We also have a long tradition of cultural engagement. We consider classical music in particular to be the universal language that brings people together; as such, it is an important part of our culture, which is represented by Philharmonic Orchestra, our musical ambassador. The concerts of this professional ensemble are highly popular, with more than 20,000 people attending them per year. They represent an integral part of the cultural life in the vicinity of our corporate headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Special events for children and youth as well as collaboration with schools, such as the annual orchestra workshop held for the first time in 2010, aim to make classical music more accessible to young people.
Furthermore, Philharmonic Orchestra regularly invites international guest ensembles to Darmstadt and also goes on international concert tours itself.
In 2011, the orchestra toured India, with more than 10,000 people attending the classical music concerts in Mumbai, Pune, New Delhi, Goa, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai. Our Philharmonic Orchestra thus helps to present our corporate culture to employees, customers and many other people. In summer 2013, our Philharmonic Orchestra will be participating in an international jazz festival in Istanbul.