Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 08.03.2018 14:52:07 Uhr 27.09.2022 00:24:00 Uhr
Concert instrument for famous organists: the organ of the Dresden Frauenkirche
© Stiftung Frauenkirche Dresden, Photo: Gunter Bähr

Majestic sounds from the “queen of musical instruments”

As the golden days of fall come to Dresden, the city is also filled with exquisite strains of music. Whether it is the celebration of Bach at the Frauenkirchen-Bachtagen, the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest or the International Dresden Master Classes in Music: let yourself feel inspired by masterly interpretations and timeless classics.



  • Large instruments, big names: That is what the Dresdner Orgelzyklus, taking place in 2018 in the Frauenkirche, the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross), the Hofkirche Dresden (Cathedral) und in the Kulturpalast Dresden, has to offer. Famous national and international organists will be playing on the four "big" Dresden organs. In the Frauenkirche, Samuel Kummer will be playing works by Ulrich Steigleder, Johann Jakob Froberger and Johann Sebastian Bach on 21 March. On 4 April, the Prague organist Jaroslaw Tuma will be putting on a concert with historic and contemporary compositions from the Czech Republic and Germany in the Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross). The title of his concert programme: "Prague greets Dresden". The organ cycle also lets you compare sounds. What qualities do they have in common and what separates the instruments in the downtown churches and the Kulturpalast Dresden? You can find out more in the online version of the Dresden-Magazine.

  • The organ in the concert hall of the Kulturpalast Dresden is the newest addition to the rich world of Dresden organs. Many of Dresden’s citizens donated for its construction. Its inaugural concert was in September 2017 and its superb sound can be enjoyed again on 28 March when Johannes Trümpler will be playing the "Symphonie-Passion" on this new concert organ which was built by the old-established organ-building company Hermann Eule Orgelbau.

  • Dresden has more to offer than just world-class concerts. The city also has a long organ-building tradition. Famous organ builders such as Wegscheider and Jehmlich are Dresden companies. igeltour Dresden gives you the opportunity to see an organ builder’s workshop from the inside. On 15 March and 19 July they will be offering guided tours to the organ builder Jehmlich-Orgelbau.

  • The Elbland is also a worthwhile goal for people who appreciate organ music. In the gothic cathedral of Meissen the large organ sings out every day at noon from April through to October. At precisely 12 o’clock there is a 30-minute concert – the "Mittags(Orgel)musik" (Noon(organ)music), during which you are invited to just sit and listen or to walk around and look at the cathedral.

  • Visitors should definitely use the chance to also visit the Meissen Market. There you will hear a very special instrument ringing out from the bell tower of the Frauenkirche Meissen. The world’s first glockenspiel made out of porcelain first rang out here in 1929. Chorals are played on this glockenspiel several times a day. Those who want to take a closer look at the valuable bells which are made from Meissen porcelain, can go and get the keys to the bell tower at the church gate. The climb is also worth it thanks to the beautiful view around Meissen and the Elbland.