Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has a long tradition of cultural commitment. 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 that is represented by the , our musical ambassador. The concerts of this professional ensemble are highly popular, with more than 26,000 people attending them per year. They represent an integral part of the cultural life in the vicinity of our Global headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Special events for children and adolescents as well as partnerships with schools are intended to encourage young people to develop a taste for classical music. In both 2013 and 2014, around 50 children participated in our annual orchestra workshop, rehearsing and performing with the philharmonic members. Furthermore, the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck gave four "cushion concerts", thereby reaching around 800 children.
The Deutsche Philharmonie Merck regularly invites international ensembles to Darmstadt while itself also touring internationally. In July 2013, the philharmonic orchestra gave a concert at the International Jazz Festival in Istanbul. In 2014, the orchestra gave a charity concert in the United Arab Emirates (Dubai) to benefit patients with multiple sclerosis.