A Hallmark of the DSO

Robin Ticciati presenting DSO's Casual
Concert on March 3 2018. Photo: Kai Bienert

For 15 years they have been an established feature of cultural life in the capital and a hallmark of the DSO: the Casual Concerts in the Philharmonie with a lounge and live act. They stand for a young format, a young audience and young conductors. Since they were launched by Ingo Metzmacher in 2007, the Casual Concerts have developed into a tradition of their own. The series will take place for the sixteenth time in the 2022-23 season!

Three concerts in the young, communicative concert format will be played per season in the Philharmonie (see below) – with a free choice of seats and a compact length. The uniform price is moderate: € 20, just € 10 for pupils and students. The dress code is casual, too. The concerts begin later, namely at 8:30 pm, and offer a little more than an hour of musical pleasure. The Philharmonie opens its doors at 7:30 pm. At 8 pm, when the Great Hall is opened, the rush for the best seats begins ...

There is no pre-concert introduction to the Casual Concerts: the conductors themselves present the evening, explaining the works vividly and understandably in dialogue with the soloists, using orchestra examples and then performing them in context.

Casual Concert Lounge

Photo: Peter Adamik

During the second part of the evening, the Casual Concert Lounge invites you to the foyer of the Philharmonie with a live act and DJ. The superb space designed by Hans Scharoun transforms into a club, becoming a place to meet with the evening’s artists – and an ideal meeting place for concertgoers who are still wide awake and want to continue the evening in a relaxed way.

The lounge opens itself up the city’s urban sounds, and, with artists like Brandt Brauer Frick, Leslie Clio, Erobique and Die Vögel, is able to present a respectable line-up of exciting protagonists of the international club and band scene.

2022 | 2023 Casual Concerts