News: The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle go on US Tour

From New York to San Francisco to the innovative Digital Concert Hall

14 September 2009

Berlin Phil

The long-awaited Berliner Philharmoniker tour is about to start. Thousands of music lovers in the US will have the chance to attend concerts featuring one of the most prestigious orchestras in the world lead by Sir Simon Rattle.

The Berlin orchestra will perform ten concerts in six North American cities. The opening night will see them on the stage of the Carnegie Hall in New York, on 11 November.

They will perform again in New York on the two following days, and will eventually be in Boston (15 November), Chicago (16 November), Ann Arbor (17 November) and San Francisco (20 and 21 November). They will conclude their tour in Los Angeles on 23 and 24 November.

The repertoire that the Berlin Phil will present includes the complete Brahms symphonies, and all four of them will be performed during the three Carnegie Hall concerts. But their programme will be different for every venue. Other works in their exciting repertoire include Schoenberg's Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9b, Erwartung and Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34 as well as his orchestral arrangement of Brahms's Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25. Wagner's Prelude to Die Meistersinger will also be performed.

This US tour will follow the release of the complete Brahms symphonies by EMI Classics, and this promises to be one of the most interesting releases of the year. The Berlin Philharmoniker and Rattle have recorded this work at the Berlin Philharmonie in October and November 2008, and they are eager to present this work to their public.

For those who do not have the possibilities to attend dates in the US Tour, the Berlin Philharmoniker offers an amazing opportunity. Three of the works performed during the tour will be webcast live through the Berliner Philharmoniker's innovative Digital Concert Hall ( prior to the tour. Brahms's Symphony No. 2 will be part of a concert on Saturday 31 October and Schoenberg's orchestral arrangement of Brahms's Piano Quartet No. 1 and Erwartung will be feature in the concert on Saturday 7 November. 

The Digital Concert Hall season is a groundbreaking project launched by the Berliner Philharmoniker. The second season of this initiative opened on 28 August, and it will continue over the forthcoming months. More than 30 concerts will be webcast live from the Berlin Philharmonie and also archived. This seems like a great project to access the Berlin Philharmoniker music from anywhere in the world.

By Marina Romani

For full schedule of the Berlin Philharmoniker US Tour visit

All tickets for the Digital Concert Hall, including full season and 30-day subscriptions which also provide access to archived concerts, are available online at

Photo: The Berliner Philharmoniker. Credits: Getty.


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