The Philharmonie - where musical adventures happen

Family day: Meet the orchestra

There is something for the whole family at this event: in addition to the various concert appearances in the main auditorium, the Philharmonie becomes a colourful place full of sound experiments, games and handicrafts, all based on the theme of “orchestra”. And of course there is a lot of music in different places, in the main auditorium of the Philharmonie and in the foyer! Whether young or old, everyone can discover the multifaceted nature of orchestral music and orchestral playing, experience something new or different, and try out instruments.

Young musicians on the big stage

A special programme item is the project Meet the SchoolOrchestra – the big meeting of Berlin school orchestras in the main auditorium which is a well-established event in the education programme calendar. It regularly allows school orchestras to perform on the concert platform of the Philharmonie and to present the orchestral works prepared during the school year to a large audience. The highlight is the performance together of a piece they have all rehearsed separately under the direction of a renowned conductor. This year, we have engaged the services of Paavo Järvi to take over the leadership of this extra-large school orchestra. The presenter of the School Orchestra Extravaganza is the Philharmoniker’s horn player Sarah Willis.

Fun for everyone

At the end of the programme, the Family Concert takes place in the main auditorium in which the spectators will be actively involved in the events: Kim and Konrad meet the odd Kurt Murks during the summer holidays. Kurt collects all the rubbish and scrap which people drop everywhere in the old sawmill in the woods. Murks builds monstrous machines with this junk, and he brings these to life together with the audience. How strange they look and how funny they sound! – but what exactly does Kurt Murks want with these scrap robots ...?

Creating the right atmosphere: Sarah Willis presents the concert of the combined schools orchestra (Photo: Monika Rittershaus) (Photo: Martin Walz) Paavo Järvi
(Photo: Kaupo Kikkas)

The events at a glance

11 am

11 am | Main auditorium
School Orchestra Meeting I
Orchestras of the Gymnasium Steglitz and the Herder Gymnasium and the Pankow School Orchestra

11 am | Foyer
KlangKIDS tour
Together with Katrin Schindlbeck, the children explore the Philharmonie on their own; for children between 4 and 8 years of age.

12 pm

12 pm | Main auditorium
School Orchestra Meeting II
Orchestras of the John Lennon Gymnasium, the Georg-Herwegh-Gymnasium and the Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasium

12 pm | Foyer
KlangKIDS tour

12.15 pm | South foyer
Workshop: Body Percussion
Under the guidance of Sarah Lasak, this workshop explores creating interesting sounds using the body as an instrument. For everyone aged 8 and over.

1 pm

1 pm | Main auditorium
Members of the six Berlin school orchestras
Conductor: Paavo Järvi

1 pm | Foyer
KlangKIDS tour

1.15 pm | South foyer
Workshop: Body Percussion

2 pm

2 – 2.15 pm | Foyer
Concert with MitMachMusik
The association MitMachMusik e. V. uses music to support refugee children and young people who arrive in Germany. In today’s concert, the participants of MitMachMusik will perform together with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

2.45 – 3.15 pm | Foyer
Painted concert
Throughout the day, children have been painting to chamber music works, and now their pictures are being presented at a live concert with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

3 pm

3.30 – 4.30 pm | Main auditorium
Family concert
Kurt Murks and the scrap robots
A musical story with audience participation by Philipp Matthias Kaufmann

All-day events

10 am – 3.30 pm | Foyer

  • Painting to music
  • Get to know the instruments and try them out
  • Giant card memory game
  • Make your own instruments
  • Musical rally
  • Philharmoniker portraits on-screen

Childcare and child collection point

For children who need some calm during the day – there is a space on the first floor of the foyer where they can paint, play or read. Face painting is also on offer. Meeting place for children who become separated from their parents.

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26 May 2019,



Sun, 26 May 2019, 11:00

Family Day: Meet the orchestra

Berlin School Orchestras

Paavo Järvi conductor

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker

Stanley Dodds conductor

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and Guests

Scholars of the Karajan Academy

Orchester des Gymnasiums Steglitz

Orchester des Georg-Herwegh-Gymnasiums

Orchester des Werner-von-Siemens-Gymnasiums

Orchester des John-Lennon-Gymnasiums

Orchester des Herder-Gymnasiums

Pankower Schülerorchester

Works by Antonín Dvořák

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