Closing the season without the traditional concert at the Waldbühne in front of thousands of visitors was previously unthinkable for the Berliner Philharmoniker. This year everything is different due to the corona crisis, and so this event has to be cancelled, too. There is however a substitute: on 20 June at 8.15 p.m., Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, which normally broadcasts the event live, will present a review of the history of the Waldbühne concerts from 1984. Rbb culture reporter Petra Gute will look back on excerpts from concerts of recent decades together with members of the Berliner Philharmoniker in the usual summer picnic setting, but without an audience. Horn player Sarah Willis, first concertmaster Daishin Kashimoto and violinist Philipp Bohnen will be commenting on these excerpts, recalling exciting and moving moments and telling stories that we otherwise wouldn’t get to hear. We will encounter many old friends, including Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Barenboim, Gustavo Dudamel and Andris Nelsons. And of course it wouldn’t be the same without the traditional encore of Berliner Luft.
Great concert moments
The broadcast can be seen live on 3sat and in the Digital Concert Hall. The broadcast in the Digital Concert Hall is free of charge and will be repeated on Sunday, 21 June at 13:00. Radio is also involved: the radio station rbbKultur is changing its programme and is also broadcasting a “best of” show from the history of Waldbühne concerts, presented by Andreas Knaesche. “It is a great tradition that our end-of-season concert from the Waldbühne is broadcast every year by our partners at rbb,” say Olaf Maninger and Stanley Dodds, the orchestra’s media representatives. “This year we will unfortunately have to miss out on the live experience with an audience. That’s why we find the idea of putting together a ʻbest ofʼ the Waldbühne concerts all the more marvellous and are delighted to be able to present the programme free of charge in the Digital Concert Hall next Saturday!”