Live concerts

  • Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks”

    Photo: Marianne Rostenstiehl

    In Handel’s famous Music for the Royal Fireworks, Baroque music shows its most magnificent side. In this concert, the work will be conducted by Emmanuelle Haïm, who in energetic performances repeatedly succeeds in “unleashing the wild and daring side of the Baroque” (The New York Times). The second part of the concert is dedicated to Handel's cantata Apollo e Dafne – an early work that in sometimes highly virtuosic and enchantingly delicate arias reveals Handel’s interest in Italian opera.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Emmanuelle Haïm

    Lucy Crowe, Florian Sempey

    • Henry Purcell
      Suite from The Fairy Queen

    • Georg Friedrich Händel
      Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351

    • Georg Friedrich Händel
      Apollo e Dafne, Cantata for Soprano, Bass, Flute, Oboe, Strings and Continuo, HWV 122

      Lucy Crowe soprano, Florian Sempey baritone

    Emmanuelle Haïm conducts Handel’s “Music for the Royal Fireworks” Go to concert
  • François-Xavier Roth and Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    François-Xavier Roth and Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard is one of the foremost musicians of our time – a “thinker at the piano” (The Washington Post). Together with François-Xavier Roth, general music director of the city of Cologne, he performs Béla Bartók’s Third Piano Concerto, a work permeated by a soft parlando tone and gentle melancholy. The other works on the programme are wonderfully energetic – albeit in very different ways: Joseph Haydn’s “Fire Symphony”, and Arcana by Edgard Varèse.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    François-Xavier Roth

    Pierre-Laurent Aimard

    • Joseph Haydn
      Symphony No. 59 in A major “Fire Symphony”

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3, Sz 119

      Pierre-Laurent Aimard piano

    • Béla Bartók
      Dance Suite, Sz 77

    • Edgard Varèse
      Arcana for large Orchestra (revised version from 1960)

    François-Xavier Roth and Pierre-Laurent Aimard Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with François-Xavier Roth

    “Late Night” concert with François-Xavier Roth

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    Most of Edgard Varèse’s works are witty miniatures. But at the time of their creation nearly a hundred years ago, they embodied a tangible revolution – with new forms of composition and a hitherto unknown fusion of sound and music. This is shown, for example, by the famous Ionization in which percussion, pianos and sirens create a mysterious nocturnal scene. In this Late Night concert, François-Xavier Roth presents original works by the French composer.

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    François-Xavier Roth

    • Edgard Varèse
      Density 21.5 for Solo Flute

    • Edgard Varèse
      Hyperprism for Winds and Percussion Instruments

    • Edgard Varèse
      Intégrales for small Wind Orchestra and Percussion

    • Edgard Varèse
      Ionisation for 13 Percussionists

    • Edgard Varèse
      Octandre for seven Winds and Double Bass

      Sarah Aristidou soprano

    • Edgard Varèse
      Offrandes, 2 Pieces for Soprano and Chamber Orchestra

    • Edgard Varèse
      Poème électronique for Audio Tape

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  • Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    In this concert, Zubin Mehta and the Berliner Philharmoniker present musical tales of heroes. On the one hand, there is the knight Don Quixote, who in his fanciful imagination experiences exciting adventures with giants, robbers and a flying horse – inspiring Richard Strauss to create a wonderfully effective score. In contrast, the hero in Beethoven’s Eroica remains anonymous – it is rather a principle that is celebrated here: the determined struggle for a better world.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    Amihai Grosz, Ludwig Quandt

    • Richard Strauss
      Don Quixote, Symphonic Poem, op. 35

      Amihai Grosz viola, Ludwig Quandt cello

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 Eroica

    Zubin Mehta conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

    The Berliner Philharmoniker and their honorary member Zubin Mehta are travelling to Japan – with Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony. Zubin Mehta confesses to feeling particularly close to this mammoth work. Above all, the warm-sounding Adagio is “among the greatest Romantic movements, and when the cellos and violas sing out freely in the second theme, it breaks your heart”. Before setting off for Japan, the conductor and orchestra present their tour programme at the Berlin Philharmonie.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Zubin Mehta

