Enjoy a cultural break that’s music to your ears with Maritim

From musicals, opera, choral to classical, Germany offers a wide range of musical experiences with internationally renowned performers at festivals, concerts and events across the country

Berlin’s Staatsoper Unter den Linden – Image (c) Gordon Welters

Maritim Hotels, Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group, is perfectly positioned to enable music lovers to enjoy this varied music offering, with properties across a range of key destinations. Here’s Maritim’s summary of forthcoming highlights that’s sure to be music to your ears.

Musical extravaganza at Magdeburg

For guests who enjoy musicals, the Theatre Magdeburg is highly acclaimed due to the success of the DomplatzOpenAir event, an annual outdoor festival which showcases upcoming and established musical acts. From 28 April to 1 May, the opera house will present the Musical-Tage extravaganza, complete with Broadway classics. ‘The Wizard of Oz’, ‘The Little Shop of Horrors’ (sung in German) and ‘Cabaret’ are other scheduled performances.

In between these outstanding musical performances, music lovers can relax and enjoy local hospitality at the nearby Maritim Hotel Magdeburg, conveniently located near to the city’s main railway station. Guests can indulge in a large selection of authentic regional delicacies at the hotel’s ‘Sinfonie’ Restaurant and enjoy a nightcap with a musical accompaniment at the Piano bar, famed for its unique cocktails and rare whiskies. For those looking for active recreation, the hotel comes complete with a swimming pool, gym, spa and comprehensive fitness area.

For more information about performances see www.theatre-magdeburg.de

For more information about the hotel visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-magdeburg/hotel-overview

English choir in Cologne

Cologne’s Philharmonic Hall hosts an English choral music festival on 9 June. Titled ‘Pomp and Circumstance’, the Cologne choir will, as part of the programme, sing Edward Elgar’s world-famous ‘March No 1’, the unofficial national anthem of Great Britain. Renowned soloists also contributing include soprano Agnes Lipka, accompanied by the Rhenish Philharmonic State Orchestra and Thomas Arne, leading a rendition of ‘Rule, Britannia’.

Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste will act as chorus master for the WDR Sympothy Orchestra on 6 and 7 July at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall, with fellow countryman Pekka Kuusisto performing violin solos. There will also be performances of Markus Lindberg’s Concert for Violin and Orchestra and Igor Stravinsky’s ‘Le Sacre du Printemps’.

A short walk from the Cologne Philharmonic Hall is the first class deluxe Maritim Hotel Cologne. There are 454 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites alongside five cafes and restaurants offering a wide range of regional and international specialities. At the hotel’s “Kölsche Stuff” guests can enjoy a genuine taste of local culture, with a refreshing glass of local “Kolsch” beer, served straight from the cask.

For those as passionate about their food as their music, visitors can feast on Maritim’s signature lavish breakfast at the ‘‘Rôtisserie’’ Restaurant, which includes a wide range of hot and cold seasonal produce – guests can make their break a truly special occasion by starting the day with sparkling wine and fresh smoked salmon. The famed “Bellvue” Restaurant, located on the fifth floor, comes complete with panoramic city skyline views and has twice been acclaimed as one of Cologne’s best restaurants.

For more information about the performances see www.koelner-philharmonie.de

For more information about the hotel visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-cologne/hotel-overview

Hit the high notes in Frankfurt

Set on a warship, the story of Benjamin Britten’s sailor ‘Billy Budd’ and his adversary Claggart will be performed in English at Frankfurt Opera House on 2 June. The city’s magnificent Alte Oper concert hall hosts a concert by the Hessische Rundfunk Big-band and the Hessische Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra on 13 April, to commemorate the 100 birthday of Leonard Bernstein, with renowned Colombian conductor Andres Orozco-Estrade leading the performance.

Located next to the historic Alte Oper concert hall in the heart of the city’s cultural district, the first-class deluxe hotel Maritim Hotel Frankfurt emanates pure luxury and comfort and provides unparalleled gastronomic experiences. The “Ambiente” Restaurant serves a wide range of cuisines, while the “SushiSho” Restaurant has been acclaimed as the best Japanese restaurant in the city. Delicious snacks are available throughout the day at “Rendezvous” Lobby-Bar and café. Perfect for a night cap is the “Life Style Bar”, which features a selection of choice wines and rare whiskies. To help unwind after a busy day exploring, the hotel also offers a selection of facilities including a swimming pool and sauna.

For more information about the performances visit www.oper-frankfurt.de/en

For more information about the hotel see www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-frankfurt/hotel-overview

Beethoven in Berlin’s revamped opera house

After a seven-year refurbishment, the Berlin Opera House (Staatsoper Unter den Linden) finally reopened its doors at the end of 2017. At the request of the General Musical Director, the roof of the listed building was raised by four metres, creating a sound-reflecting gallery and increased reverberation. Perfect for theatre lovers is the ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’ opera scheduled for 6 July. Other performances at the revamped opera house include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concert for Piano and Orchestra, starring pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral Symphony’ on 1 July.

Situated close to the Berlin State Opera is the Maritim Hotel Berlin. Its location in the embassy quarter in between Potsdamer Platz and Tiergarten offers the perfect base for exploring the city long after the concert has ended. In addition to 505 stylish rooms and suites, guests can unwind at the extensive wellness facility across two floors. Foodies will love the renowned Restaurant M which serves authentic local cuisine, while the hotel’s “Le Bar” offers a comprehensive selection of wines, beers and spirits.

For more information about the performances see www.staasopherberlin.de and www.konzerthaus.de/en

For more information about the hotel visit www.maritim.com/en/hotels/germany/hotel-berlin/hotel-overview

With 33 locations across Germany as well as hotels in Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta and China, The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group. Its portfolio includes centrally located city hotels, conveniently located airport hotels, coastal beach resorts, lakeside family hotels, course-adjoining golf hotels and parkland spa hotels.

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