In Munich great value is attached to representing traditional culture, and so classical music plays an important role. Munich is the home to three important orchestras, lead by prominent conductors: The orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper (conductor: Zubin Mehta), the Münchner Philharmoniker (James Levine) located at the Gasteig cultural centre, and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Lorin Maazel).
Apart from staging ambitious concerts, the National theater with its cast of world class soloists, the Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz and the Prinzregenten theater feature outstanding productions of opera, operetta, musical and ballet.
The Olympia-Halle with a capacity of over 1,000, along with the slightly smaller Rudi-Sedelmayer-Halle, hosts the big events in pop and rock. Other popular venues include the Colosseum and the Babylon, both situated at Kunstpark Ost.
Jazz lovers shouldn't miss the Unterfahrt, Muffathalle and Wirtshaus zum Isartal jazz clubs.
There is a vast choice in theatre. There are ever so many high quality productions and constant competition between the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel (its venues include the Residenztheater, the Cuvilliéstheater and the Marstall) and the Kammerspiele. Apart from that, there are more light-hearted theatres such as the Komödie im Bayerischen Hof, small stages like the Metropol-Theater and even smaller ones, such as the Theater am Sozialamt.
Contemporary dance and experimental drama can be seen at the Neues Theater. A weird blend of opera, operetta, musical, ballet, drama and comedy is on offer at the Pasinger Fabrik.