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The Munich Symphony Orchestra (Münchner Symphoniker) is a German orchestra based in Munich
Munich The city's motto is "" . Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" . Its native name, , is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat...

. Kurt Graunke founded the orchestra as the Graunke Symphony Orchestra in 1945. The orchestra acquired its current name in 1990. Its primary concerts are given at the Herkulesaal and the Prinzregententheater, with some concerts given at the Munich Philharmonie.

Since 2006, the orchestra's chief conductor is Georg Schmöhe. The orchestra's principal guest conductor is Philippe Entremont
Philippe Entremont
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, with whom the orchestra
An orchestra is a sizable instrumental ensemble that contains sections of string, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The term orchestra derives from the Greek ορχήστρα, the name for the area in front of an ancient Greek stage reserved for the Greek chorus...

 made its US debut tour in 2005-2006.

The orchestra has recorded music for over 500 films, including El Cid
El Cid
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by Miklos Rozsa
Miklós Rózsa
Miklós Rózsa was a Hungarian-born composer trained in Germany , and active in France , England , and the United States , with extensive sojourns in Italy from 1953...

, Jerry Goldsmith
Jerry Goldsmith
Jerrald King Goldsmith was an American composer and conductor most known for his work in film and television scoring....

's score for The Wind and the Lion
The Wind and the Lion
The Wind and the Lion is a 1975 adventure film. It was written and directed by John Milius and starred Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith and John Huston...

, Christopher Young
Christopher Young
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's music for Hellbound: Hellraiser II
Hellbound: Hellraiser II
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and Howard Shore
Howard Shore
Howard Leslie Shore is a Canadian composer, notable for his film scores. He has composed the scores for over 80 films, most notably the scores for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, for which he won three Academy Awards. He is also a consistent collaborator with director David Cronenberg,...

's score for The Silence of the Lambs. The Orchestra performed the soundtrack score to a number of episodes of the television series : The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones in the 1990s.

Chief conductors

  • Kurt Graunke (1945−1989)
  • Christoph Stepp (1990−1999)
  • Heiko Mathias Förster (1999−2006)
  • Georg Schmöhe (2006−present)

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