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 8 in C minor (2nd Version from 1890)

    Zubin Mehta conducts Bruckner’s Eighth Symphony Go to concert
  • Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem

    Photo: Nadia Rosenberg

    The reviews were rapturous: when Teodor Currentzis conducted Verdi’s Requiem at the Elbphilharmonie in April, it had the high suspense of a psychological thriller. For his debut with the Berliner Philharmoniker, Currentzis conducts the same work, in which Verdi describes the existential terrors of a human being in the face of death. And by bringing all his experience as an opera composer into play, he creates a unique fusion of liturgy and human emotion.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Teodor Currentzis

    musicAeterna chorus of Perm Opera

    • Giuseppe Verdi
      Messa da Requiem

      Zarina Abaeva soprano, Clémentine Margaine mezzo-soprano, N. N. tenor, Evgeny Stavinsky bass, musicAeterna chorus of Perm Opera choir

    Teodor Currentzis conducts Verdi’s Requiem Go to concert
  • A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe

    Photo: Monika Rittershaus

    Christian Thielemann, an outstanding interpreter of Strauss, dedicates an entire concert to the composer – with two discoveries and a crowd pleaser. The evening opens with the extremely charming Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1, followed by the equally sonorous and expressive Three Hymns, op. 71 (soloist: Anja Kampe). The finale of the concert is an instrumental suite from Strauss’s bittersweet opera Der Rosenkavalier: dramatic, melancholic, humorous but always overwhelmingly beautiful.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Christian Thielemann

    Anja Kampe

    • Richard Strauss
      Sonatina for 16 Winds No. 1 in F major, WoO 135 “From the Workshop of an Invalid“

    • Richard Strauss
      3 Hymns, op. 71

      Anja Kampe soprano

    • Richard Strauss
      Der Rosenkavalier, Suite, op. 59

    A Strauss evening with Christian Thielemann and Anja Kampe Go to concert
  • Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery

    Photo: Pavel Hejnz

    Jakub Hrůša presents enthralling settings of three dark tales. We experience Shakespeare’s Othello in the gripping tonal language of Antonín Dvořák, witness the last moments of Cleopatra in Hector Berlioz’s eponymous psychological drama (soloist: Stéphanie d'Oustrac), and Béla Bartók tells with brutal energy the sinister story of The Miraculous Mandarin. Plus a discovery: the inexorable progress of the passacaglia Mysterium času (Mystery of Time) by Miloslav Kabeláč.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Jakub Hrůša

    Stéphanie d’Oustrac

    • Miloslav Kabeláč
      Mysterium času (Mystery of Time), Passacaglia for large Orchestra, op. 31

    • Antonín Dvořák
      Concert Overture “Othello”, op. 93

    • Hector Berlioz
      Cléopâtre, Lyric Scene

      Stéphanie d’Oustrac mezzo-soprano

    • Béla Bartók
      The Miraculous Mandarin, Suite, Sz 73

    Jakub Hrůša presents symphonic dramas and a discovery Go to concert
  • Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas

    Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas

    In this concert, music lovers of all ages and quiz masters are called for! As part of their Education Programme, the Berliner Philharmoniker start off the Christmas season with a concert entitled Merry QUIZmas! There is an exciting competition between two audience teams, music from the horns of the Berliner Philharmoniker, and lots of surprises. The Christmas quiz will be presented by the horn player Sarah Willis and the actor, singer and children’s television presenter Malte Arkona.

