The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra (German: Nürnberger Symphoniker) is a German orchestra based in Nuremberg.
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The orchestra began in 1946 as the Franconia State Orchestra (Fränkisches Landesorchester). In the early 1950s, the orchestra accrued international acclaim for their recordings of the sound tracks to Quo Vadis and Ben Hur by Miklós Rózsa.
The orchestra took its current name in 1963 for the dedication of the newly built Meistersingerhalle. In 1993, they won a Grammy Award in the category Best Pop Instrumental Performance for the soundtrack of Beauty and the Beast.
Since 2008, the Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra has a new rehearsal and concert hall with a seating capacity of 515, the Neuer Musiksaal. During the summer, it also presents an open air concert series in the Serenadenhof, the southern courtyard of the Congress Hall.
Alexander Shelley has been the Principal Conductor of the orchestra since 2009, Lucius A.Hemmer was appointed Managing and Artistic Director in 2003.
The Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra performs approximately 100 concerts a year to a combined annual audience of more than 180,000. Regular subscription concert series are performed in the Meistersingerhalle for more than 3.000 subscribers.
After serving as festival orchestra of the Heidenheim Opera Festival for 25 years the Nuremberg Symphony took over same position at Frankonian Summer Festival in 2013. Besides it records for the Bavarian radio (Bayerischer Rundfunk) as well as numerous CD labels, frequently. They've performed regularly in Berlin, Milan, Prague and Vienna, and completed their first Japanese tour in October 2009. In autumn 2012 a 14-day tour led them to China performing in all major cities.
Every summer the orchestra participates in Europe's largest open air classical music event: Klassik Open Air. Two performances are given two weeks apart, one by the Nuremberg Symphony, the other by the Nuremberg Philharmonic. Each year, these two concerts are visited by an audience of some 120,000.
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