A celebration of German Romantic music.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra invites you to a celebration of German Romantic music in April 2024!

Three concert weekends will take audiences on a star-studded journey through the Romantic movement in Germany, from its beginnings with Ludwig van Beethoven through to its "Last Songs" with Richard Strauss. Chamber concerts, lectures, and special events with community partners will round out this deep dive into the mysterious and the sublime.

The German Romantics Festival is presented with the generous support of The Halle Foundation and in partnership with the Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta.

The Halle Foundation              German Cultural Center

Festival Events

Explore the romantic worlds of Brahms, Beethoven, and Strauss through concerts, lectures, chamber music, and more.

Lecture - Notes on the Romantics

March 21, 2024 at 6:30pm
The Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta joins the ASO for an introduction to German Romantic music and composers.

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Pre-Concert Chamber Performance: Mozart, Beethoven + Haydn

April 4 & 5, 2024 at 6:45pm
Join us for this special pre-concert chamber performance featuring conversations between three of history’s greatest composers.

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Stutzmann Conducts Mozart + Brahms

April 4 & 5, 2024 at 8pm
Join us for an evening of two iconic works by Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn and Symphony No. 1. ASO concertmaster David Coucheron and principal violist Zhenwei Shi also take center-stage for Mozart’s brilliant Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat.

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Myth and the Romantic Rhine: An Evening of German Theatre and Song

April 11, 2024 at 6:30pm
The Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta joins the ASO in an evening of Romantic music, theater and poetry inspired by Germany’s greatest river.

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Nathalie Stutzmann + Renée Fleming

April 11 & 13, 2024 at 8pm
Hear the incomparable Renée Fleming as she joins the ASO and music director Nathalie Stutzmann for an evening of Richard Strauss.

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Lecture - Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self

April 13, 2024 at 6:30pm
Best-selling author Andrea Wulf takes us on a vivid journey through the remarkable beginnings of German Romanticism, a movement that changed the way we think about ourselves and the world.

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Lecture - German Romantic Literature and Music

April 18, 2024 at 6pm
Dr. Peter Höyng of Emory University shows how the works of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann, and Strauss were shaped by the literary giants of their day, from Goethe to Schiller to Heine.

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Pre-Concert Chamber Performance: Brahms' Swan Song

April 18 & 20, 2024 at 6:45pm
Join us for this special pre-concert chamber performance of Brahms' String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 111.

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Stutzmann Conducts Pires + Beethoven

April 18 & 20, 2024 at 8pm
Portuguese virtuoso Maria João Pires joins music director Nathalie Stutzmann in Beethoven’s sublime Piano Concerto No. 4. The concert stays in the German-Romantic vein with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides Overture, and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 4.

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Around Town

Continue to celebrate German Romantic history and culture this spring at the following community partner events.

Juilliard String Quartet with Vega Quartet and William Ransom

April 12, 2024, at 12pm
Presented by Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta at Emerson Concert Hall at Emory University

The legendary Juilliard String Quartet joins forces with the Vega Quartet and pianist William Ransom for Schumann's brilliant Piano Quintet and Mendelssohn’s miraculous Octet.

Photo by Erin Baiano

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Bach's Lunch: Schubert Quintet for Strings

April 19, 2024, at 12pm
Presented by Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta at First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta

Zuill Bailey, Grammy award-winning cellist, returns to Atlanta and joins the Vega Quartet for a free presentation of one of the greatest works in the chamber repertoire, the glorious Schubert Quintet for Strings.

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Die Walküre

April 27 & 30, May 3 & 5, 2024
Presented by The Atlanta Opera at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre

Greer Grimsley returns as the definitive Wotan in The Atlanta Opera’s new production of one of opera’s greatest triumphs.

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Goethe Zentrum Annual Signature Celebration Extravaganza & Fundraiser

April 28, 2024, from 4-8pm

Plan to join us for an evening of Rhine-themed fun, mystical program with fairy tales, music, food, wine, and more to support our work and outreach.

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