LOGISTICS FOR WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS: DHL SUPPORTS LEIPZIG GEWANDHAUSORCHESTER ON ITS TOUR OF EUROPE AND ASIA

Press Release: Bonn 10/31/2017

  • DHL is proud to present the concert tour celebrating the 90th birthday of Herbert Blomstedt: As Official Logistics Partner, DHL ensures the secure transport of the orchestra’s fragile, valuable instruments
  • The successful cooperation since 2005 has now been extended by two further seasons
  • The orchestra will stop off in Baden-Baden, Germany, on October 27 before traveling on to Austria, Japan and Taiwan
  • Deutsche Post DHL Group’s GoTeach program enables meet and greet for musicians and music pupils backstage at Festival Hall

DHL Trade Fair & Events, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, will once again be supporting the renowned Gewandhausorchester in 2017 as Official Logistics Partner on its upcoming international concert tour. The extensive tour, which will take the orchestra across Europe and Asia for 17 special concerts, debuted in London on October 22 and will play its finale on November 17 in Taipei – all in honor of the 90th birthday of Herbert Blomstedt, the orchestra’s honorary conductor. Following guest performances in London, Paris and Luxembourg, the orchestra was in Festival Hall Baden-Baden on October 27 for the only concert of the current tour to be staged in Germany.

The tour’s concert repertoire will comprise works premiered by the Gewandhausorchester over the course of its 275-year history in Leipzig. A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 7 in E major, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Triple Concerto and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C major are just a selection of the masterpieces audiences will be treated to during the 17-day tour. The orchestra will play five different concert variations over the course of the tour, which will include no fewer than four concerts in Vienna and three in Tokyo. The tour’s soloists are Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Gautier Capuçon (violoncello), Kirill Gerstein (piano), Genia Kühmeier (soprano) and Michael Nagy (baritone), and the Gewandhausorchester will also be accompanied by the Vienna Singverein concert choir.

DHL has been taking care of logistics for the Gewandhausorchester for over 10 years. Concert logistics demands a substantial amount of expertise: Around six tons of freight must be transported from one venue to the next not only securely but on time – often from one day to the next. The orchestra’s cargo includes over one hundred valuable musical instruments. Not only are the individual items highly sensitive to their environment but some are one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be replaced. In order to protect the instruments from damage, they are transported in temperature-controlled containers which keep the contents at a constant 18-20°C.

Gregor Klammer, Product Manager at DHL Trade Fairs and Events, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, knows everything there is to know about the requirements for the correct transport of these sensitive instruments: “They must get to their destination on time without being subject to any significant transport shock or fluctuations in temperature. If the valuable instruments are allowed to get too warm or too cold, they are susceptible to damage – a risk we avoid with the help of temperature-controlled transport containers. Often the instruments are required to change location on a daily basis. And on rest days, we bring the instruments to the musicians’ hotel to allow them to practice.”

Over and above this, DHL also takes care of the transportation of music stands, wardrobe items and everything else that the orchestra requires for the concert tour, not to mention performing all the necessary customs formalities.

Meeting the artists: Deutsche Post DHL Group’s program GoTeach gives pupils a glimpse into the daily work of a professional musician

To mark the occasion of the concert in Baden-Baden, and as part of a DHL partnership with the Teach First Deutschland organization, a special musicians’ hour is being held to allow 14 pupils from the Werkrealschule Lichtental to gain an insight into the working day of a professional musician. Not only will they get to go behind the scenes at the venue but they will also have the opportunity to talk to the Gewandhausorchester musicians in person, and try out some of the instruments.

The charitable initiative Teach First Deutschland aims to improve the educational prospects of socially disadvantaged children and young people. It forms part of the international Teach For All network with which Deutsche Post DHL Group collaborates within the framework of the Group’s GoTeach program. Ralf Dürrwang, Vice President Corporate Citizenship at Deutsche Post DHL Group explains: “If you have a good school education, you will have better opportunities in life. That's why we have supported Teach First Deutschland from the first moment on.”