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Season 20-21

News on the 20-21 Subscriptions

Dear subscribers,

thank you very much for your support in the past weeks and months. Above all, your accommodating understanding for the successive concert cancellations of the 19-20 season has been a great help to us in coping with the current situation.

In the meantime, we can now offer you an update on the subscriptions for the 20-21 season. Please click on "More Info" for detailed information.

Season 20-21

Tickets sale to be postponed

Due to Corona, single ticket sales for the 2020-21 season will not start on 15 July 2020, as originally announced, but probably in mid-August. Up-to-date information and news on the concerts at the start of the season will then be available here. We kindly ask you to be patient a little longer.


›Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework‹

Roaring water, chirping birds, cuckoo calls – Beethoven's 'Pastorale' transports the listener into a world of nature, whose untouchedness and diversity is at stake today.

As part of the joint project series TRIKESTRA, the junge norddeutsche philharmonie, the STEGREIF.Orchester and the DSO have explored the 'Pastorale' in their #beethoven_rotation project. After a first corona-induced, digital engagement with Beethoven's Sixth Symphony as an interactive 360° video, a second part followed in the form of the commissioned work 'Pastorale – Leon Weber Rework' for ten musicians and live electronics, which has been released as a video in June 2020.

Making a Mark

For Diversity and Solidarity

Lorna Hartling has been a violist in the DSO for 28 years – an orchestra whose members come from 23 countries. Shocked by the deadly violence against African-Americans in the USA, but also by the racism that is rampant worldwide, she and her colleagues have made it a priority to set a musical sign for diversity and justice.

With a string sextet arrangement of the organ composition 'Adoration' by the African-American composer Florence Price (1887-1953), they join the international movement that stands for equality, appreciation and respect for other people.

Live on air on June 26

Season Finale with Antonello Manacorda

The DSO concludes its 2019 | 2020 season with a final live radio concert under the baton of Antonello Manacorda and with a programme featuring Richard Strauss' 'Metamorphoses' for 23 solo strings, Arnold Schoenberg's First Chamber Symphony and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor.

The concert is broadcast live from the Großer Sendesaal in the Haus des Rundfunks by Deutschlandfunk Kultur on Friday, 26 June from 8.03 pm.

Children’s Concert Online

›Schubert’s Trout‹

The last rbbKultur children's concert of this season unfortunately had to be cancelled due to Corona. However, a replacement has been arranged: 

A special children's concert edition is dedicated to Franz Schubert's ›The Trout‹. The famous song and the variations from the ›Trout Quintet‹, sung and played by members of the DSO, tenor Holger Marks and pianist Jarkko Riihimäki, can be heard and seen on Youtube. As usual, the rbbKultur children's concert is presented by Christian Schruff, who has a lot to say about Schubert and the fish.

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Gramophone’s Orchestra of the Year 2020 Nominee

The Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin has been nominated by the renowned British music magazine ‘Gramophone’ for the ‘Orchestra of the Year 2020’ award. The choice is carried out by an audience vote. We would be delighted if you would give your vote to the DSO and thank you very much for your support!

Streaming 12.06. – 19.06.

Sokhiev conducts Mussorgsky

Despite the cancellation of concerts due to the Corona shutdown the DSO is still there for its audience: Over the next few days and weeks we will regularly post video streams of selected concerts and opera productions on our website.

Streaming from June 12 to 19, the DSO in cooperation with rbb and ARTE Concerts presents a 2016 concert with Tugan Sokhiev, conducting Mussorgsky’s ›Pictures at an Exhibition‹.

Live on air

More Radio Concerts on June 14, 17 and 26

The DSO continues its live radio concerts on rbbKultur and Deutschlandfunk Kultur with chamber orchestra line-ups. David Afkham conducts a programme of works by Debussy, Haydn and Wagner on 14 June, featuring Saleem Ashkar as soloist in Mozart's D Minor Piano Concerto KV 466. Cornelius Meister conducts a concert on 17 June with music by Haydn, Mozart and Messiaen. Finally, Antonello Manacorda conducts music by Mozart, Schoenberg and Strauss on 26 June.

Live on air

Radio Concerts in June

The DSO continues its live concerts on the radio: On June 7th the orchestra can be heard in a larger line-up for the first time since the corona-related contact restrictions! Starting at 8.04 pm, rbbKultur will broadcast an exciting concert programme with music from the Romantic period to the present from the Großer Sendesaal in the Haus des Rundfunks.
On Tuesday, June 9, a chamber concert with former participants of the series ›Debut on Deutschlandfunk Kultur‹ will follow. Further live radio concerts are planned for 14, 17 and 26 June.