The Dortmund Philharmonic were given a standing ovation on Sunday evening (20 August) on Friedensplatz. Under the leadership of General Music Director Gabriel Feltz, they closed the Cityring concerts in 2023. The organizers draw a positive conclusion from the three-day open-air event in the middle of the city.
“I am overwhelmed. After a three-year break, we had around 7,000 enthusiastic guests during the Cityring concerts on Friedensplatz, who celebrated the music and the individual events with lots of applause,” said Managing Director Frank Schulz of the organizing company for City-Marketing Dortmund mbH in a press release quoted.
The open-air opera gala began on Friday evening with Jacques Offenbach’s “Orpheus in the Underworld”, followed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Magic Flute”. On Saturday, modern classics such as the “James Bond Theme” and “One Moment in Time”, which Whitney Houston once sang, were on the program.
“Our diverse program not only attracts a large, but also a particularly diverse audience every time. Our concerts show how lively and popular classical music is and will remain,” says General Music Director Gabriel Feltz, who conducted the music for many film classics at the finale on Sunday. With their concert, the Philharmoniker also gave a foretaste of the coming season.
“More to offer than just football”
“Dortmund has shown once again that our city has more to offer than just football. This weekend, the opera and the Philharmonic offered the audience musical moments at the highest level,” concluded Dirk Rutenhofer.
Rutenhofer had the initial idea for the concert series on Friedensplatz in 2015 as the then chairman of the Cityring together with General Music Director Gabriel Feltz and the then orchestra manager Michael Dühn.