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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 2020-2021 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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Despite the fact that our 2019/2020 season could not end as planned, due to the global Corona pandemic, we are now ready to move forward and we deeply hope to have you again visit Berlin’s Philharmonic’s „sacred“ concert halls, starting next autumn (and thank you all for your support to our financial initiatives, which helped us survive the consequences of the pandemic).

Please note that, due to the city’s newly introduced regulations and those of the Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker, we will have to follow the following rules for concerts running untill October 24: during the months of September and October we will be able to present two concerts without any stop in the main hall. The program is only slighly changed:

SERIES B         Beethovens Anniversary (250 years) Philharmonie, Großer Saal



8 pm                          Opening Concert


Beethoven:               Symphony n. 3 „Eroica”

Rodrigo:                    Concierto de Aranjuez

Ravel:                          Boléro


Conductor:                    Stanley DoddsPrincipal Conductor

Guitar:                           Davide Giovanni Tomasi

Drums:                          Svatopluk Czech

(Unfortunately, due to current regulations, choir music is not allowed and we must cancel, on this occasion, foreseen works by Wagner and Orff).

SERIES D                  Great Symphonic Masterpieces  Philharmonie, Großer Saal



4 pm                           A romantic journey


Lalo:                          Symphony „espagnole“ for violin and orchestra

Tschaikowsky:       Letter scene, from Eugen Onegin

Mussorgsky:          „Pictures at an exhibition“


Conductor:                  Andreas Wittmann

Violin:                          Lir Vaginsky

Flute:                           Gili Schwarzman

(The foreseen overture will not take place, due to the concerts taking place without pause, to comply with existing regulation).

In the Chamber Music Hall it is only possible no attend non-symphonic concerts untill the end of October. However, we will not renounce celebrating Chopin’s 210 th anniversary! On October 31 a modified piano program will see the participation of the originally planned pianists in a beautiful programme:

SERIES H                Famous Instrumental Concertos  Philharmonie, Kleiner Saal                             



8 pm                          Frédéric Chopin: The piano poet

                                      Ballad op. 52

                                      Präludien op. 28 (selection)

                                      Polonaise op.44

Piano:                          Piotr Alexewicz


                                      Barcarolle op. 60

                                      Etude Op. 10 n. 4

                                      Walz op. 64 n. 1 and 2

                                      Etude op. 10 n. 12 “Revolutional”

                                      Scherzo op.31

                                      Polonaise op. 40 n. 1

Piano:                          Kamil Pacholec

As you can see, the program really comprises the composer’s most famous piano music!

We expect our season to run from November onwars (untill May 16, 2021) in our old and beloved fashion, thus we encourage you to book your tickets as always.

Rules for September and October concerning Covid-19:

Main Hall’s maximal attendance: 636 (instead of 2,200)
Chamber Music Hall’s maximal attendance: 313 (instead of 1,100)

Distance between seats: 1.5 m

We therefore encourage you to book your tickets as soon as possible, due to low availability of seats. (Please also note that your usual seat could be situated near its usual position, due to aforementioned temporary rules).

We promise you that Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker will implement any necessary step to guarantee your safety and to preserve your musical experience.

Once again, we wish you a wonderful experience at our concerts!



Concert Management Prof. Victor Hohenfels

Next concerts

SU | 25.10.20 | 4 pmA romantic journeyPHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE D Great Symphonic Masterpieces

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SA | 31.10.20 | 8 pmFrédéric Chopin: The piano poetPHILHARMONIE | KLEINER SAAL | SERIE H Famous Instrumental Concertos

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A romantic journey

PHILHARMONIE | GROSSER SAAL | SERIE D Great Symphonic Masterpieces

SU | 25.10.20 | 4 pm

Lalo: Symphony „espagnole“ for violin and orchestra

Tschaikowsky: Letter scene, from Eugen Onegin

Mussorgsky: „Pictures at an exhibition“


Conductor: Andreas Wittmann

Violin: Lir Vaginsky

Flute: Gili Schwarzman

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Frédéric Chopin: The piano poet

PHILHARMONIE | KLEINER SAAL | SERIE H Famous Instrumental Concertos

SA | 31.10.20 | 8 pm

Ballad op. 52

Präludien op. 28 (selection)

Polonaise op.44


Piano: Piotr Alexewicz


Barcarolle op. 60

Etude Op. 10 n. 4

Walz op. 64 n. 1 and 2

Etude op. 10 n. 12 “Revolutional”

Scherzo op.31

Polonaise op. 40 n. 1


Piano: Kamil Pacholec

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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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