Days of choral and orchestral music start

From A for a cappella to Z for zither orchestra, the days of choral and orchestral music present the entire diversity of music. Regional music associations, choirs and orchestras take center stage. The three-day festival celebrates music and the people who make it through March 19.

February 17, 2023 The Days of Choral and Orchestral Music (TCOM) will kick off on March 17, 2023 in Dessau-Roßlau with a special musical event: a world premiere that places a first musical highlight of the twin city on the Elbe and Mulde right at the beginning.
Dr. Robert Reck, mayor of the city of Dessau-Roßlau, and Dr. Stefan Donath, managing director of the Federal Music Association Choir & Orchestra, presented yesterday with the project team the complete program of the Days of Choir and Orchestra Music (TCOM). The great music festival will take place from March 17-19, 2023 with:

– 32 music ensembles, a good half of them from Dessau-Roßlau
– at 12 locations throughout the city
– a total of about 750 musicians
– 45 concert events
– 2 participatory events and accompanying program
– over 30 hours of music

During the Long Night of Music, which always attracts thousands of visitors, choirs, bands and orchestras will perform at hourly intervals from early evening until late at night at many well-known locations in Dessau-Roßlau. During an ecumenical service or as part of a large open air on the market square, all guests are invited to sing and make music.

Dr. Robert Reck commented: “We are delighted that the start of the festival is just around the corner and that the planning is as good as complete. I am also very pleased that so much of Dessau-Roßlau will be present at the festival – both through the many venues in our city center and through the countless people from our twin city who will be making music. No fewer than 12 venues are involved, including St. John’s Church, the Bauhaus Museum and St. Mary’s Church. Of the 32 ensembles that will perform here during the festival, almost half are from Dessau-Roßlau. Once again, they demonstrate the great musical potential of our city across the whole spectrum of society.”

Dr. Stefan Donath, Managing Director of the Bundesmusikverband Chor & Orchester, comments: “The Days of Choral and Orchestral Music provide the perfect setting to present the entire diversity of amateur music in Germany.

Where can you find alphorns and zither orchestras, polyphonic jazz choirs alongside qualitatively unique a cappella ensembles like Sonat Vox so coherently and colorfully together in a common program? The concerts are all free of charge. Everyone is cordially invited.”

On the initiative of the Saxony-Anhalt State Music Academy, a drum circle will also be held on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 10 am on the market square. About 250 drum and percussion instruments from conga to djembe to guiro (Cuban rhythm instrument) and caxixi (African rattle) are ready and waiting for players. All interested people can participate under the guidance of Peter Grunwald. Those who want to bring their own drum are welcome to do so.

The highlight of the three-day festival will be the recognition of ensembles that are at least 100 years old with the Zelter and PRO MUSICA plaques, which are donated annually by the Federal President. The first plaques of the year will be awarded to the selected ensembles during a ceremony at the Anhaltisches Theater Dessau on Sunday, March 19, 2023. The Minister of State for Culture and Media Claudia Roth MdB is expected to attend the presentation of the plaques.

The complete program can be found at as well as the program book as a download.

Admission is free for all events.

Free tickets for the ceremony are available at the theater box office at the Tourist Information Dessau and at the Anhaltisches Theater.
Tickets can also be purchased via the Anhaltisches Theater webshop and all Reservix advance booking offices with a service fee of EUR 2.