Beautiful Song: Berlin Philharmonie at 50

The Berlin Philharmonic, generally considered the best orchestra in the world, is getting ready to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its innovative concert hall designed by Hans Scharoun. As part of the festivities, they are offering a free 50th anniversary concert in the Digital Concert Hall, their ambitious web site that streams the entire season live.

Good program:  Beethoven, Kurtág, Vaughn Williams, Rihm, and Gabrieli, which should sound particularly spectacular in that concert hall’s unusual shape. Kicks off at 1:30 pm on the East Coast of the US and you probably have to give them your email, but should be an engrossing show if you are a classical music lover and/or Simon Rattle junkie, like me.

Sketch for the Philharmonie

The architect’s sketch…

 

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…and today.

 

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