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Philharmonic Academy 2019

With Kent Nagano at the Elbphilharmonie
and open-air on the Rathausmarkt

The end of August 2019 brings an open-air concert on Hamburg's Rathausmarkt and five Academy Concerts: on three evenings, Kent Nagano leads a large-scale oratorio programme featuring more than 400 choristers and singers from Hamburg at the Elbphilharmonie's main auditorium. Two chamber-music concerts at the Elbphilharmonie's smaller auditorium present members of the Philharmonic Orchestra and the American chorus Chanticleer. And hopefully the weather gods will smile upon Hamburg when Nagano and the Philharmonic Orchestra play Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and Brahms' First Symphony under an open sky!

An overview of events:

1. Academy Concert
24. August 2019, Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, 8 pm
25. August 2019, Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, 7 pm
26. August 2019, Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal, 8 pm
Works by Mendelssohn and Berlioz
With Kent Nagano (Conductor), vocal soloists, choruses and singers from Hamburg and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
The 1. Academy Concert is sold out

2. Academy Concert
25. August 2019, Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal, 11 am
Works by Hildegard von Bingen, Josquin des Prez, Mendelssohn, Brahms
With Chanticleer and Members of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
Tickets: 12,00-35,00 €

3. Academy Concert
27. August 2019, Elbphilharmonie, Kleiner Saal, 7.30 pm
Works by Monteverdi, Gesualdo, Mendelssohn
With Chanticleer and Members of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
Tickets: 12,00-35,00 €

Rathausmarkt-Open-Air
31. August 2019, Rathausmarkt, 8 pm
Works by Gershwin and Brahms
With Kent Nagano (Conductor), Gilles Vonsattel (Piano) and the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
free entry

About the Philharmonic Academy
When Kent Nagano began his tenure as Hamburg's General Music Director and Chief Conductor of the State Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015, he also initiated the "Philharmonic Academies". Ever since, these concerts have opened the new opera and concert season. Nagano and the members of the Philharmonic Orchestra consider this an "open" project with an experimental orientation, dedicated variously to renowned composers, important themes and subjects, or musical explorations. The musicians form smaller and larger groups, collectives and ensembles, performing at venues such as Hamburg's main church, St. Michaelis, the Planetarium or Hamburg's town hall. In 2018 the Philharmonic Orchestra was led by Kent Nagano in is first open-air concert on Hamburg's Rathausmarkt, winning the hearts of about 7,000 audience members with a musical gift to their city.
While the first Philharmonic Academies were dedicated to intensive work within the orchestra, the project opened itself to a broad Hamburg audience with the 2018 open-air performance on Hamburg's Rathausmarkt. In 2019 Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic take another step, inviting Hamburg's choruses and singers to perform a grand oratorio programme together at the Elbphilharmonie.

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