Staatskapelle Halle

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The Staatskapelle Halle is a symphony orchestra based in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. Part of the umbrella organisation Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle, the orchestra performs symphonic concerts, and also serves as the orchestra for the Oper Halle.

The historical precursor ensemble was the Hallische Stadtorchester, formed in 1852. Separately, Max Richards founded the Stadttheater-Orchester, and later in 1907, the Hallesche Orchester-Vereinigung. The theatre orchestra evolved into the Handel Festival Orchestra by 1957.

In 1934, Bruno Vandenhoff became the first Generalmusikdirektor (GMD) in Halle. In 1946, Arthur Bohnhardt established the Hallische Volkssinfonieorchester, but left for West Berlin in 1949. This ensemble received the new name Staatliches Sinfonieorchester Halle in 1954.

In 2006, the current Staatskapelle Halle was formed from the merger of the Philharmonischen Staatsorchesters with the Handel Festival Orchestra. The orchestra's most recent chief conductor was Josep Caballé Domenech, from 2013 to 2018.[1] In September 2018, the orchestra announced the appointment of Ariane Matiakh as the new Generalmusikdirektorin of the Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle, effective with the 2019-2020 season. Matiakh is the first female conductor ever to be named to the posts.[2]

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  1. ^ Joachim Lange (2018-06-20). "Abschied ohne offiziellen Dank - Josep Caballé-Domenech sagt Publikum Lebewohl". Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. Retrieved 2018-10-01.
  2. ^ "Vielseitig und erfahrenAriane Matiakh wird neue Generalmusikdirektorin in Halle". MDR Kultur. 2018-09-17. Retrieved 2018-10-01.

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