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Transatlantic Partnership Announcement

Denver Philharmonic Orchestra and Munich’s Bayerische Philharmonie Announce International Partnership with Proclamation from Gov. John W. Hickenlooper

The groundbreaking partnership will leverage social media, international patron engagement in addition to conductors, musician exchanges

DENVER (April 12, 2017) — With a proclamation from Governor Hickenlooper in hand proclaiming the day “Denver and Bavarian Philharmonic Day,” the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) and the Bayerische Philharmonie (Bavarian Philharmonic, or BayPhil) officially launched a multi-year partnership on April 7 at a sold-out DPO concert. To kick off the partnership, the orchestra was conducted by Maestro Mark Mast, CEO, Conductor, and Music Director of the Bavarian Philharmonic.

Through this groundbreaking international partnership, the two organizations will focus on innovation in programming and performance, with additional emphasis on patron experience and audience engagement. In addition to traditional elements like musician and conductor exchanges, joint programming, and co-commissioned music, the partnership will also leverage social media, live streaming and original audience experience elements to engage and provide educational experiences for patrons in both cities.

“It is both a pleasure and an honor for us to embark upon this international partnership with the Bayerische Philharmonie,” said Lawrence Golan, Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic. “As Munich is a hub of cultural excellence, it will be thrilling to perform there and we look forward to hosting the wonderful musicians that they will be sending us.”

“Music transcends borders,” said Mark Mast, CEO and Music Director of the Bavarian Philharmonic, when referencing the importance of international cooperation and friendship. In a nod to the Denver Philharmonic’s “More than Music” regular live-Tweet program, Maestro Mast told the sold-out audience in Denver, “You will teach Munich how to tweet during concerts!”

The proclamation kicking off this partnership was read live to the sold-out crowd at the April 7 concert by Caroline Gaines, a representative from the Governor’s Office. Gaines was joined on stage by members of each organization’s “Joint Task Force,” the group of board and staff members charged with managing the partnership.

Partnership Highlights:

  • April 7, 2017 – Bavarian Philharmonic’s Mark Mast joins the DPO to conduct an all-German repertoire to a sold-out audience.
  • October 21, 2017 – DPO music director Lawrence Golan and a group of the orchestra’s principal musicians join the Bavarian Philharmonic at historic Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall) in the royal Residenz in central Munich. Dr. Golan will conduct and perform as a soloist.
  • September 2018 – Musicians from the Bavarian Philharmonic will join the DPO for its season opening concert.
  • 2018 – DPO music director Lawrence Golan will join the Bavarian Philharmonic in an innovative program to be broadcast to patrons in both regions in a non-traditional manner.
  • 2019 – Mark Mast and musicians from the Bavarian Philharmonic will join the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra again in Denver.
  • DPO will bring its signature “More than Music” audience engagement elements to both Munich performances.
  • Key performances will be broadcast at no cost for patrons to view over the internet and in other non-traditional avenues.
  • Organizations will engage with patrons via social media platforms, focused on education and outreach.


About the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra

The Denver Philharmonic Orchestra (DPO) is a nonprofit symphony orchestra founded in 1948 by Dr. Antonia Brico, the first woman to conduct the New York Philharmonic orchestra. DPO concerts are accompanied by “More Than Music” events designed to fulfill the orchestra’s mission to continually redefine the way our community engages with and experiences classical music. Metro Denver citizens support DPO through the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), a unique funding source serving hundreds of metro Denver arts, culture and scientific organizations. More information is available by calling 303-653-2407 or online at www.denverphilharmonic.org.

About the Bayerische Philharmonie

The Bayerische Philharmonie is a large symphonic and choral organization, encompassing four orchestras and three choruses. The Bayerische Philharmonie performs at venues all over metro-Munich and throughout Bavaria. The orchestra’s signature concert hall is Herkulessaal (Hercules Hall), located in the Munich Residenz, the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs. The Bayerische Philharmonie performs more than 70 concerts per year and regularly tours internationally.