To the outsider, it may appear as if concert halls are only open in the evenings, but in fact they are always busy during the day. After all, the performances of the artists want to be rehearsed and organizationally prepared.
The Philharmonie and the chamber music hall at the Kulturforum are used particularly intensively: everyone who has something to do with classical music would like to perform here.
However, the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation needs a lot of appointments itself. The orchestra’s subscription series range from A to Z. Up to the letter N, these are the large symphonic programs, but of course there is also a chamber music series designed by the members.
Then the concert series begins, in which the Philharmoniker act as organizers: for example for the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, but also for grandiose singers such as Marlis Petersen or Marianna Crebassa, who appear in the “Vokal” series , for early music ensembles, for string quartets or for pianists with a preference for demanding programs such as Vikingur Olafsson and Alexandre Tharaud.
A new addition for the 2022/23 season is the “World” format, which wants to open the ears for global crossover projects with the Kurdish singer Aynur, the young South African cellist Abel Selaocoe, the Zarb drum trio Chemirani and the Portuguese fado master Carminho. The Philharmoniker explicitly do not want to compete with the House of World Cultures, as they emphasize, but only offer a supplement.
Just like her jazz series, which Sigi Loch has been curating for ten years. In the coming season he will be presenting a homage to the Polish pianist Krzysztof Komada, a world premiere of Iro Rantala, a György Ligeti evening with Michael Wollny and Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and the soiree “Fantastic Women” with Rhoda Scott, Anna Gréta and Kadri front.