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Sinfonie an der Regnitz, Mussstrasse 1 (tel. 0951/9647200; www.bamberger-symphoniker.de), is home to the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra from September to May. From the last week in June to mid-July, there's a summer festival with weekend symphonic concerts. Tickets are 23€ to 43€.

Hofburg Repertory Theater performs at the E. T. A. Hoffman Theater, E.T.A.-Hoffmann-Platz 1 (tel. 0951/873030; www.theater-bamberg.de). Its season runs September through July. The productions range from 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century classics to contemporary musicals. The box office is open daily 10am to 6pm and 1 hour before showtime. In June and July, the company moves outdoors, performing a series of German-language dramas in the courtyard of the Alte Hofhaltung . Tickets for both indoor and outdoor performances are 17€ to 30€, but students with a valid ID card pay half-price. For more information about these and other cultural events in Bamberg, contact the Tourist Information Office.

A young crowd gathers at Jazzclub, Obere Sandstrasse 18 (tel. 0951/55225; www.jcbamberg.de), to listen to punk, Goth, and alternative music on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 9pm to 1am, when the cover is 5€ mid-September to April; the club opens its cellar for live jazz on Friday and Saturday 9pm to 2am, when the cover is 9€ to 17€, depending on the group. Tickets to virtually any cultural or sporting event in Bamberg are available from the city's largest ticket agency, BVD Bamburger Ticket Agency, Langestrasse 22 (tel. 0951/980820; www.bvd-ticket.de), open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

Another option for whiling away the after-dark hours is a visit to Haas Säle, Obere Sandstrasse 7 (tel. 0951/500458 or 0951/53304; www.haas-saele.de), where you'll find a battered-looking pub with a small stage that presents, depending on the night of the week, flamenco dancing, short plays, or political satire. Dance music follows the show. There's almost never a cover charge and everything is usually spontaneous and pulled together on short notice.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.