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Nagash Ensemble; Bild: H. Bunse

concerts and cabaret shows

Since 1913, the Society of Friends of Music has actively shaped cultural life in Donaueschingen. Today, with the support of the town of Donaueschingen, it regularly organises concerts and performances for citizens of the town and region.
The main programme features music from the Baroque period to the modern day, with world-class soloists, ensembles and orchestras performing in the Strawinsky Hall of the Donauhallen. Past guests include the Venice Baroque Orchestra, the La Cetra Barockorchester Basel, the Trio Wanderer, the Cuarteto Casals, the Ensemble Nevermind, cellist Maximilian Hornung, violinist Carolin Widmann, piano duo Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen as well as pianist Pierre-​Laurent Aimard.
Since the end of the 1980s, a small cabaret show takes place each month in the vaulted cellar of the Schell house. The highlight of this programme are the political and musical cabarets. Guests have included famous cabaret artists such as Urban Priol, Matthias Deutschmann and Mortiz Netenjakob.
However, Donaueschingen is most known amongst culture enthusiasts for the "Donaueschinger Musiktage" which takes place over a weekend in autumn and has attracted visitors from all over the world since 1921. After the turmoil of war, 1950 was the start of new beginnings in collaboration with the former Südwestfunk broadcasting corporation, which showcased its orchestra and created a new programme highlight as a result. In this way, important orchestral works not only from the classical modern period, but also from younger composers, could achieve recognition.  From Pierre Boulez, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Luigi Nono and Iannis Xenakis, world premières of instrumental works surrounded in scandal could be heard in the fifties.
In order to showcase contemporary music all-year-round in all its glory in Donaueschingen, "die neue reihe" was brought to life in 1996.

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