Iconic orchestra rises like the phoenix
The legendary Danish entertainment orchestra DR Underholdningsorkestret, which was closed at the end of 2014 by national broadcaster DR as it sought to save funds, has been resurrected thanks to donations on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.
The new version of the famous orchestra has been named Danmarks Underholdningsorkester (Denmark's Entertainment Orchestra). Some 3 million kroner has been raised via Kickstarter and two major players in Denmark's business sector.
According to Steen Jørgensen, a spokesperson for the national musicians association Dansk Musiker Forbund (DMF), DR have approved the move, in terms of the orchestra's new name and new company, which is scheduled to be launched on February 1.
Kicking off with Mozart
The new orchestra will play its first concert on February 1 at Konservatoriets Koncertsal on Frederiksberg and, because the musicians are performing for free, all the proceeds will go exclusively to the project.
Conductor Adam Fischer will lead the orchestra – originally established back in 1939 – through several Mozart pieces including the so-called 'Haffner Symphony' and 'Exsultate Jubilate'.