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Sit back and enjoy a few hours of assured relaxation and harmony listening to the ever popular masterpieces of famous composers in the splendidly festive atmosphere of a full house.“ Read more …
Eva-Maria Hohenfels

This has always been the key motivation behind the series of POPULAR CONCERTS founded by Prof. Victor Hohenfels and his wife Eva-Maria 60 years ago.
From the very beginning, these concerts have always attracted such large audiences that it has been possible to stage them without any subsidies or grants whatsoever over the past 60 years. Today these popular concerts presented in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall contribute in no small part to making the German capital the major centre for the performing arts that it is. Over 3,5 million concertgoers from Berlin and the whole world have attended these concerts over the past six decades.
The name of the series is simple and self-explanatory – in a subscription series of seven concerts a bill of fare of the most famous and popular works from the world of classical music is presented to the audience, grouped around themes such as „Symphonies of the World“, „Composer Portraits“ or „Classic and Romantic Masterpieces“.
The traditional concerts held over the Christmas season and Easter include such well loved evergreens as Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony, Beethoven’s Eroica, and Ravel’s Boléro, while New Year’s Day is reserved for Beethoven’s Ninth with its Ode to Joy final movement.
Berlin Symphony Orchestra with its Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds and all its other famous conductors and solists have performed since the very beginning in the marvelous auditorium of the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, one of the world’s most beautiful concert halls with its unrivalled superb acoustic.
So why not come along yourself and experience the sheer magic our Popular Concerts have to offer.
We would be delighted to see you!

Bogdan Sikora and staff
Berlin Symphony Orchestra


Dear concertgoers,

we are delighted to invite you to our new concert season 2019-2020 in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall, as always according to the motto:

„Sit back and enjoy a few hours of assured relaxation and harmony listening to the ever popular masterpieces of famous composers in the splendidly festive atmosphere of a full house.“ 

Once again, we would like to thank you, dear public, for your loyalty and for attending our concerts in such large numbers. In fact up to today over 3.5 million guests from Berlin, as well as from every corner of the world, have been our guests at CLASSICS FOR EVERYONE.

Our successful collaboration with members of the Berliner Philarmoniker will continue once more throughout the new season. It is always a great honour and pleasure for us to present several of these outstanding artists, soloists and conductors.

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Following the huge success of last season‘s Brahms Cycle, a highlight of the new program will be „Russian Masterpieces“: a series of seven concerts presenting the most important works of the biggest Russian composers. All these concerts will be delivered by Stanley Dodds, BERLIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’s Principal Conductor, teaming up with top soloists.

The opening concert will take place on Semptember 29 and will include some of the biggest titles and composers in classical music, from Rachmaninov‘s Piano Concerto no. 2 in C minor to Orff‘s Carmina Burana „Final Chorus“ and, of course, Ravel’s Boléro. As solo performer, we must highlight the presence of Wenzel Fuchs, Principal Clarinet of the Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra.

On October 5 will follow the „Famous woodwind concertos“, conducted by Andreas Wittmann, also a member of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Part of the above mentioned cycle Russian Masterpieces, the performace on October 20 will include world famous Piano Concerto no.1 in B minor by Tschaikowsky, „Pictures at an exhibition“ by Mussorgsky and the Rokoko variations for cello and orchestra in the unique interpretation of Bruno Delepelaire, Principal Cello of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

The concert series „Classic and Romantic Masterpieces“ in Chamber Music Hall, part of the subscribers program, starts on October 26, including Mendelssohn’s „Scottish Symphony“ with the conduction of Andreas Wittmann.
Russian Masterpieces will continue on November 2 with a beautiful Violin Concerto from Arensky and Tschaikowsky’s beloved Fifth Symphony in E minor.
At „Vienna Classics“ on November 9, under the baton of Andreas Wittmann, you will listen to a fireworks of famous pieces of that golden age: Haydn’s Oxford Symphony, Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Third Symphony, as well as Mozart’s Concerto for three pianos and orchestra.

