Res severa verum gaudium. True pleasure is a serious affair.

We bring music to life in order to provide emotional sustenance for our audience.

We demand of ourselves the highest possible quality of performance, the conscientious care of our tradition and unwavering commitment to the contemporary. We fulfil this credibly, seriously and enduringly.

The mission and objectives of the Gewandhaus zu Leipzig are:

  • The fostering and advancement of civic musical and concert life upon the foundations of the city's history and traditional musical sites.
  • The employment and maintenance of the Gewandhausorchester, the Gewandhaus Organist and the Gewandhaus Choirs for concerts both in Leipzig and beyond.
  • The provision of the Gewandhausorchester for both the performances staged by Leipzig Opera and the performance of cantatas in St. Thomas's Church together with St. Thomas's Choir.
  • The presentation of chamber concerts featuring the ensembles of the Gewandhausorchester, as well as the hosting of concerts of varying genres given my guests and guest ensembles.
  • The provision of an extensive range of education and outreach activities.
  • The operation of the New Gewandhaus as a concert and event location.

    The fostering of tradition and the instigation and cultivation of the new. The active striving for excellence. The creation of values. The nurturing of identity.

    We persistently strive:

    • to maintain and intensify the Gewandhausorchester's worldwide synonymity with artistic excellence
    • to enhance the international profile and reputation of the Gewandhaus's exceptional concert programme
    • to ensure our Gewandhaus prospers as a sought-after and state-of-the-art concert and event location

    in order to enduringly advance Leipzig's international reputation as a city of music.

    Res severa verum gaudium. True pleasure is a serious affair.

    This motto has accompanied the Gewandhausorchester since 1781. In the first Gewandhaus it took pride of place above the stage; in the second Gewandhaus it dominated the facade above the main entrance. In the current Gewandhaus on Augustusplatz the motto adorns the organ prospect in the Great Hall.*



    *The maxim "Res severa verum gaudium" originates from the letters the Roman philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote to Lucilius (Epistulae morales ad Lucilium) alsost 2,000 years ago. The 23rd letter focuses on the subject of true lust for life.