The Gewandhaus Orchestra
"Res severa verum gaudium" (True joy is a serious matter): in stone letters, the quote from Roman philosopher Seneca the Younger adorns the Gewandhaus Orchestra's headquarters. Founded in 1743, the orchestra moved to a former exhibition hall for textile merchants in 1781. Hence the name, which translates to "House of Garments." The current Gewandhaus, opposite the Leipzig Opera, opened in 1981.