They are nocturnal entertainments for fans of the bizarre, the baffling, anarchic and dreamy: the Late Night concerts of the Berliner Philharmoniker, in which members of the orchestra regularly serve dessert after a symphony concert, often assisted by prominent guests. Sometimes they sound jazzy, sometimes sentimental, and one frequently hears how humorous contemporary music can be.
Pure rhythm is in store at this Waldbühne concert – with a performance by Martin Grubinger. The multi-percussionist is a true entertainer who elicits a wealth of timbres from his instruments in the Special Edition with film music by John Williams. The concert also features Wayne Marshall, who makes his debut conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker with the music of Leonard Bernstein, and who is also the soloist in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.
Composers and their times are the focus of our film series A Life in Music. The first of three parts is devoted to the life and work of Felix Mendelssohn during his time in Berlin. Accompanied by stories from his childhood and youth, we hear here not only works by Mendelssohn himself, but also those that were of particular importance to him. Narrator Philipp Bohnen, violinist with the Philharmoniker, takes us back to Berlin in the 1820s.
At the end of the 2020/21 season, the Berliner Philharmoniker will bid farewell to Daniel Stabrawa. The Polish-born violinist became a member of the orchestra in 1983 and took over the important position of 1st concertmaster three years later. In our film portrait, Stabrawa talks about the tasks of the post, his memories of four chief conductors and his passion for chamber music.