Dear concert guests of the Berliner Philharmoniker,
For far too long, we all had to forgo far too much – the pandemic forced many a burden, many a restriction and many a sacrifice upon us. And it is still doing so. But with vaccinations and caution, we can get back to the full auditoriums, culture and the magic of music that we have been longing for. It thrills me to see how much verve and how many ideas the Berliner Philharmoniker are bringing to this new season, full of the desire to hopefully and finally once again delight their audiences in Berlin and on their (belated) tours around the world with their customary excellence. I would like to draw your attention to two focal points: firstly, the continuation of a now short series, a new festival dedicated this season to the Modernism of the 1950s and 1960s, and in particular to the music of György Ligeti, who had a strong connection with Berlin. Often described as “stuffy”, we can see here how innovative these post-war years were, at least in the field of music. Additional background is provided by an evening of popular music from the 1950s with Tim Fischer.
Secondly, the Berliner Philharmoniker are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their education programme which introduces classical music to children and young people from disadvantaged neighbourhoods. Both events underline the importance of the Philharmoniker for the lively, innovative city of Berlin: they are not only an excellent orchestra in the centre of the city with the Philharmonie and its unique acoustics – their identity as a cultural institution with social responsibility takes them out of the concert hall to the social hotspots of our city.
Wishing us all many unforgettable concert experiences.
Dr. Klaus Lederer
Senator for Culture and Europe