It is not only folk music that has a long tradition in Bavaria. Welll-known composers left their marks, as you can discover for example in Augsburg's Mozart House, in Bayreuth's museums dedicated to Wagner and Liszt, in Dießen's Carl-Orff-Museum or the Richard-Strauss-Institute in Garmisch-Patenkirchen.
Bavaria is home to many famous orchestras. The Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bamberg Symphonic Orchestra belong to the leading orchestras internationally. Based in Munich's national theater, the Bavarian State Orchestra performs in one of the world's top-rated opera houses. The Munich Symphonic Orchestra, the Munich Chamber Orchestra, the Hofer Symphonic Orchestra, the Nuremberg Symphonic Orchestra, the Bad Reichenhall Symphonic Orchestra and the Castle Werneck Chamber Orchestra offer top-class programs.
A varied musical program is also offered in numerous castles and monasteries such as Nymphenburg, Dachau and Schleißheim, Ottobeuren, Benediktbeuren and Seeon. In addition, a range of international music festivals such as the Bach Week in Ansbach, the Mozart Festival in Würzburg, the Kissinger Summer Festival in Bad Kissingen, the European Weeks Festival in Passau, the International Organ Week in Nuremberg and the Richard-Strauss festival in Garmisch Patenkirchen take place during summer. Jazz, rock and pop music is performed at various musical events such as the International Jazz Week in Burghausen.
The Bavarian Music Council has more than one million members and is the umbrella organization for Bavaria's musical life. Particularly in rural areas, amateur music plays a major role. 600.000 citizens are members in one of 11.000 choirs, brass bands and other instrumental ensembles organized by the Bavarian musical association "Singen und Musizieren in Bayern" ("Singing and music-playing in Bavaria"). 135.000 children and youths are musically educated in one of 220 Bavarian singing and music schools. The latter have become the basis of Bavarian music culture since the foundation of the registered association of Bavarian singing and music schools in 1970.
The Bavarian State Opera in Munich is one of the most traditional Bavarian stages for international opera stars. It is home of the Bavarian State orchestra, one of the best opera orchestras worldwide.
The Munich Kammerspiele and the Bavarian State Drama Theater at the Residenztheater are two of Germany's top-rated language theaters.
Operas, operettes and musicals are played in Munich's State Theater at Gärtnerplatz. Up-and-coming artists are educated in the Bavarian Theater Academy at Prinzregententheater. The Munich theater scene is completed by popular theater, youth theater ("Schauburg") and a wealth of private theaters, free theaters, boulevard theaters, cabarets and experimental theater.
Theaters in Nuremberg, Augsburg, Regensburg, Würzburg and Coburg cover musical theater, drama and dance theater. City theaters in Bamberg, Erlangen, Fürth and Ingolstadt focus on drama. Theaters in Hof, Landshut, Passau, Straubing, Memmingen and Dinkelsbühl are regionally significant.
Various children's and youth theaters such as Nuremberg's "Pfütze" (literally "puddle") and Mummpitz, or puppet theaters like the world-famous Augsburger Puppenkiste address the younger audience.
In summer, Bavaria turns into a festival landscape: Wagner fans from all over the world visit the Bayreuth festivals. Drama fans love to visit the Luisenburg Festival in Wunsiedel and the Feuchtwangen Cloister Playhouse. A fairly new festival in Andechs is dedicated to the works of Carl Orff.
Dancing has also got a long tradition in Bavaria. Folk dances such as the "Schuhplattler" are known worldwide. Classical ballet is brought to perfection in the Bavarian State Ballet. Internationally renowned choreographers show the recent trends in contemporary dance at the European dance workshop ("Tanzwerkstatt Europa").