They are icons of the Berlin music scene: the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus. For the first time, the two institutions are holding an Open House Day together, a day full of highlights. Both chief conductors will of course be there with their orchestras, and the extensive programme also includes chamber concerts, rehearsals, workshops and education events which will take place in locations at both venues – and not only the main concert halls and foyers. For example, in the Philharmonie, staff of the Digital Concert Hall will provide an insight into their work. The neighbouring musical instrument museum will also become a venue.
Close to the musicians
On no other day can fans get so close to the musicians of the orchestra, have a nice chat with one of the concertmasters, laugh together with the chief conductor, take the opportunity to explore every corner of the building and, of course, listen to all different varieties and styles of music. During the open day, when the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the museum of decorative arts, also opens its doors, (almost) everything is possible. Another definite highlight will be the open rehearsal – conducted by Sir Simon Rattle – of Jonathan Dove's jazz-inspired children's opera The Monster in the Maze, which not only features the exciting battle between Theseus and the terrible, monstrous Minotaur, but also the “Vocal Heroes”: children and young people from all over Berlin who participated in the Berliner Philharmoniker's education programme of the same name, under the leadership of Simon Halsey. Then there is the large concert of musical requests in the Konzerthaus with Iván Fischer and his Konzerthausorchester giving a request concert of 100 works. The appearance of the Konzerthaus Publikumsorchester, the Konzerthaus community orchestra made up of members of the public, will also be something to look out for.
Plenty to discover
There will be plenty to discover in a variety of guided tours, children's programmes and a raffle. In addition to numerous chamber music groups, young musicians are represented by the students of the Orchestra Academy at the Philharmonie, and by the Symphony Orchestra of the “Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach” Music College Berlin at the Konzerthaus. Scharoun's Philharmonie also sees performances by, among others, the Philharmonia Quartet and the Brass Ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker, presented by Sarah Willis. Further highlights are provided by the Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala (without doubt his country's most successful international jazz musician), and by the 12 Cellists of the Berliner Philharmoniker who will present a varied programme of tango with sophisticated arrangements of classics by Astor Piazzolla. The grand finale in the main concert hall ultimately brings all the Philharmoniker musicians together – under the baton of its chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle.