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New season 2019/20

Kent Nagano presents the 192th concert season

The Hamburg State Philharmonic Orchestra dedicates itself to the theme "Symphony" during its 192nd concert season, interpreting classics of this genre such as Mahler's Fifth, Brahms' First, Mendelssohn's "Italian" and Bruckner's Third, as well as rarely-performed works such as Shostakovich's First, Tchaikovsky's "Manfred Symphony" and Liszt's "Faust Symphony" at the Elbphilharmonie. Hamburg's General Music Director Kent Nagano conducts five concert programmes; guest conductors include Pinchas Steinberg, Andrey Boreyko, Ariane Matiakh and Alexander Sladkovsky, among others. Soloists include such distinguished artists as the trumpet player Reinhold Friedrich, the organist Iveta Apkalna and the young Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii. Finde here an overview.

Among the highlights of the concert season are Beethoven's Missa Solemnis in February 2020, the world premiere of Pascal Dusapin's organ concerto Waves in January 2020 and the opera project of Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise, co-produced with the State Opera and the Elbphilharmonie, which will be performed as part of the International Music Festival in May 2020. A tour of Japan is scheduled for October and November 2019. These will all be conducted by Kent Nagano.

As in the past year, at the end of August, the Philharmonic Academy will include an open-air concert on Hamburg's Rathausmarkt. Together with several choirs from Hamburg, Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic Orchestra will also present a large-scale oratorio program in three concerts at the Elbphilharmonie as part of the Philharmonic Academy.

Commemorating Ludwig van Beethoven's 250th birthday, the chamber music series of the Philharmonic State Orchestra includes a composer focus. Each concert will feature works by Beethoven, but also a commissioned work by a contemporary composer, following the motto "A Free Spirit – Beethoven and Chamber Music".

In the interdisciplinary series "Music and Science", the focus is on "Social Change". Scientists of the Max Planck Society will approach the subject from the perspective of social law, demographics and social politics, while members of the Philharmonic Orchestra will contribute baroque music to the series.

Children and teenagers can experience the Philharmonic State Orchestra in different formats: at the School Concert "Ciao Bella" at the Elbphilharmonie, where the focus is on Mendelssohn's "Italian Symphony" in September 2019, at the Family Concert "WUM und BUM und die Damen DING DONG" in February 2020, during rehearsal visits at the Elbphilharmonie and the Laeiszhalle, or in chamber music formats such as the "jung" series "Spielplatz Musik" and "Tonangeber" at the Hamburg State Opera. Members of the Philharmonic Orchestra also visit the Musikkindergarten and Hamburg's schools.

Tickets for concerts of the Philharmonic State Orchestra go on sale on Thursday, June 20, 2019. Orders for subscriptions which include concerts by the Philharmonic State Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie will be accepted during the period from February 18, 2019 to March 10, 2019. Should the number of orders received by March 10, 2019 exceed the number of available seats, subscriptions will be assigned by drawing lots, independent of the order in which orders were received.

The Philharmonic State Orchestra thanks its main sponsor, the Kühne Foundation.
The Kühne Foundation supports the creation of additional orchestra positions with a major gift of five million Euros over a period of five seasons. This enables the orchestra to undertake new projects and concert tours.

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