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    Winds of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Sarah Willis, Malte Arkona

    • Merry QUIZmas

      Sarah Willis horn and presenter, Malte Arkona presentation

    Christmas concert: Merry QUIZmas Go to concert
  • Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher

    Photo: Irene Zandel

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Harding

    Frank Peter Zimmermann, Christian Gerhaher

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61

      Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

    • Gustav Mahler
      Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn (Selection)

      Christian Gerhaher baritone

    Daniel Harding, Frank Peter Zimmermann and Christian Gerhaher Go to concert
  • New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

    For the first time, the new chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will be at the helm for the Berliner Philharmoniker’s New Year’s Eve concert – which at the same time reveals a new, vibrant facet to Petrenko’s repertoire. While German and Russian composers have been the main focus of his previous Philharmoniker concerts, this evening’s programme takes us on a musical journey to the USA: with dances from Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s An American in Paris. The concert also features the star soprano Diana Damrau in songs from musicals by Frederick Loewe.

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Diana Damrau

    • George Gershwin
      An American in Paris

    • Leonard Bernstein
      Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    • Works by Cole Porter, Frederick Loewe and Kurt Weill

      Diana Damrau soprano

    New Year’s Eve concert with Kirill Petrenko and Diana Damrau Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Daniel Barenboim

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 3 in C minor, op. 37

      Daniel Barenboim piano

    • Josef Suk
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor, op. 27 “Asrael”

    Kirill Petrenko and Daniel Barenboim Go to concert
  • Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes

    Photo: M. Lengemann

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Herbert Blomstedt

    Leif Ove Andsnes

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 22 in E flat major, K. 482

      Leif Ove Andsnes piano

    • Anton Bruckner
      Symphony No. 4 in E flat major “Romantic” (2nd version from 1878/1880)

    Herbert Blomstedt and Leif Ove Andsnes Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 6

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Mahler’s Sixth Symphony Go to concert
  • Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique”

    Photo: Julia Baier

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Paavo Järvi

    Stefan Dohr

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Scherzo fantastique, op. 3

    • Hans Abrahamsen
      Concerto for Horn and Orchestra − commissioned jontly by the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation, the NHK Symphony Orchestra, the NTR Zaterdag Matinee, the Seattle Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia Première

      Stefan Dohr french horn

    • Hector Berlioz
      Symphonie fantastique, op. 14

    Paavo Järvi conducts the “Symphonie fantastique” Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Symphony in three Movements

    • Bernd Alois Zimmermann
      Alagoana. Caprichos Brasileiros, Ballet Suite

    • Sergei Rachmaninov
      Symphonic Dances, op. 45

    Kirill Petrenko conducts Stravinsky, Zimmermann and Rachmaninov Go to concert
  • “Late Night” concert with Percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    “Late Night” concert with Percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    Photo: Sebastian Hänel

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker

    • Gérard Grisey
      Le Noir de l'Étoile

    “Late Night” concert with Percussionists of the Berliner Philharmoniker Go to concert
  • Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony

    Photo: Holger Hage

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Yannick Nézet-Séguin

    Elīna Garanča

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 3 in D minor

      Elīna Garanča mezzo-soprano, Ladies of the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Boys of the Berlin State and Cathedral Choir

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Mahler’s Third Symphony Go to concert
  • Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    Jonathan Kelly

    • Richard Strauss
      Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra in D major, o. op. 144

      Jonathan Kelly oboe

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Christus am Ölberge (Christ on the Mount of Olives), Oratorio, op. 85

      Iwona Sobotka soprano, Benjamin Bruns tenor, David Soar baritone, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Simon Halsey chorus master

    Simon Rattle conducts Strauss and Beethoven Go to concert
  • Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók

    Photo: Oliver Helbig

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Sir Simon Rattle

    • Luciano Berio
      Sinfonia for 8 Voices and Orchestra

      Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart

    • Béla Bartók
      Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116

    Sir Simon Rattle conducts Berio and Bartók Go to concert
  • Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie

    Photo: Stephan Rabold

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Marlis Petersen, Matthew Polenzani, Peter Rose

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Fidelio, op. 72 (3rd version from 1814) Concert Performance

