North America tour in winter 2016 with Sir Simon Rattle

On their last trip to North America with Sir Simon Rattle as chief conductor, the Berliner Philharmoniker not only stopped off in New York as is usual, but also in Canada and California. The evening of the election of Donald Trump as president made a deep impression.
Berlin Radio Choir, Audrey Luna (Venus)
Peter Hoare (Piet vom Fass), Frode Olsen (Astradamors), Pavlo Hunka (Nekrotzar), Sir Simon Rattle
Peter Hoare (Piet vom Fass), Pavlo Hunka (Nekrotzar), Sir Simon Rattle
Anthony Roth Costanzo (Fürst Go-Go)

20 Feb 2017

Looking forward to two more Performances of “Le Grand Macabre” at the Konzerthaus Dortmund (23.02.) and the Philharmonie Essen (25.02.)!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Stefan Stahnke)
Flight LH 343 arrives safely in Berlin Tegel, the first airplane ever coming directly from San Francisco
Good morning Berlin!
Sir Simon Rattle and Kotowa Machida
Andreas Ottensamer and Alexander von Puttkamer
Our instrument cases, safely packed
Our loading crew: Wolfgang Braasch and Thomas Beier doing an excellent job

25 Nov 2016

We are back home!

Photos: Stefan Stahnke

Art backstage, somebody did not like his french horn...
Frank the pug is still alive! We knew it! His latest camouflage: Being the pet of our truck driver!
View from our hotel

25 Nov 2016

Good-bye impressions by Michael Frohloff

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2016

The last concert of our Northamerica tour, the last concert with Sir Simon Rattle in the US - now it’s history…

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Die Ahnengalerie - The portrait gallery
1st concertmaster Noah Bendix-Balgley enjoys his dressing room...
... and talks to San Francisco Symphony's music director Michael Tilson Thomas (known as MTT), who just came back from a big Asia tour with his orchestra
Dominik Wollenweber, English horn, and Stefan Koncz, cello
Mor Biron, bassoon
Andre Schoch, trumpet, and prinicpal trumpet Tamas Velenczei
Allan Nilles, viola

25 Nov 2016

Backstage before the last concert

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Our poster seen from the bus
Orchestra and chamber music partners: Micha Afkham, viola, and Bruno Delepelaire, 1st principal cello
Neithard Resa, viola
Manfred Preis carries his huge instrument, a contrabass clarinet
Simone Bernardini, Helena Madoka Berg and Luis Felipe Coelho, 1st violins
2nd violins are having fun: Christoph Streuli, Stan Dodds...
...and Christoph von der Nahmer

25 Nov 2016

Die letzte Probe in San Francisco

Last rehearsal in San Francisco

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

25 Nov 2016

On the way back we could catch great view of the Golden Gate Bridge

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Banana slug - Bananenschnecke

25 Nov 2016

In the Muir Woods with the gigantic redwoods.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Sometimes even Markus Weidmann is aslope
Egor Egorkin meeting his native country
Joaquine Riquelme, Matthew McDonald and Amihai Grosz had fun
Václav Vonášek rented a bike
Sometimes a firm handshake counts more than a lenghty conversation

25 Nov 2016

Markus Weidmann and Egor Egorkin made a stroll through the city and met some colleagues on their way.

Photos: Markus Weidmann and Egor Egorkin

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute and electronic music composer gets a typical SF soundbite

25 Nov 2016

Cable Car

Photos: Markus Weidmann

Union Square
Coit Tower
One man demonstration
Downtown
The sea lions at pier 39

25 Nov 2016

In den Straßen von San Francisco

The Streets of San Francisco

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Principal clarinet Andreas Ottensamer
Christhard Gössling, tenor horn, who played a marvelous tour
Wieland Welzel, principal timpanist
A firm handshake is the usual 'Good bye' at the end of every concert

24 Nov 2016

Last time Mahler 7

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
1st principal viola Amihai Grosz needs some coffee
Luis Esnaola, 1st violin, 1st principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire and Allan Nilles, viola
Principal french horn Stefan Dohr and David Riniker, cello, are amused about the funny orchestra board of the San Francisco Symphony backstage
Alexander Bader, clarinet, talks with Richard Duven, cello
Sir Simon talks to Eva Maria Tomasi, 2nd violin, and her daughter Maddalena
John Adams, our composer in residence,visited us backstage in his hometown

24 Nov 2016

Backstage in San Francisco

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Wieland Welzel, principal timpanist
Raphael Haeger and Franz Schindlbeck, percussion, have fun
Jan Schlichte, percussion
Christhard Gössling, principal trombone, playing the tenor horn solo in Mahler 7
2nd violins: Philipp Bohnen, Anna Mehlin and Marlene Ito

24 Nov 2016

Erste Probe in der Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco

First rehearsal at the Louise M. Davies Hall in San Francisco

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Michael Frohloff)

24 Nov 2016

Unsere letzte Station: San Francisco

Our last tour stop: San Francisco

Photos: Michael Frohloff

(Photo: Markus Weidmann)
John Mangum, president of the Philharmonic Society of Orange County

24 Nov 2016

Is it christmas already? Reception after the concert in Costa Mesa under a giant christmas tree.

