Leipzig Gewandhausorchester tours the U.S. with DHL
- DHL Trade Fairs & Events transports over 100 music instruments for seven-day tour through five cities
- Both partners kick off tour by supporting national Teach For All partner in Houston
A tour can take up to two years of logistics planning and requires the shipper to follow a stringent schedule to cope with the short time slots in between concerts.
DHL, the official logistics partner of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester, supports the ensemble's annual tour through the U.S. From November 3 to November 10, the orchestra, under conductorship of Riccardo Chailly, will perform six concerts in Houston, Washington DC, Boston, Newark, and New York (two concerts). DHL accounts for the tour's logistics planning and safe transportation of the sensitive instruments. Furthermore, DHL manages the customs clearance formalities, which this year include the CITES1 certificates for some of the instruments. In cooperation with Teach For All, DHL's partner to expand educational opportunities for underserved children and young people, the musicians will also visit the John Marshall Middle School in Houston on November 3.
"This year's tour marks the 40th anniversary of regular guest appearances by the Gewandhausorchester in the United States. DHL has always been very reliable when it comes to logistics planning and execution, and we look forward to fully focusing on playing Bach, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, and Bruckner again. We are also excited to kick off our tour in Leipzig's twin city Houston and appreciate DHL's support in enabling us to follow our social responsibility agenda internationally," said the orchestra's director Andreas Schulz.
A career as a musician
Before the official tour start in Houston in the evening of November 3, three musicians of the Gewandhausorchester will make a morning visit to the John Marshall Middle School in Houston, led by Principal Michael Harrison, a Teach For America alumnus.
The passionate members of the symphony orchestra will describe the Gewandhaus venue in Leipzig, present its orchestra and its traditions to students, and discuss what a career as a musician can look like.
"Educational opportunity and employability play key roles in our group's idea of corporate responsibility. Hence, we are not just thrilled for the upcoming U.S. tour of the symphony orchestra, but also for the opportunity to bring two of our major partners together to broaden students' educational prospects", Vincenzo Scrudato, Managing Director at DHL Trade Fairs & Events.
DHL has been the official logistics partner for more than five years
DHL has been the official logistics partner of the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester for more than five years, facilitating the logistics planning and transporting instruments and equipment on concert tours in Europe, Asia, and America. A tour can take up to two years of logistics planning and requires the shipper to follow a stringent schedule to cope with the short time slots in between concerts, while always securing safety of the sensitive instruments.
Deutsche Post DHL recognizes that socially disadvantaged children often have the least access to quality education, which is why, as part of the GoTeach program, it has partnered with Teach For All, a global network of independent social enterprises working to expand educational opportunities in their countries. Teach For America, one of Teach For All network partners, works in partnership with communities to expand educational opportunity for children facing the challenges of poverty. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding college graduates and professionals to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the movement to end educational inequity. Today, 10,600 corps members are teaching in 50 urban and rural regions across the country while more than 37,000 alumni work across sectors to ensure that all children have access to an excellent education.
2014 tour schedule for U.S.
November 3, Houston; November 5, Washington; November 7, Boston; November 8, Newark; November 9-10, New York
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