From 1952 until today: Get to know the Konzerthausorchester Berlin.
In 2013, the members of the Konzerthaus Kammerorchester together with the British star violinist Daniel Hope were delighted to receive the ECHO Classic award in the category "Classic Music Without Borders". They took home the award for the album "Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons", a reworking of Vivaldi’s "Four Seasons" by the British composer Max Richter.
From the 2012/13 to 2017/18 season, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin performed under its honorary conductor Iván Fischer. In line with his reputation as a visionary orchestra leader, he had been inspiring listeners with new concert formats and projects ever since. They offer audiences unexpected perspectives while opening new doors to classical music. With some 100 concerts per season, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin shapes the artistic programme and sound of the concert hall on Gendarmenmarkt.
The series "Right in the Middle", brought to life in 2014, is a new concert format that goes beyond the traditional concert experience. And the name “Right in the Middle” can be taken literally! For these concerts, the orchestra leaves the stage and plays in the Great Hall auditorium, free of row seats on these occasions. The audience sits between the musicians – true to our motto: Right in the thick of things, not just on the sidelines!
The Konzerthausorchester Berlin musicians would like to invite everyone to share their passion. For example, in request concerts, when the audience determines the programme, or in 2014’s "Conduct us!" concert on Gendarmenmarkt. Here, passers-by picked up the baton to conduct the Konzerthausorchester Berlin themselves.
In a joint clip from February 2016, honorary conductor Iván Fischer and Pál Dárdai, head coach of Hertha BSC, showed that music and football have many similarities. For the initiative "So klingt nur Berlin" ("Only Berlin sounds this way"), they showed what unites fans: experiences that can move and inspire, the unique feeling of being there live, the magic of the moment and a spectacular finale. And behind it all: the incentive to reach peak performance, team spirit, interactive perfection and the passion of a common vision.
"Welcome among us": on 1 March 2016, the Berliner Philharmonic, Konzerthausorchester Berlin and Staatskapelle Berlin invited refugees and those who assist them to a special concert in the Philharmonie. The three orchestras, headed by their principal conductors Sir Simon Rattle, Iván Fischer and Daniel Barenboim, welcomed people who had fled from their homelands to Berlin, while thanking the many helpers for their full-time and voluntary activities.
A rattling Trabant at the Goldelse, the "tuu-tuu-tuu" of the closing S-Bahn doors, sizzling currywurst in Kreuzberg or the soothing chugging of Spree steamboats – the sounds and resonances of Berlin are unique and incomparable. Really? The Konzerthausorchester Berlin underscored its close connection to the city and, with a total of 13 videos, created its own tribute to Berlin. #klangberlins has been on our YouTube channel since mid-January 2017.
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