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Deutsche Philharmonie Merck
© Hermann Heibel Wolfgang Heinzel, Conductor. © Hermann Heibel Wolfgang Heinzel, Conductor. © Brigitte Schneider © Hermann Heibel

MUMBAI23 Sep 2011 Click to view details

Venue National Center of Performing Arts; Jamshed Bhabha Theatre; Nariman Point; Mumbai - 400 021
Opening Time7:00 PM

PUNE24 Sep 2011 Click to view details

Venue SVC (Symbiosis College Viman Nagar Campus) Auditorium, Viman Nagar Road, Pune - 411014
Opening Time6:45 PM
Transport Contact Person: Renu Jamgaonkar E-mail: renu.jamgaonkar@pune.goethe.org Phone: +91 8888824044
Entry Free Ticket can be obtained from Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan, Pune (Total Seats:585)

NEW DELHI26 Sep 2011 Click to view details

Venue Siri Fort Auditorium, 1 , August Kranti Marg, New Delhi - 110049
Opening Time7:00 PM
Entry Passes are available at the Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan.(Limited Capacity. First Come, First Serve Basis)

PANAJI27 Sep 2011 Click to view details

Venue Kala Academy,D B Marg, M.G. Road, Panaji, Goa - 403001
Opening Time7:00 PM

HYDERABAD02 Oct 2011 Click to view details

Venue Shilpakala Vedika, Shilparamam, Madhapur, Hyderabad - 500 081
Opening Time7:00 PM
Entry Entry only with Passes. Passes will be available at the Goethe-Institut Hyderabad, from September 21.

BANGALORE03 Oct 2011 Click to view details

Venue Academy of Music Chowdiah Memorial Hall, 16th Cross, Gayathri Devi Park Extension, Vyalikaval, Bangalore - 560003
Opening Time7:00 PM
Entry Entry by Invitation. Invitations are available free of charge at the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan

CHENNAI04 Oct 2011 Click to view details

Venue The Music Academy, 168, T.T.K. Road, Madras - 600 014
Opening Time7:00 PM
The Merck Philharmonic orchestra on its tour through India will perform a diverse programme from Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms.

Deutsche Philharmonie Merck (Merck Philharmonic Orchestra Germany) is named after the Merck family of pharmacists, who in 1668 laid the foundations for the world’s oldest pharmaceutical and chemical company – today known as Merck in Darmstadt, Germany. The company is the orchestra’s main sponsor.

The ensemble was founded in 1966, initially as an orchestra for employees called the "Merck Instrumental Group". Over the years, it evolved into a professional orchestra. The orchestra has been known as the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck since 2003. Wolfgang Heinzel became chief conductor that same year. The orchestra consists of up to 80 professional musicians, who are brought together for certain projects. Its repertoire covers all music styles from baroque, romantic to modern music and crossover projects. More than 20,000 people attend the concerts in Darmstadt and the vicinity each year. In addition, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck undertakes projects targeted to children and adolescents, for instance cushion concerts or orchestra workshops. The aim is to promote an interest in classical music among children and adolescents.

In 1996, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck held its “Musical Autumn” festival for the first time. Since then, every two years the ensemble invites top international performers, such as the Philharmonia Orchestra London, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra or the European Union Youth Orchestra, to Darmstadt. Many renowned artists, including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Sir Roger Norrington, Ben Heppner, and Arabella Steinbacher have already performed at this concert series. Young ensembles, such as the Swedish vocal ensemble “The Real Group” and the vocal quintet “amarcord” have also given guest performances.

The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck has not only made a name for itself regionally. Concert tours have taken the orchestra to venues in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, Lisbon, Paris, Vienna, Lithuania, Brazil, and Mexico. In 2001, for instance, the orchestra performed in seven Indian cities as part of the “German Festival in India”. Several CD recordings illustrate the orchestra’s development. Its latest CD was the classic jazz project entitled "Teatime at the Savoy". Numerous radio stations have already included the recording in their program. It was chosen by the German broadcaster for the state of Hesse “Hessische Rundfunk”, as CD of the week.