Berliner Philharmoniker to Present European Concert

By Francisco Salazar
(Credit: Monika Rittershaus)

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s European Concert is set to go ahead as planned on May 1, 2020 in an empty hall in the Philharmonie Berlin.

The concert, which will be led by Kirill Petrenko, will be performed in a chamber formation with Federal President Steinmeier delivering the opening address.

The concert will be performed with the support of media partners rbb and EuroArts and will be broadcast live on German television channel Das Erste, on the radio via rbbKultur, and online in the Digital Concert Hall. Additionally, the  broadcast will also be shown in over 80 other countries.

The program will include Arvo Pärt’s “Fratres,” György Ligeti’s “Ramifications,” Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” and a chamber arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 with Christiane Karg performing.

Andrea Zietzschmann, general manager of the Berliner Philharmoniker, chief conductor Kirill Petrenko and the orchestra board members said, “We are very grateful to all those involved to make it possible for the European Concert to take place in these difficult times. This concert has always been about a united Europe, a message that seems more important to us today than ever. With this concert, we want to entertain our audience worldwide and send them a message of solidarity.”

The concert will begin at 5 p.m. local time. Here is a link for more information.