Tips for the Upcoming Week
6 July – 12 July 2018

Evening at the “Elbwiesen” © 2013 Sven Doering / Agentur Focus

Friday, 6 July: Utrecht Student Choir and Orchestra

This Friday, the Utrecht Student Choir and Orchestra (USKO for short), a Dutch ensemble consisting of 120 enthusiastic musicians from the University of Utrecht, will perform Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Hohe Messe in h-Moll” in the Auferstehungskirche in Dresden. The USKO holds a unique place within the Dutch classical music scene due to its large choir and orchestra and the high quality of its performances, combined with the youthfulness (ages 17 – 29) and enthusiasm of its members, who are brought together by their passion for classical music. The work to be performed is often hailed as one of the greatest compositions in musical history and was one of the last pieces in Bach’s career, not completed until 1749, the year before his death. Bach’s works have been performed by the USKO traditionally ever since the foundation of the group in 1945, in a 3 year cycle, rotating between three of the composer’s most well-known works. The performance in Dresden is part of the USKO’s annual tour, which this year will also visit Salzburg, Prague and Leipzig.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 12 EUR Regular, 9 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Auferstehungskirche, Reckestr. 6, 01187 Dresden; BUS 62, 63, 85 ‘Rathaus Plauen’ stop.
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Friday, 6 July: After Work Trip – Bike and Hike to Dresden’s Hidden Spots

Join us for a after work bike & hike tour to the Sugar Loaf Mountain, not in Rio but in Dresden. On Friday 6 July, our volunteer Therése offers to explore a beautiful viewpoint off the beaten track within Dresden. You will go there by bike (approx. 1 hour ride), hike up to the “Zuckerhut” and enjoy a picnic with Elbe view. Return by bike will be around 9:30pm at the main station. Bring a bike with functioning lights, a bike lock, water and something to eat and share at the picnic.

Beginning: Friday, 6 July starting 5.30 p.m.; Meeting point: in front of REWE, Bayerische Strasse at Hauptbahnhof; Register:
Maximum 15 participants.

Saturday, 7 July: RBS Europa Choir Concert

At last, a free choir performance in Dresden! This weekend, the Run by Singers choir, or RBS for short, has made its way all the way down from across the canal from London for a performance in Dresden. The choir is made up of 60 passionate musicians from the UK who not only enjoy to sing but also enjoy to travel. Ever since 2003, Run by Singers has been arranging choral singing weeks and weekends in places scattered throughout Europe. Their singing holidays bring together members from choirs around the UK as well as independent musicians who practice together for at least a week and conclude their holiday with a concert in a prestigious location. In Dresden, they will perform in the Neustadt’s oldest church, the Dreikönigskirche on the Hauptstraße. On show will be Johannes Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem (A German Requiem), the composer’s longest composition comprised of seven movements with a running time of between 65 to 80 minutes. Bring your friends and family and enjoy a wonderful musical evening in the heart of the Dresden Neustadt.

Beginning: 7:30 p.m. ; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
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Sunday, 8 July: International Picnic at the River Elbe (open to all)

It is often said that life is not a picnic, but on 8 July it can be! The Welcome Center invites everybody to a fun and enjoyable Sunday picnic at the river Elbe. Feel free to bring your friends, partners, colleagues, neighbors, etc. We are planning a “tasty” feast of eating, chatting and getting to know each other as well as each others food ;) Therefore, please bring a dish, a dessert or some fruits, etc. that are typical for your home country. As we are going to sit down on the grass, you might also want to bring a blanket as well as a plate and cutlery, so that you are well prepared for all those culinary delights.
We will meet at the statue “Goldener Reiter” and then go to the river bank together to find a good place to sit down (probably somewhere in front of the restaurant “Elbsegler”).

Sunday, 8 July 2.30 p.m.; Meeting point: Statue “Goldener Reiter” (golden horseman), Neustädter Markt 14, 01097 Dresden; Costs: free, but bring food and drinks for a potluck, please!
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Sunday, 8 July: Dresden Monarchs vs. Hamburg Huskies

It often seems like American Football is a sport which may only be appreciated in the United States or throughout the world through cable television or during the super bowl. However, football may also be enjoyed in Germany, especially in Dresden as the city’s football team is a member of the first tier of the country’s professional football league, the German Football League, or GFL. This year, the Monarchs are enjoying an exceptionally positive streak so far, currently holding the first place of its North division. The team must remain among the top four positions so as to qualify for the playoffs and to make it a step closer towards the German Bowl, which will take place in October in Berlin. Last year, the Monarchs were kicked out already on the first round of the playoffs and this year they hope to perform better but to do so they need their fan’s support! Come out this Sunday to their home stadium next to the Marien Bridge and show your support for the best football team in the East!

