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The first traces of the Würzburg orchestral tradition date back to the eighteenth century. During the reign of Prince-Bishop Johann Philipp von Greifenklau (1609–1719) a theatre was built in the so-called White Hall of Marienberg Castle with a court musical establishment under the Italian-trained Kapellmeister Philipp Friedrich Buchner. When Würzburg lost its status as a Prince-Bishopric a state orchestra was formed from the court establishment, contributing to theatre and concert activity. In the 1991/92 season, under the music director Jonathan Seers, the philharmonic orchestra took its new name. As the orchestra of the Mainfranken Theater Würzburg it plays in operas, operettas, musicals and ballet performances. It also presents a series of concerts, with five orchestral concerts per season as well as concerts for special occasions, such as New Year, the Theatre Festival Concert and the Italian Night (Italienische Nacht) in the Residence Palace, and also for the Würzburg Mozart Festival. Since 2012 the orchestra has played under the baton of its general music director Enrico Calesso.

Wurzburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Photo: Katrin Heyer

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