recreation - GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ © Werner Kmetitsch
Update on the current situation
In accordance with the Austrian government’s measures of 6th April 2020 to prevent the spread of the Corona crisis, which prohibit all events up to the end of June 2020, we have regretfully been obliged to cancel all the concerts in the recreation and recreationBarock series.


As Johann Sebastian Bach put it: “Music’s only purpose should be for the Glory of God and the recreation of the human spirit”. Recreation of the soul, that’s what the orchestra provides for its audience: refreshment, revival, recreation. Furthermore, recreation is what the musicians do: they reconstruct the process of creation by bringing an otherwise lifeless work of art back to life. Since 2002, the musicians of the “recreation” project have been working together in the “Großes Orchester Graz” and have been trying to find new ways to reach this goal.

upcoming concerts

Marcello Girardelli
Alfredo Bernardini playing his oboe © Marcello Girardelli
Alfredo Bernardini playing his oboe


March 16, 2020, Stefaniensaal
Werner Kmetitsch
Markus Schirmer, Pianist © Werner Kmetitsch
Markus Schirmer, Pianist


March 23 & 24, 2020, Stefaniensaal
recreation Saison 2019/20 - Titelseite des Programmfolders
Season 2019/20

The Sound of the Seasons

with recreation & recreationBAROCK

Every season of the year has its own particular sound. In recreation’s coming season, the concert programmes are in harmony with the months: we start off in October with autumn in beautiful Paris; at the beginning of the new year, everything revolves around Beethoven – after all 2020 is Beethoven Year …

styriarte 2020

Gifts of the Night

June 19 to July 19

Some seek rest and peacefulness at night, others arousal and adventure.  Be that as it may, night always invokes particularly strong feelings, which is why composers have always sung the praises of all the different facets of night. In 2020 the styriarte gives itself over to musical revelations of the night, inspired by Johann Joseph Fux’s opera “The Gifts of the Night” …


Mei-Ann Chenn wird „Erste Gastdirigentin“ von recreation © Sandra Wanderer
Mei-Ann Chenn wird „Erste Gastdirigentin“ von recreation

Mei-Ann Chen

“Principal Guest Conductor”

“I am delighted that the great personal and artistic relationship that has developed in the collaboration between Mei-Ann Chen and the recreation-GROSSES ORCHESTER GRAZ musicians since 2011 is now expressed in the fact that Mei-Ann Chen will act as the ‘Principal Guest Conductor’ of our orchestra …” (Mathis Huber, Artistic Director)

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