On November 16 beloved „Famous piano concertos“ will follow, including pieces by Mozart, Chopin and Grieg. On November 30, conducted by Stanley Dodds, Russian Symphonic Masterpieces with Tschaikowsky’s „Eugen Onegin“ Polonaise and Symphony no. 1, “Rêves D’ Hiver”.
Kussewizki’s double bass and Gliére’s harp concertos will be executed  by Janusz Widzyk and Marie-Pierre Langlamet, both members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Just before Christmas, on December 14 in the Chamber Music Hall, famous Berlin actor Hans-Jürgen Schatz will offer his interpretation of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf. The Classical Symphony in D Major will also be part of the program.

The traditional Christmas Concerts will start on December 25 at 4 pm with the „Opera and Operetta Concert“, followed by „Hollywood is your guest in Berlin“ at 8 pm, introduced, presented and conducted, as always, by Scott Lawton.

The show on December 26 at 4 pm, following last year’s mesmerizing success, will mark the return of Ballett- und Tanzstudio Zehlendorf, with a newly staged performance comprising „Puppenfee“ by Beyer and „The Nutcracker and the Mouse King“ by E.T.A. Hoffmann, with the magic music of Peter Tschaikowsky.

„Night of famous concertos“ on December 26 at 8 pm will mark the coronation of the Christmas season, with Tschaikowsky’s „Romeo and Juliet“ overture and a selection from „The nutcracker“, Rimsky-Korsakov’s „Capriccio espagnole“, Chausson’s Poème for violin and orchestra and Ravel’s Boléro. As soloists, among others, the magnificent violin virtuoso Noah Bendix-Balgley, First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Coming to the New Year 2020, we will start energetically with the traditional Beethoven‘s Symphony no. 9 (with Ode to Joy), this time under the conduction of Andreas Wittmann.

On January 25 we are happy to announce the presence of three members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Cornelia Gartemann, Philipp Bohnen and Marlene Ito for the „Famous Violin Concertos“ by Bruch, Sibelius and Brahms, under the baton of Thomas Koncz.

Russian Masterpieces will resume in 2020 with Tschaikowsky’s 6th Symphony, „Pathétique“, on February 8, with the conduction of Stanley Dodds, Principal Conductor. Al soloists, again two members of the city’s major orchestra, Stefan de Leval Jezierski (Horn) and Andre Schoch (trumpet).

The Febraury 15 concert will be dedicated to composer Antonin Dvořák: among other spectacular pieces, the Cello Concerto in B minor in the interpretation of Stephan Koncz, member of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in his double role of soloist and conductor, and the „Symphony from new world“, under the sensible baton of Thomas Koncz.

On February 22 we present a very special musical event: the Philharmonix, world-reknown ensamble counting members of both Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, with their new program „Swing on Beethoven“, a musical journey from Benny Goodman to the Fifth! After the never ending ovation of last year we can only expect that the comeback of Philharmonix will turn into an instant success!

„Enchanted violin“ marks the debut of a very special concert on Febraury 29. Conducted by Daniel Stabrawa, 1st Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker, it will also include Kreisler’s „Liebesleid und Liebesfreud“ and Grieg’s „Peer Gynt“ suites. As soloists, two excellent artists from the Kopenhagenern Philharmonikern: Maria Stabrawa (violin) und die Eva Katrine Dalsgaard (viola).

Also returning in 2020 after the big success of last years is the special combination of music and literature with conductor Andreas Wittmann and actor Thomas Wittmann, on March 7. This year the title will be „Humorous Haydn“. On April 4, „American Night“, with Orquestrina Baborák: among other works, Gershwin’s An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess, and a suite from Bernstein’s „West Side Story“. This won’t be just a concert, as the „poet“ of the venue, Klaus Wallendorf, will present the evening with his typical humouristic touch.

