From September 2016, Jakub Hrůša will take over musical direction of the Bamberg Symphony as its Chief Conductor. In December 2014 he conducted several concerts with the Orchestra in Bamberg. He also led its guest appearance at Herrenchiemsee Castle in July 2015, when Michael Wende and Andreea Varga followed him and the Orchestra and documented the concert in a short video.
Programme change on 13 February
The concert version of Richard Strauss's »Salome«, scheduled for 13 February, has been cancelled. Changes in the programming of the festival at which the Bamberg Symphony was supposed to perform the opera in the summer 2016 have forced the Bamberg Symphony to cancel the performance in Bamberg as well. The new programme comprises Richard Strauss's »Four Last Songs« with soprano Juliane Banse and Gustav Mahler's »The Song of the Earth« with tenor Roberto Saccà and baritone Stephen Gadd. Conductor is Jonathan Nott.
In recognition of a collaboration which has now lasted for 50 years, the Bamberg Symphony has appointed Christoph Eschenbach as its Honorary Conductor. »I have a bond with the Bamberg Symphony based on decades of friendship«, said Christoph Eschenbach, »every one of our concerts fills me with fresh gratitude. So I feel it's a very special distinction to have the position of Honorary Conductor conferred on me by the Orchestra – a position which I gratefully accept, with the greatest pleasure and deep admiration for this wonderful ensemble.«