The season at a glance

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Video: Robin Ticciati talks about the 2020-21 season

In the 2020-21 season the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is present in the Berliner Philharmonie with more than 30 concerts. Besides numerous projects with its principal conductor 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 Manfred Honeck, Andrew Manze, Cornelius Meister, Sir Roger Norrington, Sakari Oramo and many more will also conduct the orchestra:

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 2020-21

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 2020-21 season. Find more in the season brochure!

Concerts with music director Robin Ticciati

Photo: Jörg Brüggemann / Ostkreuz
Wagner in focus

The orrchestra and its Music Director will devote particular attention to Richard Wagner’s oeuvre and his relationship to France and Paris. Ticciati will examine the ambivalent relationship between the composer, the city of music and its protagonists from a broad range of angles in the scope of the ‘Wagner Perspectives’ Festival from 13 to 21 November. He will present excerpts from the composer's Musikdramen , juxtaposing them with works in aesthetic opposition, contemporaneous or following them, or works that set the Wagner champions Baudelaire and Mallarmé to music. A high-profile group of singers – amongst them Dorothea Röschmann, Karen Cargill, Matthias Goerne and many more – will also ensure the high quality.

More on the FESTIVAL ›WAGNER Perspectives‹

“Struggling with the Devil”

The project in February that Robin Ticciati and the DSO will undertake as part of ‘The Golden Twenties’ Biennale, to which the Berliner Philharmoniker are inviting, is set up as an extension and counterpoint to the ‘Wagner Perspectives’. Here too, works of music theatre can be heard on the concert stage, but these are the compact, provocative forms of the 1920’s – Paul Hindemith’s one-act opera ‘Sancta Susanna’ about a nun whose love for Christ exceeds what is tolerated in the cloister, and Bohuslav Martinů’s crazy and absurd jazz opera ‘Tears of the Knife’. Across these, the programme traces an arc ranging from the present to the 12th century. A stage concept also links the works dramatically: Frederic Wake-Walker will direct; he already staged Händel’s ‘Messiah’ on the Philharmonie stage with the DSO and Ticciati in 2018.

Photo: Jörg Brüggemann / Ostkreuz
A glance at Elgar

The music of British Edward Elgar – from the ‘Cockaigne’ concert overture to Introduction and Allegro for strings, from the Second Symphony to the ‘Enigma Variations’ – is another focal area stretching across Robin Ticciati’s programmes this season. This is the music of a composer of great significance for Ticciati’s own artistic development.

From Berlioz and Bruckner right up to the present day

In the 2020-21 season Robin Ticciati will continue to pursue lines that have engaged him and the DSO in recent years. These include Hector Berlioz with his ‘Symphonie fantastique’ and the viola symphony ‘Harold in Italy’, and Anton Bruckner, whose symphonic oeuvre represents a significant part of the joint history of the conductor and orchestra. Ticciati debuted in Berlin with the Fourth, and now, after the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Symphonies, will conduct the Ninth. The past programmatic line of works by Johannes Brahms continues with the ‘German Requiem’ and the First Piano Concerto. Contemporary music also continues to play a major role: the Scottish composer Helen Grime will be represented with the German premiere of her percussion concerto, her Czech colleague Ondřej Adámek with ‘Shiny or Shy’. Both have for several years repeatedly enriched the DSO’s programmes. The experiment of orchestral improvisation, which first succeeded last year, will be undertaken again in the new season.