Following in the footsteps of tradition also the easter concerts on April 12: at 4 pm the „Magic of Italian Opera“ and at 8 pm „Great popular masterpieces“ with Händel’s „Music for the Royal Fireworks, Smetana’s „Ma Vlast“, Gershwin’s „Rhapsody in blue“ and „Les Préludes“ by Liszt. Included is also Mendelssonhn’s Violin concerto in E minor, performed by Christoph Koncz, member of the Wiener Philharmoniker.

Russian Masterpieces continue on April 25 with Tschaikowsky’s Violin concerto in D Major, interpreted by Daniel Dodds on his precious Stradivari.

Special and unexpected, on May 2 we are proud to present „Broadway zu Gast in Berlin“: a collection of the best songs and melodies from the most famous musicals, such as „Cabaret“, „West Side Story“, „Mary Poppins“, „Evita“, „Phantom of the opera“ and „My Fair Lady“, with two young stars: Amelie Dobler und Michael Heller. BERLIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA will be conducted by Christian Köhler, already well known to our public.

The closing concert on May 10, under the baton of Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds, will be packed with famous classical masterpieces, Tschaikowsky’s „Ouvertüre 1812“ and „Capriccio Italiano“ just to mention a couple. Also Ravel’s Boléro will be part of this musical celebration, together with the presence of world celebrated violin soloist Guy Braunstein and Glasunov’s enchanting violin concerto.

We wish you un unforgettable experience with the new season of POPULAR CLASSICS in Berlin Philharmonic Hall!


Concert Management Prof. Victor Hohenfels

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SAT | 25.04.2020 | 8 pmRussian MasterpiecesPHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE RM Russische Meisterwerke – Zyklus

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SAT | 02.05.2020 | 8 pmBroadway guest in BerlinPHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE S Sonderkonzert

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Russian Masterpieces

PHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE RM Russische Meisterwerke – Zyklus

SAT | 25.04.2020 | 8 pm

Tschaikowsky: Slawischer March in B-flat minor, Op. 31

Tschaikowsky: Violin concerto in D Major

Rimsky-Korsakow: „Scheherazade“


Conductor: Stanley Dodds, Principal Conductor

Violin: Daniel Dodds

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Broadway guest in Berlin


SAT | 02.05.2020 | 8 pm

Broadway guest in Berlin – Famous musicals in concert

Cabaret – West Side Story – Kiss me, Kate – Mary Poppins –

Singing in the rain – Evita – Phantom of the opera – My Fair Lady


Conductor: Christian Köhler

Singer: Amelie Dobler

Singer: Michael Heller

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Closing Concert

PHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE RM Russische Meisterwerke – Zyklus

SUN | 10.05.2020 | 4 pm

Tschaikowsky: Capriccio Italiano

Tschaikowsky: Scene, from Swan Lake

Glazunow: Violin concerto in A minor

Tschaikowsky: Letter scene, from „Eugen Onegin“

Chatschaturjan: Adagio, from „Spartacus“

Tschaikowsky: Overture 1812

Ravel​​​​: Boléro


Conductor: Stanley Dodds, Principal Conductor

Violin: Guy Braunstein

Flute: Gili Schwarzman

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Berlin Symphony Orchestra

Berlin Symphony Orchestra presents its Popular Classics concerts since more than 6o years. The intent remains the same since founder and manager Prof. Victor Hohenfels started to offer to large audiences masterpieces composed by the greatest composers of all time. The orchestra’s home is the Berliner Philharmonie and is well established in the national musical scene, thanks to its incredible artistical work and amount of concerts per season.

Berlin Symphony Orchestra’s concert season comprises 25 to 30 concerts, both in the main and in the chamber music hall. Grouped in thematic series, such as “Greatest symphonies of all time”, “Opera, operetta and ballet” or “Masterpieces from the classic and romantic eras”, the best-known works in musical history are presented to the public. The events called “Most famous film music” offers masterpieces composed by the greatest film music composers.

