The season at a glance

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Find all of DSO's 2019-20 concerts at the concert calendar. You can filter the calendar according to your own needs.

About the season ...

Video: Robin Ticciati talking about season 2019-20

In the 2019-20 season the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is present in the Berliner Philharmonie with more than 30 concerts. Besides numerous projects with its music director Robin Ticciati, the DSO can regularly be experienced under renowned guest conductors. Three former principal conductors are involved in the current season: conductor laureate Kent Nagano, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Tugan Sokhiev; maestros such as Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo, Manfred Honeck oder Andrew Manze  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 2019-20

Symphony concerts with music director Robin Ticciati and distiguished guest conductors and soloists, three Casual Concerts, chamber concerts and much more – this is DSO's 2019-20 season. Find more in the season brochure!

Concerts with music director Robin Ticciati

In his first two seasons as Music Director, Robin Ticciati has already impressively demonstrated the enormous breadth of his programming and the great agreement that has grown up between him and the orchestra. The orchestra and Ticciati will continue this path in the 2019-20 season – with a wide-ranging repertoire, a diversity of styles, line-up sizes and ways of playing, with the aim of exploring the spectrum of expression anew in abundance and colourfulness for each project.

Photo: Alexander Gnädinger
Antonín Dvořák

One of Ticciati’s focus areas this season will be the composer Antonín Dvořák. With a concert performance of the opera ‘Rusalka’, he will provide a striking signal to kick off the season at the Musikfest Berlin. He will follow the composer’s development in other programmes, starting with the early Romance (soloist: Christian Tetzlaff) to the Slavonic Dances, which helped Dvořák to international renown, to the Eighth Symphony, to the Ninth Symphony ‘From the New World’, with which the Czech embarked on a search for a genuinely American musical language.

“Horizon America”

Dvořák’s Ninth is a starting point for “Horizon America”, another theme of the new DSO season. This grapples with the traditions of the New World, which, following the American by choice, were sought by both native and newly arrived composers, as well as with the creative tension between popular and artistic music. These will include Aaron Copland in ‘Appalachian Spring’, Elliott Carter in ‘Symphonia: sum fluxae pretium spei’, and Duke Ellington, who, originating from jazz, opened himself up to the large-scale orchestral form in his ‘Harlem’ Suite. And also in the music of European exiles, who reacted to their environment in the land of opportunity: Béla Bartók composed his Viola Concerto in New York shortly before his death, Bohuslav Martinů became a successful composer of symphonies there, Kurt Weill an acclaimed musical composer.

Bruckner, Brahms and contemporary composers

Ticciati will also follow lines in his programmes that, however, will be drawn through several seasons. Playing on gut strings, which was a successful experiment with Händel’s ‘Messiah’ in December 2018, will be continued with Mozart’s last three symphonies. In his series of Bruckner performances, he will now, after the Fourth, the Sixth and Seventh Symphonies, turn to the monumental Eighth Symphony on 15 December. Hector Berlioz is another composer close to Ticciati’s heart, this time with the dramatic legend ‘La damnation de Faust’. Works by today’s composers are also of course included in his programmes: the Scotswoman Helen Grime, who has already been heard at the DSO twice, has written a new work for orchestra. With the American Andrew Norman, Czech Ondřej Adámek, as well as Australian Brett Dean, the focus areas of the season are reflected in the selection of creative contemporaries.

Into the City

In addition to the concerts in the Philharmonie, Robin Ticciati is seeking new connections in the musical city of Berlin, for instance with a joint project with the ‘Hanns Eisler’ School of Music Berlin, where students will take on the vocal parts and the Ferenc Fricsay Academy Scholars of the DSO the orchestra part in Benjamin Britten’s chamber opera ‘The Rape of Lucretia’. Ticciati will work with the pupils in the DSO’s chamber music project, and he is inviting to the sixth ‘Symphonic Mob’ with hundreds of amateur musicians and singers.

Selected Concert Highlights