The new season at a glance

Beschreibung des fotos


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Beschreibung des fotos


Find all of DSO's 2018-19 concerts at the concert calendar. You can filter the calendar according to your own needs.

About the upcoming season ...

In the 2018-19 season the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is present in the Berliner Philharmonie with more than 35 concerts. Besides numerous projects with its principal conductor Robin Ticciati – amongst others a one-week Brahms festival – , the DSO can regularly be experienced under renowned guest conductors. Two former principal conductors are involved in the current season: conductor laureate Kent Nagano and Ingo Metzmacher; maestros such as Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Sir Roger Norrington, Andrew Manze or Osmo Vänskä will also conduct the orchestra. You can find all the season’s guest here:

Also on the programme: Three Casual Concerts, a variety of chamber concerts at verious places, six children's concerts, tour concerts and much more. For a complete summary of DSO's activities please browse through our season brochure:

Season brochure 2018-19

Symphony concerts with music director Robin Ticciati and distiguished guest conductors and soloists, the ›Brahms-Perspektiven‹ festival, three Casual Concerts, chamber concerts and much more – this is DSO's 2018-19 season. Find more in the season brochure

Concerts with Music Director Robin Ticciati

Robin Ticciati already impressively demonstrated his openness for the breadth of the repertoire and his discriminating examination of the diversity of musical styles in his first season as Music Director of the DSO. The programmes in his second season promise to be just as varied and dynamic a continuation – with lines that span across several seasons, with focus areas that are like a season’s magnetic poles, and with dramaturgical principles bent on lively experience.

One major programme strand comes from Claude Debussy, the initiator of French modernism, the hundredth anniversary of whose death will be commemorated in 2018 by the world of music. To kick off the season on 16 September in the scope of the Musikfest Berlin, Robin Ticciati follows Debussy’s stage music for the mystery play ‘Le martyre de Saint Sébastien’ with a suite from Wagner’s ‘Parsifal’. In the last programme of the season he explores the conceptual ties between Mahler’s ‘Lied von der Erde’ and Debussy’s ‘Pelléas et Mélisande’. Anton Bruckner’s symphonies have been accompanying Robin Ticciati and the DSO since 2014 – at the end of September he will place the Seventh as a contrasting foil to the music-historical milestone of Debussy’s ‘Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune’.

Foto: Monica Menez
Festival ›Brahms-Perspektiven‹

Special attention will be devoted to Johannes Brahms’s four symphonies, which can be heard over the course of just a few days in the Berliner Philharmonie. During the ‘Brahms Perspectives’ Festival from 17–23 February 2019, Robin Ticciati will explore them from a wide variety of perspectives – the interplay between orchestral instrumentation and the sound, the juxtaposition with solo compositions for piano (Kristian Bezuidenhout, Igor Levit) and cello (Nicolas Altstaedt) and vocal works (Rachel Harnisch, Dorothea Röschmann, RIAS Kammerchor), in an encounter with Schumann and Wagner, reverting to Bach and Schütz, from the French field of vision with Debussy and Dutilleux, complemented by ensemble and chamber music concerts, introductions with Brahms experts and a musical reading with actors Tom Schilling and Corinna Harfouch.

Another major project of the season is Händel’s ‘Messiah’. Robin Ticciati considers the oratorio a musical meditation on the biblical text, the intensity of which he will attempt to enhance with a stage design in the Philharmonic Hall of Berlin’s Philharmonie – jointly with British director Frederic Wake-Walker.

With the dramatic symphony ‘Roméo et Juliette’ the DSO’s Music Director also takes a look at Hector Berlioz, touches on Strauss, Webern and Ravel, and, following the flow of time and sound, starts with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and moves on to contemporary composers, this time with works by Lera Auerbach, George Benjamin and Harrison Birtwistle, as well as the world premiere of Aribert Reimann’s ‘Fragments de Rilke’, a DSO commission.