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Tickets starting from 10 EUR Regular, 7,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Heinz-Steyer-Stadion, Pieschener Allee 1A, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum’ stop.

Monday, 9 July: Wettbüro Unplugged – Long Tall Jefferson

Summer is here and there’s no better way to celebrate than under an open sky with a cool drink and some live music to keep the moods high. This year, the Altes Wettbüro has put together a very nice event which will take place throughout the summer in the club’s summer garden: Wettbüro Unplugged. The idea is simple, twice a month a concert will take place in the garden but instead of it having a normal concert format, all music will be played without any sort of electric amplification, hence, unplugged. Surely a much more relaxed atmosphere, especially when in the company of friends. Food and drinks will be provided at the bar’s prices and enough people to get to know will definitely also be present. This week, the featured artist comes from Switzerland and has already performed all throughout Europe: Long Tall Jefferson. His music is the perfect combination for this weather, with relaxed and chilled out tunes combined with his calming voice. Come out and celebrate the summer accompanied by good music in its most natural form: unplugged.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free ; How to get there: Altes Wettbüro, Antonstraße 8, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 11 ‘Bahnhof Neustadt’ stop.
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Tuesday, 10 July: Hostiles

In 1892, legendary Army Capt. Joseph Blocker reluctantly agrees to escort a dying Cheyenne war chief and his family back to their tribal land. Embarking on a harrowing and perilous journey from Fort Berringer, N.M., to the grasslands of Montana, they soon encounter a young widow whose family was killed on the plains. The travelers must now band together to survive a punishing landscape that’s crawling with hostile Comanches and vicious outliers. Hostiles is a 2017 American Western film written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on a story by Donald E. Stewart. After its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival in September 2017, it finally went wide on January 2018 and has now finally reached German movie theatres. In general, it received positive reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes’ critical consensus claiming that it “benefits from stunning visuals and a solid central performance from Christian Bale, both of which help elevate its uneven story.”

Beginning: 8:45 p.m..; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str./Nordbad’ stop.

Wednesday, 11 July: Organ Concert with Jean-Baptiste Dupont

The Dresden Cathedral, known in German as the Katholische Hofkirche, is the most important catholic church in the city and undoubtedly one of the most beautiful architectural highlights of the old city’s skyline. Commissioned by Augustus III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, it is directly connected to the Dresden Castle and was meant for the use of the royal family as well as of other higher ranking officials. Inside, it holds the last work of the renowned organ builder Gottfried Silbermann, a beautiful organ which was carefully restored in post-war times. This Wednesday, as part of the Dresden’s International Organ Week, cathedral organist Jean-Baptiste Dupont will play heart-warming works by J.S. Bach and Francois Couperin. Originally from Bordeaux, Dupont has already performed in more than 500 recitals in several European countries, in the USA and in Russia. His broad repertoire includes works from the Renaissance to the present days and he is considered to be one of the greatest young improvisers on the organ. Since 2012, he was appointed organist at the Bordeaux Cathedral and ever since 2014 he is the artistic director of the cathedral, speaking up for the rebuilding of the organ in his home town.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 7,70 EUR Regular, 5,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Dresden Hofkirche, Schloßstraße 24, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
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Thursday, 12 July: After Work Meditation

Recently, a wave of new meditation workshops and even smartphone apps have been popping up, due to the proven benefits of this rather simple activity. It offers a chance to free your mind from the everyday worries, to bring down your stress levels and some even argue it has strong healing capabilities for the body. After a long, stressful day at work, there is nothing better than to just do nothing, to concentrate only on your breathing and to let go from the chaos from everyday life. Every week on Thursday, a group organized by Mindaesthetics meets at the Großer Garten for a relaxed group meditation session. Benefits of taking part include an increase in concentration, strengthening of the immune system, stress reduction as well as improved emotional strength. Along with so many benefits, you also get to enjoy a relaxed afternoon in Dresden’s most beautiful park, so there is nothing to lose!

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Donation based; How to get there: Parktheater im Großer Garten, Hauptallee 12, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 9, 13 ‘Querallee’ stop.


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