Before the award ceremony, Prince Albert II of Monaco had visited the research vessel of the German Ocean Foundation “Aldebaran”, which was anchored in Dresden. On Neumarkt, hundreds of Dresden residents and guests were present at the “Dresden singt und musiziert” (literally: “Dresden sings and makes music”) participation program, which has been organized by the Dresden Music Festival for 40 years. Already the first highlight of the evening – punctually at 8.15 pm with the start of the live broadcast on MDR – the audience and listeners on Neumarkt experienced a unique symbiosis: two orchestras were brought together, in and in front of the Church of Our Lady. In front of the church the “Dresdner Elbland Philharmonie Sachsen” under the direction of Jörn Hinnerk Andresen played, inside the church the European Union Youth Orchestra under the direction of Vasily Petrenko. Georg Friedrich Händel’s “Hallelujah” sounded, and later everyone could listen to the Kreuzchor and choirs of the Dresden Music Festival.