Before the award ceremony, Prince Albert II of Monaco had visited the research vessel of the German Marine Foundation “Aldebaran”, which was anchored in Dresden. On Neumarkt, hundreds of Dresden residents and guests were present at the “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 spectators and listeners on Neumarkt experienced a unique symbiosis: two orchestras were brought together, in and in front of the Frauenkirche. In front of the church, the Dresden Elbland Philharmonic Orchestra of Saxony under the direction of Jörn Hinnerk Andresen played, inside, the Youth Orchestra of the European Union under the direction of Vasily Petrenko. George Frideric Handel’s “Hallelujah” sounded, and later everyone could listen to the Kreuzchor and choirs of the Dresden Music Festival.