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University Orchestra with tradition: Collegium musicum of TU Chemnitz celebrates 50th anni-versary – next concert is on June 29, 2014

There are many universities in Germany, which have an orchestra, but only few of these can look back on such a long tradition as the Collegium musicum of Technische Universität Chemnitz. It was founded in 1964 as a small musical association at the former Technische Hochschule Karl-Marx-Stadt, which is organized as a registered association since 2009. This year celebrates the 50th anniversary of the university Orchestra with several concerts.

On Sunday, June 29, 2014 at 11:00 am, the orchestra under the musical direction of Michael Scheitzbach, invites all of those who are interested to the morning matinee in the Schlosskirche Chemnitz. The program includes orchestral works by Haydn, Bizet, Elgar and solo concertos by Vivaldi and Mendelssohn Bartholdy. Soloists of the concert will be two trumpeters of Dresdner Musikhochschule and the two clarinet players of the orchestra. On this day, the Collegium musicum will play a few works with some of its former members. This allows to almost double the orchestra, and shows how many former musicians still feel connected with it, even though now they had put carrier on their first place. The former instrumentalists of TU will come together to share their experiences and memories, visit Chemnitz and TU Chemnitz and also make music.

From pupils to students and even retirees, the University Orchestra unites even today musicians of different ages and backgrounds. Thus, the orchestra makes an important contribution to not only the cultural life of TU Chemnitz but also to the entire city of Chemnitz. The ensemble toured throughout its 50-year history to numerous European cities, Japan, and took several times successfully part in various competitions. Besides, the Collegium musicum actively participates in the events of TU Chemnitz. Many wellknown representatives of science, industry and politics count to its audience. This includes the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso and Her Royal Highness, Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand.

Everyone interested in the history and achievements of the orchestra in the last five decades, or wants to actively participate or promote the Collegium musicum, can visit the homepage of the orchestra at

(Translation: Nataliia Boiko)

Mario Steinebach

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