Pre-Concert Talks

Did you know that Paul Hindemith was inspired to write his symphony and opera Mathis der Maler by the Isenheim Altar by the painter Matthias Grünewald, so that the symphony is sometimes called a “triptych in sound”? That Richard Strauss wrote his popular Horn Concerto No. 1 when he was only 18, certainly also inspired by his father, one of the leading horn players of his time, which might explain the enormous difficulties of the work? That Frédéric Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 was actually written before No. 1 – when the composer was only 19? That Sibelius wrote his tone poem Finlandia in 1900, when Finland was part of the Russian Empire, and that this “secret national anthem” was soon so popular that it was temporarily banned? That Erich Wolfgang Korngold quoted several of his own film scores in his Violin Concerto, and that the work is so songful that the composer himself said it was written “more for a Caruso than a Paganini”?

You will learn many fascinating and often surprising background facts from musicological experts in our 14 pre-concert talks – always delivered with a personal note. Often, musicians of the orchestra, conductors or soloists are also interviewed as part of these events.

Enjoy an enriching start to your concert evening and listen to the young musicians on stage with a “knowing ear”.

We look forward to welcoming you to our pre-concert talks – see you there!

All pre-concert talks are given in German.

Anne Kussmaul (left) during a pre-concert talk in 2017 with Mariana Vieira, winner of the European Composer Award.

Friday, 03 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
MIAGI Youth Orchestra

Saturday, 04 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
National Youth Orchestra of Germany

Sunday, 05 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
Joven Orquesta Nacional de Espana

Tuesday, 07 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
Symphony Orchestra of the Ljubljana Music Academy

Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classi
National Youth Orchestra of Canada

Thursday, 09 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
National Youth Orchestra of Romania

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Anne Kussmaul, Music Educator
Youth Chamber Orchestra St. Petersburg

Monday, 13 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Anne Kussmaul, Music Educator
Ungdomssymfonikerne

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Anne Kussmaul, Music Educator
European Union Youth Orchestra

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Anne Kussmaul, Music Educator
Southbank Sinfonia

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Anne Kussmaul, Music Educator
Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
Auckland Youth Orchestra

Monday, 20 August 2018

Pre-Concert Talk
7 pm, Konzerthaus Berlin, Werner-Otto-Saal
Dieter Rexroth, Artistic Director, Young Euro Classic
Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra