras like the Bavarian Chamber Orchestra, l'arte del mondo and the Alma Mahler Chamber Orchestra as well as conductors like Leo McFall also stand for the creative sound variety of the music year 2022.

In terms of church music, the music year 2022 is dedicated to the jubilarians Michael Praetorius and Heinrich Schütz. Works by the two Dresden masters of the late Renaissance run through many formats - from church services to sacred Sunday music to concerts. The music of Heinrich Schütz in particular is carried into the present day through close cooperation with the Heinrich Schütz Music Festival. Sound miniatures by the orchestronic artist Fabian Russ merge with texts by Robert Seethaler, a »Kaleidoscope of Sounds« picks up on Schütz's »Psalms of David« in a walk-in installation. On the anniversary of the composer's death, who found his final resting place in the old Frauenkirche, the closing concert of the SCHÜTZ22 festival year will take place. Matthias Grünert also builds a musical bridge from the Florence on the Elbe to the sensuous Renaissance of Venice with the performance of »Marienvesper« by Schütz's contemporary and admirer Monteverdi.

The 18 Sunday music programs are as varied as ever. They are significantly shaped by their own orchestras - the choir and chamber choir of the Frauenkirche and the ensemble frauenkirche dresden. With mass settings by Mozart and Haydn as well as motets and cantatas by Bach, they interpret the church year musically.

The tradition of performing the great sacred works such as the St. John Passion, the Mass in B minor and the Christmas Oratorio by Bach, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah, which was interrupted by the pandemic due to the pandemic – also performed by the in-house ensembles – will be revived in the music year 2022.

More than 40 times the musical focus is on the impressive organ of the Frauenkirche. The organist of the Frauenkirche, Samuel Kummer, presents the oeuvre of César Franck, whose 200th birthday is being honored in particular as part of the Dresden organ cycle. Its 14 concerts present the complete works of the pioneer of the French organ symphony and place it in specially selected contexts or contrasts. The audience can look forward to international guests such as the French organist Christophe Mantoux and the Canadian concert organist Isabelle Demers, but also to extraordinary evenings with Bernhard Haas and Willibald Guggenmos.

Special combinations can be experienced several times. With Wolfram and Mathias Rehfeld, a father-son team is present. The energetic duo Esprit plays four handed. Together with his Frauenkirche colleague Matthias Grünert, Samuel Kummer presents rarely heard arrangements for organ with harmonium and in the program with Kreuzorganist Holger Gehring the exciting combination of literature and improvisation. Programs that combine the queen of instruments with the instrument of kings, the trumpet, complete the spectrum.

A heartfelt ambition of the Frauenkirche is to promote aspiring young musicians. The international Young Artists series gives highly talented young musicians the opportunity to present themselves in the Unterkirche. You can experience e.g. the British trombonist and winner of the ARD Music Competition Michael Buchanan, the Chinese cellist and winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition Yibai Chen and the French flutist Joséphine Olech. The concerts of the "philosopher at the piano" (BR) Amadeus Wiesensee and the winner of the music competition "Ton & explanation" in the violin category Leonard Fu, which were postponed due to the pandemic, will be rescheduled in March and September 2022. For the first time part of the Young Artists series is a "Hope Academy in Concert" evening, in which young participants of the Music Academy organized annually by Daniel Hope at Schloss Neuhardenberg make music with their established Academy teachers.

The music year 2022 will again have several formats especially for the young audience, such as family concerts for young ears, explanatory concerts for young people and musical church room discoveries. For the musical classroom, which is organized together with the Dresden School Concert institution, a multi-instrumentalist has been won in Götz Bergmann, who will certainly amaze the elementary school students.

You can buy your concert tickets online, on site or by telephone.

50% reduction in all price categories for young people up to 27 years of age, students, Dresden Pass holders, severely disabled persons from 80% (GdB) and an accompanying person (on the designated seats ) unless it is a concert by an external operators and upon proof of entitlement to a reduction

In 2022, the Frauenkirche will continue its cooperation with well-known partners in the Dresden cultural scene. Holders of the SZ-Card receive a 20% discount per ticket on the regular ticket price.

Dresden-Elbland ticket
As a sign of the bond with the people in Dresden and the Dresden Elbland, who have followed the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche with particularly keen interest and have since taken an interest in life in the Frauenkirche, they will receive up to two tickets for the price of on six evenings in the 2021 concert year €15 each (02/12 | 04/30 | 06/18 | 06/16 | 09/16 | 12/16).

Program booklet 2022

A general overview of the music program for 2022 offers the annual brochure »Musik 2022«. Browse through the more than 120 offers and be inspired!

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