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Upcoming Concerts:

January 19, 2021 — Livestream Concert from Karl Osthaus Museum incorporating its current hyperrealism exhibition

Hagen Philharmonic Orchester  Tower Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman, Haydn Symphony Nr. 22 “The Philosopher”, Schreker Intermezzo, Ives The Unanswered Question, Sciarrino “La Perfidia”, Daugherty “Sinatra Shag”

Febuary 2, 2021 — Livestream Symphony Concert featuring soloists from the Hagen Orchestra

Mozart Sinfonia Concertante, Mahler Piano Quartet (orch. Trafton), Schreker Kammersinfonie

March 1, 2021 — Symphony Concert featuring Roger Muraro, piano

Chopin Piano Concerto Nr. 1, Bartók Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta

March 13, 2021 — Concert with singers from Theater Hagen

Mahler Das Knaben Wunderhorn, Britten Les Illuminations, Gruber Frankenstein

April 22, 2021 – Concert with the New York Gypsy All Stars

Württembergisches Philharmonie Reutlingen

Trafton is currently in his fourth season as Music Director of the Hagen Philharmonic Orchestra.  Conducting a broad palette of symphonic repertoire from Haydn, Brahms, and Mahler to Janácek, Hindemith, and Schostakovich, he also engages with issues of historical performance practice as well as commissioning and conducting world premieres.  Theater Hagen, where he is chief conductor, was awarded “Best theater beyond the major centers” in 2019, whereby his production of Tristan und Isolde was highlighted.  He has previously served as First Kapellmeister at the Nationaltheater Mannheim, awarded 2014-15 Opera House of the Year, as well as Kapellmeister positions in Braunschweig and Regensburg. He regularly guest conducts symphony orchestras and new music ensembles in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, and the Czech Republic.  His broad opera repertoire includes Der Golem (world premiere), La Traviata, Les contes d’Hoffmann, Il barbiere di Siviglia, Eugen Onegin, Rusalka, La Bohéme, Madama Butterfly, Carmen, Der Freischütz, L’Elisir d’Amore, Cavalleria Rusticana, Pagliacci. In addition, he has led numerous projects for youth and familes including Carmen – High School Opera, Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel’s Ma Mere L’oye Suite, Milhaud’s Le Boeuf sur le Toit and many more.

Photo: Receiving guidance from Bernhard Haitink.