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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 concert season 2021-2022 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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Though our 2021-2021 concert season did not run as expected due to the Corona pandemic, we are looking forward to welcoming you back in beloved and „sacred“ Berlin’s Philharmonic Halls!

To those who helped us finantially goes once again our gratitude (refund will take place while placing orders for next season).

 The new concert season will start with the joyful Opening-Concert on October 3, 2021 and a string of famous musical moments, from Beethoven’s Egmont overture and Third Symphony to Ravel’s Boléro. As soloist Ödön Rácz, double-bass in the Wiener Philharmoniker Orchestra and Daniel Dodds playing on his Stradivari. Conducting the concert will be Stanley Dodds, Principal Conductor of Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

The cycle Famous Instrumental Concerts will start on October 23 with the concert Der Glanz der Trompete, a concert dedicated to trumpet with outstanding musical personalities belonging to the Berliner Philharmoniker Orchestra: Andre Schoch as soloist and Simon Bernardini as conductor. Included in the concert will be Händel’s „Music for the royal fireworks“.

 Great Popular Masterpieces: On November 28 we will present the overture „Romeo and Juliet“ and Tschaikowsky’s Fourth Symphony. Conductor and soloist will be world’s major horn specialist, Radek Baborák.

 The traditional four Christmas concerts will start on December 25 at 4 pm with the beloved Opera and Operetta Concert. At 8 pm Hollywood is your guest in Berlin, a film music concert introduced and conducted by Scott Lawton.

On December 26 at 4 pm we will experience a real highlight of the season: Philharmonix, a world-level ensamble with members of both Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker, with the brand new Casino Royal – James Bond in Berlin’s Philharmonic Hall. Following last concert’s acclamations, we are looking forward to a successfull and high class performance.

For the Popular Concerts on December 26 at 8 pm, under the baton of Stanley Dodds, we will close our Christmas season with Beethoven’s Seventh, Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola, Gershwin’s „Porgy und Bess“-Suite and Ravel’s Boléro. As soloists, among others, the fantastic violin virtuoso Noah Bendix-Balgley, Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert master.

 We will then start in a joyful way the new year 2022 with the traditional Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, conducted by our Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds.

On January 15 will take place Famous Concertos for woodwind instruments, condcuted by Simon Rössler, also a member of Berliner Philharmoniker.

On March 12 a very special event: Southamerican Night, a voyage celebrating Astor Piazzolla’scentenary with world-famous jazz singer Lily Dahab, conducted by Raphael Haeger (Berliner Philharmoniker).

 Beloved Famous Piano Concertos with works by Mozart, Grieg and Rachmaninoff do not miss off our list and will be presented on March 26 with excellents soloists and the conduction of Andreas Wittmann.

Our traditional two Easter concerts will take place one April 17 with Famous Opera Choirs at 4 pm and a premiere at 8 pm: Broadway is your guest in Berlin, with the best songs from musicals such as „Cabaret“, „West Side Story“, „Mary Poppins“, „Evita“, „Phantome of the opera“ and „My Fair Lady“. As performers, award-winning Amelie Dobler und Michael Heller, with Christian Köhler conducting out Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

On April 30 it will be time for other Berliner Philharmoniker members to take the stage, as Cornelia Gartemann, Anna Mehlin and Christoph von der Nahmer will offer their interpretation of the most Famous Violin Concertos by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Tschaikowsky. Conductor will be Daniel Stabrawa,  Berliner Philharmoniker’s concert master.

Our concert season will end on May 15 with the traditional festive Closing Concert, conducted by Principal Conductor Stanley Dodds. Famous pieces will include Liszt’s „Les Préludes“ and „Capriccio espagnol“, in addition to Ravel’s Boléro, as tradition imposes, but also Liszt’s virtuoso Piano Concerto n. 1 with famous soloist Özgür Aydin.


We promise you: Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation and Konzertdirektion Prof. Victor Hohenfels will implement any necessary step to guarantee your safety, with the best technology in place to ensure air quality and appropriate disinfection, without compromising your artistic experience.

We wish you an unforgettable time during our concerts and we are at your disposal in answering any question that might arise.



Concert Management Prof. Victor Hohenfels




Next concerts

SA | 23.10.21 | 8 pm„The shine of the trumpet“ – Great Trumpet ConcertosPhilharmonie | Chamber Music Hall | SERIE H Famous instrumental concertos

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SU | 28.11.21 | 4 pmGreat Popular MasterpiecesPhilharmonie | Main Hall | SERIE D

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„The shine of the trumpet“ – Great Trumpet Concertos

Philharmonie | Chamber Music Hall | SERIE H Famous instrumental concertos

SA | 23.10.21 | 8 pm

Tartini: Concerto for Trumpet

Händel: Music for the Royal Fireworks HWV 351

Marcello: Concerto for Trumpet

Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

Mozart: Post horn serenade (Minuetto – Finale Presto)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Concerto for Trumpet


Conductor: Simon Bernardini

Trumpet: Andre Schoch

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Great Popular Masterpieces

Philharmonie | Main Hall | SERIE D

SU | 28.11.21 | 4 pm

Sibelius: Finlandia

Mozart: Concerto for Horn No. 4

Tschaikowsky: „Romeo and Juliet“ Fantasy Overture

Tschaikowsky: Symphony No. 4 in f minor


Conductor and Horn soloist: Radek Baborák

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Opera and Operetta Concert

Philharmonie | Main Hall | SERIE E Opera, Operetta and Ballet

Christmas Days | 25.12.21 | 4 pm

Excerpts from The magic Flute – Nozze di Figaro – La Traviata – Tales of Hoffman– Swan Lake – Sleeping Beauty – The Nutcracker


„My heart is all yours“ Vienna Operetta Melodies


Conductor: Stanley Dodds , Principal Conductor

Soprano: Katarzyna Dondalska

Sopran: Brigitta Simon

Tenor: Enrique Ambrosio

Bariton: Thomas Weinhappel

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Hollywood visits Berlin

Philharmonie | Main Hall Christmas Days | SERIE S Special Concert

Christmas Days | 25.12.21 | 8 pm

John Williams meets Hans Zimmer

Star Wars – Harry Potter – Jurassic Park

Gladiator – The Dark Knight Rises – Madagascar and more…


Conductor and Presentation: Scott Lawton

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Philharmonie | Main Hall | SERIE S Special Concert

Christmas Days | 26.12.21 | 4 pm

Casino Royal

James Bond in the Berlin Philharmonic Hall


Ensamble with members of Wiener and Berliner Philharmoniker

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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.

Interview with Stanley Dodds on “concerti”


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„Kleine Philharmonie“

Wer Philharmonie sagt, meint in der Regel den Großen Konzertsaal in dem 1963 nach den Plänen von Hans Scharoun eröffneten Gebäude am Kemperplatz – einen immer noch ungewöhnlichen und einmaligen ...

Autor: Dr. Helge GrünewaldVerfasst am 19. February 2016




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