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New season 2020/21

The 193rd concert season

During its 193rd season, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra interprets classical and late-romantic repertoire by Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bruckner, juxtaposing these works with contemporary music, including world premieres by Toshio Hosokawa, Matthew Ricketts and Sean Shepherd. Popular masterworks such as Mahler's Symphony No. 7, Vivaldi's Four Seasons and Dvořák's Symphony "From the New World" are part of the programme, alongside important compositions by Russian artists such as Shostakovich and Prokofiev. Kent Nagano leads five of the ten Philharmonic Concerts with two performances each, as well as three special concerts. Guest conductors include Adam Fischer, Markus Poschner, Yutaka Sado, Andreas Spering as well as Hamburg's former General Music Director Ingo Metzmacher. The Philharmonic welcomes such soloists as Klaus Florian Vogt, Nikolai Lugansky, Veronika Eberle, Jan Vogler, Avi Avital, Giuliano Carmignola and Dénes Várjon.

As in previous years, highlights of the concert season include the great open air concert on Hamburg's Rathausmarkt as part of the Philharmonic Academy on August 22, 2020, which will feature not only Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 3, but also Piotr Tchaikovsky's popular Piano Concerto No. 1. Kent Nagano presents another special programme for the opening concert of the Hamburg International Music Festival on April 30 and May 1, 2021, in which Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 meets the world premiere of "urknallkantate" by Sean Shepherd/Ulla Hahn. This programme is then presented again at the Dresden Music Festival. In a concert honouring Klaus-Michael Kühne, Nagano and the Philharmonic will join opera's rising star Pretty Yende on October 9, 2020 at the Elbphilharmonie in a programme conceived especially for Kühne.

The Chamber Music series of the Philharmonic State Orchestra offers a wide variety of references during the coming season – be it to special composers or special features in the concurrent Philharmonic Concerts or the Hamburg State Opera's programming. Music by renowned masters such as Mozart, Schubert and Dvořák can be heard alongside rarely-performed chamber music works and new compositions, for example during the Special Chamber Concert on December 6, 2020, which concentrates on 20th-century composers such as Schulhoff, Hindemith, Milhaud and Eisler.

The interdisciplinary series "Music and Science" takes place in February 2021, focusing on the subject of "Chaos and Order". Lectures by scientists of the Max Planck Society working in the fields of brain research, astronomy and the Society's chemical-technical section will present results of their research; members of the Philharmonic play chamber music works from various epochs selected to match the subject at hand.

Children and teenagers can experience the Philharmonic State Orchestra in different "jung" formats: during rehearsal visits at the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle, at family and school concerts at the opera stabile, in chamber music formats such as the series "Tonangeber" at the Hamburg State Opera, or during visits of members of the Philharmonic Orchestra to the Musikkindergarten and Hamburg's schools.

The Kühne Foundation is the main sponsor of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra.It supports the creation of additional orchestra positions with a major gift over a period of five seasons and enables the orchestra to undertake new projects and concert tours. At the same time, this benefits the Hamburg State Opera and its musical reputation. The Philharmonic State Orchestra thanks its main sponsor, the Kühne Foundation.

Advance ticket sales for the Philharmonic's concert season as well as the 2020/21 opera and ballet season start on May 11, 2020 at 10 am (for subscribers: from May 7, 2020 at 10 am). Only 4 tickets per person and household will be sold for each concert programme, with a maximum of 10 tickets for the 2020/21 concert season in total. Here you will find more information about how to get tickets. An concert overview you will find here.

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