GRÜSS G-TT JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH
The JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH was founded in 2005 as the Orchestra Jakobsplatz Munich (OJM) by the conductor Daniel Grossmann. Since then it has developed a unique profile under his artistic direction.
The JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH presents itself as a diverse, contemporary Jewish voice. The internationally active chamber orchestra travels unusual paths, constantly exploring new alliances and formats to bring contemporary Jewish culture to life so that everyone can hear, see and experience it — an internationally relevant approach that the orchestra has successfully carried into the world for more than ten years.
The orchestra has toured to Israel, Poland, Hungary, Rumania, Moldova, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, the Czech Republic, Sweden, North America and China. Since the last season, the JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH has made an increasing number of appearances in Germany as an ambassador of Jewish culture.
It is an orchestra for all nations und religions. The musicians come from more than 20 countries, are Jewish and non-Jewish and live mostly in Germany.
At the highest artistic level, the JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH maintains the rich Jewish musical tradition with a repertoire extending from baroque to contemporary. It performs rarely played works and those by forgotten Jewish composers, as in the moderated chamber music series Expeditions in cooperation with the Munich Documentation Centre for the History of National Socialism. It regularly commissions works from the new generation of composers including Moritz Gagern, Sarah Nemtsov, Nikolaus Brass, Gilead Mishory, Jan Duszynski and currently Richard Ruzicka. The orchestra starts its own traditions such as the annual Jewish New Year’s Concert; since 2014 the cantor concerts have filled Munich’s Prinzregententheater. It surprised with an appearance in an important role in the German TV series TATORT: Die Musik stirbt zuletzt (The Music Dies Last, 2017, director: Dani Levy) in KKL Luzern, Switzerland. The JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH has maintained long years of cooperation with Munich cultural institutions such as the Bavarian State Opera, i.e. with Zeisls Hiob in the 2014 Munich Opera Festival and with productions featuring singers from the opera studio of rarely performed oratorios: Mozart’s La Betulia liberata, Handel’s Jephtha and Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il primo omicidio.
The JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH continues to work with internationally renowned soloists such as Benjamin Appl, David Orlowsky, Ingeborg Danz, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Reto Bieri, Daniel Hope, Sergei Leiferkus, Christoph Prégardien and Wu Wei as well as with actors including Bibiana Beglau, Brigitte Hobmeier, Lambert Hamel, Götz Otto and Sibylle Canonica.
Even before the 20017/2018 season, when the JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH presented the four-part series Flimmerkammer (Flickering Room) in cooperation with the Munich Kammerspiele Theater, the orchestra has been active in the film music genre. At the 2013 Berlinale 2013 the orchestra thrilled the audience with the silent film production Der Student von Prag (The Student from Prague, 1923). For the 2018 Berlinale 2018, cooperation with ARTE brought the film classic Das alte Gesetz (The Ancient Law, 1923) by E. A. Dupont, newly restored by the Deutsche Kinemathek and with a new composition by Philippe Schoeller. The hugely successful premiere was on 16 February 2018 in the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin—with music played live by the JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH.
The season 2018-19 brings not only a continuation of the Flimmerkammer, but further cooperation with the Munich Kammerspiele. Together we will bring operetta rarities by Jacques Offenbach for his 200th birthday and a festival for the 100th birthday of the Jewish-Polish composer Mieczysław Weinberg to show the many aspects of his work. The JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH is also hosting to a synagogue tour of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg to once again fill the religious buildings, some of them inactive, with living Jewish culture.
Since the 2017-18 season the JEWISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA MUNICH has been expanding its educational activities. Communication projects include Nacht und Nebel, the first film documentation of the Auschwitz concentration camp (director: Alain Resnais; music: Hanns Eisler), and the easily accessible format of children’s films, where the first cartoons of Walt Disney and the music of Paul Dessau reach a younger audience.
2018 sees the opening of the Opera Schoolas an innovative and convincing part of the “Excellent Orchestra Landscape Germany”, a highly regarded support programme of the German government begun by Monika Grütters.German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In the two-year project around 120 7 to 18-year old children, primarily from socially disadvantaged families, have the chance to get free singing and instrument lessons and see how professional music theatre and content are made. The goal is a new staging and performance of Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noah’s Flood. A series of children’s concerts is also planned.