Photos: Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

24 Nov 2016

Konzert in Costa Mesa

Concert in Costa Mesa

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French Horn
Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute
Helena Madoka Berg, 1st violin
Michael Hasel, flute and piccolo flute, in the background 1st principal cellist Bruno Delepelaire and principal french horn Stefan Dohr

24 Nov 2016

Backstage in Costa Mesa

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Nikolaus Römisch, cello and responsible for the travelling, gives one of his multiple speeches explaining busses, receptions and flights
David Riniker needs a new string...
...on his cello
Manfred Preis, bass clarinet and a hidden
(Photo: photographer)

24 Nov 2016

Onstage and offstage in Costa Mesa with Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Rainer Seegers, principal timpanist
Raphael Haeger, percussion

24 Nov 2016

A great hall for the orchestra and for the photographer!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

“It never rains in Southern California” - not true! Enclosed the proof by Markus Weidmann

24 Nov 2016

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

24 Nov 2016

Off to Costa Mesa. Our first concert in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, that has been inaugurated 10 years ago. What a beautiful building!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Rehearsal impressions from LA by Markus Weidmann
Egor Egorkin, piccolo flute, and Michael Hasel, flute and piccolo flute
Dietmar Schwalke and David Riniker, cello
Sir Simon greets 1st concertmasters Noah Bendix-Balgley and Daishin Kashimoto

24 Nov 2016

Markus Weidmann visited the Broad Museum
Jeff Koons Blue Balloon Dog
El Anatsui
The storage of the Broad
Joseph Beuys 'Die grüne Violine'

24 Nov 2016

Impressions from the Getty Institute by Markus Weidmann

23 Nov 2016

Wonderful Walt Disney Hall
Simon Rössler and the bells

23 Nov 2016

Concert in Los Angeles - great audience!

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Dominik Wollenweber, English horn
Stefan Schweigert, principal bassoon, and Jan Schlichte, percussion
Matthew Hunter, viola and guitar
Michael Hasel, flute
Man in a box: Christhard Gössling, principal trombone and euphonium
Dorian Xhoxhi, 1st violin

23 Nov 2016

Backstage before the concert in LA

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Sir SImon and Peter Sellars
Walter Seyfarth, clarinet, Andreas Ottensamer, principal clarinet, and Peter Sellars

23 Nov 2016

Look who’s there: Peter Sellars visits his philharmonic family.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Alexander von Puttkamer, tuba
Stanisław Pajak, double bass
Armin Schubert, 2nd violin
Stefan Dohr, principal french horn, and Fergus McWilliam, french horn
Andreas Buschatz, concertmaster, Madeleine Carruzzo, 1st violin, and Joaquin Riquelme, viola
Bettina Sartorius, 2nd violin
Stefan Koncz, cello

23 Nov 2016

Probe in Los Angeles

Rehearsal in Los Angeles

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

1st concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto

23 Nov 2016

Walt Disney Hall

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: privat)
From left to right: Thomas Beier, Enrico Starkulla, Daniel Bétak, Robert Buchwald, Uwe Meierjürgen, Kirk Knobloch. Missing: Michael Frohloff

23 Nov 2016

Elizabeth Taylor, Jack Nicholson, the cast of “Harry Potter” … but the Oscar goes to: Our stagecrew! You are the best!

Photos: privat

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Hollywood...
...James Dean...
...and Laurentiu Dinca!
Sorry, weather stayed the way it started...

23 Nov 2016

“This is Hollywood!”

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Stefan de Leval Jezierski, French horn, took a bike
Janusz Widzyk, double bass, enjoys the beach

21 Nov 2016

More pictures of our free day

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Michael Frohloff visited the beach in Santa Monica and the NBA game Lakers against Spurs.

21 Nov 2016

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)
Micha Afkham, viola
Neithard Resa, viola
and Ulrich Knörzer, viola
Dietmar Schwalke, cello

20 Nov 2016

On our free day we visited the Getty Institute and Museum together with a group of the friends of our orchestra.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

(Photo: Sarah Willis)

20 Nov 2016

The second biggest tree in the US in front of our hotel. Principal flute Mathieu Dufour volunteered as a model to show the size.

Photos: Sarah Willis

Beach impressions by Markus Weidmann
Some kind of treble clef
Staircase from our hotel

20 Nov 2016

Markus Weidmann and a treasuer seeker
Monika Rittershaus
Markus Weidmann and a cormorant

20 Nov 2016

Photographers take photos of photographers while taking photos and vice versa

Photos: Monika Rittershaus and Markus Weidmann

(Photo: Monika Rittershaus)

20 Nov 2016

Dear readers back in Europe and other cold areas of the world: You have to be very strong now, we are starting the Californian leg of our tour.

Photos: Monika Rittershaus

Toronto airport
From left: Markus Weidmann, bassoon and
(Photo: photos, Andreas Wittmann, oboe, and Janusz Widzyk, double bass. That's some alphabetical sorting!)
Los Angeles

20 Nov 2016

Changing landscapes seen from the airplane from Toronto to Los Angeles by Markus Weidmann