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9th November 2017

Logistics for world-class musicians: DHL supports Gewandhausorchester Leipzig on its tour of Europe and Asia

  • DHL is proud to present the concert tour celebrating the 90th birthday of Herbert Blomstedt: As Official Logistics Partner, DHL ensures the secure transport of the orchestra's fragile, valuable instruments
  • The successful cooperation since 2005 has now been extended by two further seasons
  • The orchestra will stop in Japan and Taiwan after the Europe leg


TAIPEI, TAIWAN - Media OutReach - November 9, 2017 - DHL Trade Fair & Events, a unit of DHL Global Forwarding, Freight, is once again supporting the renowned Gewandhausorchester in 2017 as Official Logistics Partner on its current international concert tour. The extensive tour, which is taking the orchestra across Europe and Asia for 17 special concerts, debuted in London on October 22 and will play its finale on November 17 in Taipei -- all in honor of the 90th birthday of Herbert Blomstedt, the orchestra's honorary conductor. Following guest performances in London, Paris and Luxembourg, the orchestra will perform in Japan (Sapporo, Yokohama and Tokyo) from November 7 to 13, and Taipei, Taiwan from November 16 - 17.


The tour's concert repertoire will comprise works premiered by the Gewandhausorchester over the course of its 275-year history in Leipzig. A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Anton Bruckner's Symphony No. 7 in E major, Ludwig van Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Franz Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major are just a selection of the masterpieces audiences will be treated to during the 27-day tour. The orchestra will play five different concert variations over the course of the tour, which will include no fewer than four concerts in Vienna and three in Tokyo. The tour's soloists are Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Gautier Capuçon (violoncello), Kirill Gerstein (piano), Genia Kühmeier (soprano) and Michael Nagy (baritone), and the Gewandhausorchester will also be accompanied by the Vienna Singverein concert choir.


DHL has been taking care of logistics for the Gewandhausorchester for over 10 years. Concert logistics demands a substantial amount of expertise: Around six tons of freight must be transported from one venue to the next not only securely but on time -- often from one day to the next. The orchestra's cargo includes over one hundred valuable musical instruments. Not only are the individual items highly sensitive to their environment but some are one-of-a-kind pieces that cannot be replaced. In order to protect the instruments from damage, they are transported in temperature-controlled containers which keep the contents at a constant 18-20°C.


Charles Kaufmann, CEO, North Asia; Managing Director, Japan; and Head, Value Added Services, Asia Pacific, DHL Global Forwarding is honored to be working with the Gewandhausorchester yet again: "The logistics behind the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig tour involves more than a hundred precious and delicate equipment that are worth three million euros. The transportation of such sensitive instruments in North Asia alone -- consisting of four different cities in 11 days with very quick turnaround times -- requires meticulous planning and effective coordination throughout the entire transport chain, and we are honored that Gewandhausorchester has entrusted us with this responsibility."


Kenny Mok, Managing Director, DHL Global Forwarding Taiwan echoes the importance of keeping these instruments safe: "Many of Gewandhausorchester's instruments are unique and virtually irreplaceable. They must get to their destination on time without being subject to any significant transport shock or fluctuations in temperature. If the valuable instruments get too warm or too cold, they will be susceptible to damage -- a risk we avoid with the help of temperature-controlled transport containers. We take great pride and pleasure in facilitating Gewandhausorchester's transport requirements, ensuring the timely arrival of the Orchestra's equipment throughout the tour from Europe to its finale here in Taipei."


Over and above this, DHL also takes care of the transportation of music stands, wardrobe items and everything else that the orchestra requires for the concert tour, not to mention performing all the necessary customs formalities.


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