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Since it was founded in 1952 the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester (KKO) has focussed mainly on the rediscovery and cultivation of the Mannheim School of Music and thus is the traditional and direct successor of the famous Mannheimer Hofkapelle (Mannheim Court Orchestra) of the times of Elector Palatinate Carl Theodore (1724-1799).
Due to Carl Theodore's modern thinking during the years of his reign, Mannheim and the Palatinate developed into one of the most innovative and progressive regions in sciences and arts in Germany and Europe. It was particularly in the field of concert music that a novel musical language could evolve as the Elector attracted the best composers and musicians of his times to the court of Mannheim who – through their musical creativity – revolutionized orchestral culture, among them Johann Stamitz and his sons Anton and Carl, Franz Xaver Richter, Ignaz Holzbauer or Christian Cannabich. Indeed, the classical style of performing instrumental music as we know it today would not be have been possible without the artistry of the Court Orchestra (Kurfürstliche Hofkapelle) and the achievements of the Mannheim School. When Carl Theodore moved to Munich in 1778, the brilliant era of musical history ended in the Palatinate and was gradually forgotten in the course of time.
It was only by founding the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester that the Mannheim School of Music returned to the rivers Rhine and Neckar, bringing it back to the attention of a broad public. So by decades of untiring efforts – e.g. numerous concerts, radio broadcasts and recordings or work editions – many important compositions of the Mannheim composers returned to public attention in concert programmes worldwide. Thus, to many friends of music all over the world the Mannheim School is inseparably linked with the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester – even more so: this orchestra is generally recognized as the orchestra devoted to the Mannheim School of Music.
Until today by its 80 to 100 concerts per year the Kurpfälzisches Kammerorchester makes an essential contribution to the outstandingly rich heritage of music history in the region keeping it alive far outside its regional borders. Many concerts in renowned venues such as Gasteig Munich, the Glocke in Bremen, Tonhalle Zurich, the Luxemburg Philharmonia or the Seoul Arts Centre as well as regular invitations to national and international festivals testify to the outstanding musical quality of this orchestra, its enthusiasm and wide scope of its repertoire ranging from baroque to contemporary music, thus guaranteeing first-class orchestra performances focussed on the early classical as well as the classical periods.