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Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds

During the 2014-2015 concert season Stanley Dodds became Principal Conductor of the orchestra. He plays since 1994 the violin as one of members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and studied at the Karajan Academy. The German-Australian musician had studied violin and conduction before in Linz and Lucerne. He has won several competitions and had a remarkable career both as soloist and as conductor. In this role he assisted Sir Simon Rattle several times.

Stanley Dodds‘ experience is beneficial to the artistic presence of the orchestra: his target is in fact to lead each musician to the maximum of their expressive possibilities, making them fully show his qualities. He is capable of transforming each concert into a real event: he knows how to create a connection between the public and the orchestra, as his interpretation of works such as Beethoven’s Eroica or Ravel’s Boléro clearly show.

The orchestra

Our programs are very demanding: masterpieces from the best classic, romantic and barock composers, such as Tschaikowski, Beethoven, Brahms und Dvorak impose top-level conductors, soloists and orchestras.

Berlin Symphony Orchestra is an excellent orchestra, capable of presenting these works with the highest standards, a target only achievable through an amount of incredibly well prepared members. Among them, many have previous experience in Berlin’s best musical ensembles. Others work since several years with Berlin Symphony Orchestra. This combination leads to full artistic and instrumental realization of the most exigent and popular works in music history.

Soloists and guest conductors

Members of world-leading orchestras such as the Berliner and the Wiener Philharmoniker or the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin are often invited to play with Berlin Symphony Orchestra. All these artists are indeed incredible soloists, with some of them possessing a solid education in conducting. They love working with our orchestra often and enthusiastically, because here they have the possibility to reach as conductors their own artistic milestone, while at the same time presenting to a joyful, also enthusiastic public the most famous masterpieces in music, in the incomparable atmosphere of Berlin’s philharmonic music halls.

The cooperation with Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds and all other guest conductors and soloists enables Berlin Symphony Orchestra to achieve artistic standards while not losing its creative evolution and openness to new inspiration. The orchestra remains true to itself: according to Eva-Maria’s motto, through joy and passion we aim to effer an emotional experience to the public and several hours of relaxation and inner harmony.

Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds

Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds

Stanley Chia-Ming Dodds was born in Canada, grew up in Australia and as a dual German-Australian citizen is now based in Berlin. He began playing violin and piano in Adelaide at age four, attended the Bruckner Conservatorium and Musik High School in Linz before studying violin and conducting at Lucerne Conservatorium. He continued violin studies at the Karajan Academy of the Berlin Philharmonic before receiving tenure as a violinist in the orchestra in 1994.

He studied conducting in Australia, Switzerland and Germany, his most important mentor being the acclaimed Finnish professor Jorma Panula. Other important influences on his conducting career have been the chief conductors of the Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle.

Stanley Dodds performs regularly at the principal concert venues in Berlin. He frequently conducts ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic and has assisted Sir Simon Rattle on numerous occasions. Soloists in his concerts include many noted principals of the Berlin Philharmonic and singers such as Christine Schäfer, Anna Prohaska, Siobhan Stagg, Katarina Karnéus, Michael Nagy and Shenyang.

Stanley Dodds was appointed Principal Conductor of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra commencing 2014/2015 with seven sold-out concerts each season in the Berlin Philharmonie including the annual New Year’s Gala concert with Beethoven’s Ninth. One of the highlights of his 2016/2017 season was the invitation to conduct a concert with the Australian World Orchestra

Past guest conductor appearances include the Orchestre Philharmonique Luxembourg, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra I Pomeriggi Musicale Milano, Orchestra Academy Scholars of the Berlin Philharmonic and the Scharoun Ensemble Berlin. He appears at major Festivals in Salzburg and Baden-Baden, at the MaerzMusik in Berlin and the Summer Festival in Mecklenburg Western Pomerania.

As a member of the Berlin Philharmonic executive board his management portfolio includes media rights and the development of digital streaming and communications platforms.

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