Social Programme for participants and/or accompanying partners

August 26th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Get Together «PEVOC8» - Welcome reception
Entrance: Free

Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden
Wettiner Platz 13
01067 Dresden

The origins of the Dresden University of Music are tied to the names Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner. At first the university was an educational institution where the future instrumentalists of the town’s famous orchestra were trained. It turned into the Higher Education State Institute; named after Carl Maria von Weber in 1959.
Today the university trains students in a wide range of musical professions and enjoys an excellent reputation, even far beyond Germany’s borders. Next to the Opera Class and orchestral education, also intense activities in the fields of New Music, Jazz / Rock / Pop as well as in areas of science and pedagogics make up the image of the Dresden University of Music.

Amidst this atmospheric and historical scenery the reception will be hold at the evening of the 26th august in the newly established main concert hall. We encourage you to register and invite you to spend a pleasant time with socialising, meeting friends and colleagues while enjoying offered snacks and drinks.

August 27th, 7:00 pm
Opera “Il Barbiere di Sevilla”
Entrance: 70,00 €
Opera tickets should be booked until may 1st 2009.
Semperoper – Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden
Theaterplatz 2
01067 Dresden

The Sächsische Staatsoper Dresden: a house with an international reputation, with a distinguished orchestra, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden and a world-ranking roster of artists plus a vast array of guest stars, who are the talk of the town. The opera chorus, founded by Carl Maria von Weber: well-known beyond the borders of Germany for concerts and CD productions with the Sächsische Staatskapelle. This is where operatic history was made: world premières of Richard Wagner’s «Rienzi », «Der fliegende Holländer» and «Tannhäuser». And the inseparable link to Richard Strauss: nine of his operas made their first stage appearances here, among them «Salome », «Der Rosenkavalier» and «Elektra». Tradition and modernity in a meaningful interplay: a jubilant reception for the opera «Rigoletto» and enthusiasm for the phenomenal production «Pentheselia».
The Semperoper: a magnificent example of late classic architecture. Built by Gottfried Semper, opened in 1841, rebuilt after the 1869 fire in an operation that took until 1878, destroyed by a 1945 bombardment and then reopened in 1985 in a reconstruction largely based on the original structure. Known world wide as one of the most beautiful opera houses in Europe, its grandiose acoustics are legendary and continue to thrill audiences to this day.
At the evening of 27th august we invite you in this magnificient historical building to join the performance “Il Barbiere di Sevilla” - a comic opera in two acts by Gioacchino Rossini featuring an internationally acknowledged cast.

August 28th, 7:00 pm
Gala Dinner
Entrance: 60,00 €

Castle Albrechtsberg
Bautzner Straße 130
01099 Dresden
At 7.00 pm bus shuttle to Castle Albrechtsberg
Meeting point: in front of the University of Music

From 10.30 pm to 0.30 am bus shuttle from Castle Albrechtsberg to the hotels art'otel, Ibis Hotels, Hotel Elbflorenz, Hotel Hilton and Jugendgästehaus.

Castle Albrechtsberg is regarded as one of the leading names in Dresden for first-class festivities. The lavishly restored halls and rooms provide a magically stunning setting that will make your evening of 29th august unforgetable. In this prestigious atmosphere we invite you to gala dinner.


August 29th, 2:45-3:30 pm
Church of our Ladies (Frauenkirche) - exclusive for PEVOC participants
Sightseeing and short organ concert
Entrance: Free

01067 Dresden

The Frauenkirche Dresden can look back on a 1000-year history. Already its predecessor churches were dedicated to the Mother of God and called Frauenkirche. The church is regarded as the symbol of protestant church construction and a remarkable example of sacred baroque architecture both due to its overall outer appearance as well as to its interior arrangement with the centrally located pulpit, baptismal font, altar and organ. In the 18th century, the famous dome structure by George Bähr was built and dominated Dresden’s cityscape for 200 years.
The church was destroyed shortly before the end of World War II. Its ruin remained as a memorial at the heart of the city. The conviction that the Frauenkirche that had been totally destroyed simply had to be rebuilt was shared by many people within Dresden and elsewhere too. But it took 45 years for the realisation of this dream to become a feasible possibility. And, in total, 60 years went by before the Frauenkirche in all its baroque beauty could reopen its doors to the world. 
Thanks to the impressive efforts made by the citizen's action group, the reconstruction concept was spread throughout the entire world. Over a period of 11 years and more, the church was rebuilt piece by piece - in keeping with the design specifications set out by George Bähr for the old church and using original materials to the largest extent possible. On October 30th 2005, the celebratory consecration took place to mark the conclusion of the church's reconstruction.
Today the church welcomes to its services and devotions, concerts and sacred music events, lectures and readings and invites to hold private devotionals and to pray. The Frauenkirche is open to all who want to rejoice in the beauty of the sanctuary and discover it on their own or in a guided tour. Everyone is invited to take in the message of the church: building bridges – living reconciliation – strengthening faith.

Short presentation of the Frauenkirche Dresden with organ music
You are invited to a short presentation of the Frauenkirche Dresden with organ music on Saturday, 29 August 2009 at 2.45p.m. The short presentation links the elements of a church tour with those of an organ concert. An experienced volunteer tour guide explains the history and the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche and introduces the shape and symbols of the nave and sanctuary. The presentation is followed by organ music. The organist of the Frauenkirche, Samuel Kummer, plays Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy prelude and fugue No. 6 and six preludes and fugues for piano op. 35.