Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker as guests at the PalaisPopulaire: In the next episode of the chamber music series Workshop.Dialog.Music. on 3 December, the two cellists Knut Weber and Nikolaus Römisch will present four 20th century composers whose lives and works were in one way or another connected with the orchestra: Gregor Piatigorsky, Aribert Reimann, Boris Blacher and Paul Hindemith. As concerts with audiences are currently not possible due to the corona pandemic, the event will be streamed live.
This new concert format, which was launched in October 2020, adds a new facet to the more than 30-year partnership between Deutsche Bank and the Berliner Philharmoniker. In the laid-back, relaxed atmosphere of the PalaisPopulaire, which was opened by Deutsche Bank in autumn 2018 as a meeting place for art, culture and sport in the former Prinzessinnenpalais in the centre of Berlin, the aim – provided that the concerts can take place under normal conditions – is for visitors to enter into dialogue with the musicians and gain insights into the life and work of professional orchestra musicians. Each of the concerts is dedicated to a specific theme, based on the programmatic focal points of the Berliner Philharmoniker’s current season, and presents compositions that provide the appropriate musical framework for the theme of the event.
Following the launch event on the theme of Ludwig van Beethoven and the streamed concert on contemporary music, the focus in February and May 2021 will be on the fin de siècle, which was characterised by a variety of very different trends and at the same time heralded the dawn of Modernism, and on the vibrant, creative music scene in the period of what was known in Germany as the Golden Twenties.