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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!

Yours

Concert Management Prof. Victor Hohenfels