From Philharmonic Hall to the Circus

When in 2003 Berlin’s Tempodrom accidentally allocated New Year’s Eve to both the DSO and the Circus Roncalli, probably no one would have predicted a success story. But what was born of necessity became a musical New Year’s Eve sensation. What at first glance does not belong together now has been meeting in high spirits at the turn of the year for almost two decades, with the loveliest of consequences: the orchestra shifts from the Philharmonie to the circus arena. The sound of a symphonic orchestra and breath-taking acrobatic artistry mutually inspire each other. The funniest melancholics and the most brilliant sorcerers of sound create a boundless magical world under the big top – in which beauty and elegance, excitement and breathless astonishment are seamlessly interwoven.

Photo: Guido Berkholz
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day with Fabien Gabel

The DSO and the Circus Roncalli will be holding two New Year’s Eve concerts once again on 31 December 2021. Due to the great demand, this year there will once again be a third concert: at 6 pm on 1 January.

The conductor this time around will be James Gaffigan, Music Director in Lucerne. The soloist is British saxophonist Jess Gillam.