      Marlis Petersen soprano (Leonora), Matthew Polenzani tenor (Florestan), Peter Rose bass (Rocco), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller soprano (Marzelline), Paul Schweinester tenor (Jaquino), Wolfgang Koch baritone (Don Pizzaro), Tareq Nazmi bass (Don Fernando), Stephen Chambers tenor (1st Prisoner), David Ostrek bass (2nd Prisoner), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Kirill Petrenko conducts “Fidelio” at the Philharmonie Go to concert
  • A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra

    Photo: Selina Pfrüner

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    German National Youth Orchestra
    Christoph Altstaedt

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 1st Movement

    • Brett Dean
      “Testament” – Music for 12 Violas

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 2nd Movement

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 3rd Movement

    • Mark Barden
      BTHVN 2020 – Work commissioned by the Bundesjugendorchester

    • Ludwig van Beethoven
      Symphony No. 3 in E flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”: 4th Movement

    A Beethoven evening with the German National Youth Orchestra Go to concert
  • Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt

    Photo: Akos Stiller

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Iván Fischer

    Daniel Stabrawa, Bruno Delepelaire, Stefan Schweigert

    • Joseph Haydn
      Sinfonia concertante in B flat major, Hob. I:105

      Daniel Stabrawa violin, Bruno Delepelaire cello, N. N. bassoon, Stefan Schweigert bassoon

    • Franz Liszt
      A Faust Symphony in three characteristic Pictures (version without final chorus from 1854)

    Iván Fischer conducts Haydn and Liszt Go to concert
  • European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko
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    European Concert from Tel Aviv

    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Kirill Petrenko

    Christiane Karg, Elisabeth Kulman, Amihai Grosz

    • Gustav Mahler
      Rückert Lieder

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Max Bruch
      Kol Nidrei op. 47

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 4 in G major

      Christiane Karg soprano, Elisabeth Kulman mezzo-soprano, Amihai Grosz viola

    European Concert from Tel Aviv with Kirill Petrenko Go to concert
  • Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa

    Photo: Sebastian Hänel

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Daniel Stabrawa

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
      Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 1 in B flat major, K. 207

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Andrzej Panufnik
      Concerto for Violin and String Orchestra

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    • Franz Schubert
      Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D 485

      Daniel Stabrawa violin and direction

    Mozart, Panufnik and Schubert with Daniel Stabrawa Go to concert
  • Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud

    Photo: Marco Borggreve

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Tugan Sokhiev

    Emmanuel Pahud

    • Aram Khachaturian
      Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, transcr. by Jean-Pierre Rampal after the violin concerto in D minor

      Emmanuel Pahud flute

    • Igor Stravinsky
      Le Sacre du printemps (revised version from 1947)

    Tugan Sokhiev and Emmanuel Pahud Go to concert
  • Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky

    Photo: Martin Walz

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Mariss Jansons

    Denis Matsuev, Guillaume Jehl

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Symphony No. 9 in E flat major, op. 70

    • Dmitri Shostakovich
      Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra in C minor, op. 35

      Denis Matsuev piano, Guillaume Jehl trumpet

    • Igor Stravinsky
      The Firebird, Suite (version from 1919)

    Mariss Jansons conducts Shostakovich and Stravinsky Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    Anett Fritsch

    • Gustav Mahler
      Symphony No. 2 in C minor “Resurrection”

      Anett Fritsch soprano, Alisa Kolosova mezzo-soprano, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Gijs Leenaars chorus master

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts Mahler’s Second Symphony Go to concert
  • A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel

    Photo: Mark Hanauer

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    Late Night at the Philharmonie

    Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Latin American Night

    • Programme to be announced

    A Latin American “Late Night” concert with Gustavo Dudamel Go to concert
  • Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne

    Photo: Holger Kettner

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    Berliner Philharmoniker
    Gustavo Dudamel

    • Olympic Night

    • Programme to be announced

    Gustavo Dudamel conducts an Olympic Night at the Waldbühne Go to concert