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New season 2019/20

Advanced ticket sales starts on 20 June 2019

Advanced ticket sales for the concerts of the Philharmonic State Orchestra of the season 2019/20 starts on Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 10 am. Per person and household up to 4 tickets per concert program and a total of 10 tickets for the concert season can be purchased. Tickets can be purchased online, by phone or at the box office of the Hamburg State Opera, as well as at the known ticket sales points. Here you will find more information about how to get tickets. An concert overview you will find here.

About the 192nd Philharmonic 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.

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.

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