New programmes, more seating

18 Sep 2020

From November, the Philharmonie Berlin will again be open to more visitors: the main auditorium will then be able to hold 1000 people and the chamber music hall 567. The new hygiene concept also includes the mandatory wearing of masks during the entire concert. It is based on the new guidelines for the containment of the corona pandemic issued by the Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe. Chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and general manager Andrea Zietzschmann presented the modified concept and the concert programmes for November and December, which have been adapted to the current corona measures, at a press conference today. All conductors and soloists will appear as originally planned. The programmes of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s orchestral concerts have had to be adapted due to the specifications for the distances between musicians on stage.

Following the cancellation of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s major US tour in November, the orchestra and its chief conductor are going on a short tour of Germany, which will take them to Frankfurt, Cologne, Baden-Baden and Hamburg. On this tour, they will present two concert programmes: one with Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärter Nacht and Johannes Brahms’ Fourth Symphony, the other with Andrew Norman’s Sabina, Richard Strauss’ Metamorphosen and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Ninth Symphony. The latter programme will also be presented at two additional concerts in Berlin in November.

All chamber music concerts will take place as planned. The programmes have only been slightly shortened so that the concerts can take place without an interval. From 14 to 22 November, the series “Nahaufnahme Beethoven” will also take place, in which members of the Berliner Philharmoniker perform string quartets and other chamber music by the composer.

The new programmes will be published on this website on 22 September. You will then also find all information about advance ticket sales, which starts on 11 October (for subscribers on 5 October, for patrons and sponsors on 28 September).

At the press conference, Olaf Maninger, media representative and principal cellist of the Berliner Philharmoniker, also presented a new edition on the orchestra’s own label, Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings, which will be available from 25 September and documents the outstanding achievements of the collaboration between Kirill Petrenko and the orchestra to date. The recordings include symphonic works by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Franz Schmidt and Rudi Stephan.

(Photo: Frederike van der Straeten)