Dresden Philharmonic flies with Hainan Airlines to their concert in Beijing28.12.2009
Yesterday evening, the Dresden Philharmonic departed from Tegel Airport for a New Year’s Eve concert in Beijing. Over 90 musicians with instruments and luggage – a total weight of 3.8 tons – flew with Hainan Airlines to perform a concert in the Chinese capital city.
For the first time, the Dresden Philharmonic will be performing the renowned New Year’s Eve concert in Beijing. The concert will include pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Georges Bizet, Manuel de Falla, Johann Strauß and Enrique Granados, and will be conducted by Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, the principal conductor of the Dresden Philharmonic.
Hainan Airlines offers up to four weekly flights – on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays – from Tegel Airport to Beijing. The flights leave Berlin at 19.25 hrs and arrive around midday of the following day in the Chinese capital city. From this key hub, passengers have a wide choice of connecting flights to destinations throughout Asia. Hainan Airlines has expanded to become China’s second-largest network airline; the carrier operates its services with a fleet of modern Airbus 330 aircraft with high-standard cabin fittings (including video on demand and 180-degree reclining seats in Business Class). Hainan Airlines was the first Chinese airline to receive a four star rating from SKYTRAX.
The Dresden Philharmonic will be celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2010. In the almost one and a half centuries since it was founded, the orchestra has worked with some of the world’s most important conductors and countless internationally renowned soloists and guest conductors. When the present principal conductor, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, spent three weeks touring the United States with the Dresden Philharmonic in November 2004, the New York Times praised the orchestra as being on a par with the world’s very best and most outstanding ensembles. Praise of this magnitude is seldom meted out to foreign orchestras in musically-discerning America, which is recognition of the exceptional work of the Dresden Philharmonic.