Are you looking for something different to experience while visiting the great city of Berlin? The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is without doubt one of the best in the world. Directed by Englishman Sir Simon Rattle, it performs regularly in Berlin, and tours the world extensively.
The orchestra’s home is the striking yellow tent-shaped Philharmonie near Potsdamer Platz. The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in Berlin in 1882 by 54 musicians under the name Frühere Bilsesche Kapelle. Once Sir Simon Rattle was elected in June 1999, he made it a condition of his signing with the Berlin Philharmonic that it be turned into a self-governing public foundation, with the power to make its own artistic and financial decisions.
On 10 January 2013, the orchestra announced the scheduled end of Rattle’s tenure as artistic director and chief conductor in 2018. on June 22 2015, the orchestra announced its election of Kirill Petrenko as its next chief conductor.
Make sure to arrive 30-45 minutes early and bring something soft to sit on, as the audience sits on the lobby floor! These performances start at 1pm and run daily from September 3rd to June 14th. On Tuesdays, there are free lunchtime concerts by upcoming and renowned musicians, so don’t miss out!
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