Open day at the Berlin Philharmonie is a day full of highlights: the Berliner Philharmoniker can be heard in orchestral and chamber concerts, in rehearsals, workshops, talks, family programmes and education events, and all this in every room of the building – from the managers offices and the two auditoriums, the foyers and the backstage area, to the basement. The Musical Instrument Museum is also participating, and outside the Philharmonie, a large screen will provide a public screening all day long. To make sure that there is enough to keep even the youngest visitors happy, the education department has devised a range of activities for them, including a vocal hero sing-along concert.
The Open Day starts with a varied programme for brass and organ, in which no less than Nathan Laube will take his seat at the organ in the main auditorium: the young virtuoso is one of the world’s best organists; on 13 May, he was a guest in the Philharmoniker’s organ series. There will also be a lot to discover in the other rooms and foyers: presentations by the Karajan Academy and concerts by various Philharmoniker chamber music groups including the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Varian Fry Quartet, the Philharmonic Stradivari Soloists, the Baroque ensemble Concerto Melante and the ensemble Violentango. The Soul Diplomats (with the Philharmoniker’s percussionist Franz Schindlbeck on drums) add some jazz to the mix, and World music is provided by the Iranian multi-instrumentalist and singer Golnar Shahyar and band. There will also be readings, given by our special guest, the German actor Ulrich Matthes.
A special highlight: the performance by the education department’s BE PHIL Orchestra. This ensemble is made up of 92 amateur musicians from all over the world, who applied by video audition and were selected by a panel of twelve jurors (all members of the Berliner Philharmoniker). Under the direction of Simon Rattle, they will perform Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony on the open day, with the concert from the main auditorium being broadcast on the screen outside and in the Digital Concert Hall. To bring this eventful day to an exhilarating close, Sir Simon and the Berliner Philharmoniker will present Antonín Dvořák’s atmospheric Slavonic Dances op. 72.