PSO and Manfred Honeck on European Tour (May 2019)

From 25 October to 8 November 2019, the PSO will go on a major European tour with Manfred Honeck, including the Berlin and Paris Philharmonie, the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and the Vienna Musikverein. The pianists Lang Lang and Igor Levit as well as the baritone Matthias Goerne will be soloists on the tour.

25 October, Frankfurt, Alte Oper

26 October, Hamburg, Elbphilharmonie

28 October, Hanover, Kuppelsaal in the Congress Centrum

29 October, Berlin, Philharmonie

31 October, Vienna, Musikverein

1 November, Vienna, Musikverein

3 November, Munich, Philharmonie am Gasteig

4 November, Amsterdam, Concertgebouw

5 November, Paris, Philharmonie

7 November, Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts

8 November, Düsseldorf, Tonhalle


Further information can be found here.



Omer Meir Wellber conducts Strauss at the Semperoper Dresden

On 27 April Omer Meir Wellber leads the revival of Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier at the Semperoper Dresden. Further dates and information can be found here.

As the Principal Guest Conductor of the house, he will conduct the premiere of Verdi’s Nabucco on 25 May 2019. Further information can be found here.

Omer Meir Wellber gives his debut at the BBC Proms (April 2019)

On 23 and 29 July, Omer Meir Wellber, designated Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, will conduct his debut concerts at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

On the program will be the following :

23 July, London, Royal Albert Hall
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, KV 450
Ben-Haim: Symphony No.1
Schönberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra op. 16
Schumann: Symphony No. 4

29 July, London, Royal Albert Hall
Haydn: The Creation

Find here further information about the concerts.

Jan Vogler gives concerts in Münster (April 2019)

On 16 and 17 April cellist Jan Vogler will be guest at the Symphony Orchestra of Münster and will perform Saint-Saëns’ concerto for violoncello and orchestra No. 1 a minor op. 33.

Find here further information on these concerts.


Jan Vogler in Munich with the MKO (April 2019)

On 7 April 2019 Jan Vogler, together with the Munich Chamber Orchestra, will perform works by CPE Bach and Haydn under the direction of concert master Daniel Giglberger at the Prinzregententheater in Munich. Already in 2007 he recorded CPE Bach’s cello concerto in A major Wq 172 with the orchestra and Reinhard Goebel and released it on the CD “Concerti Brillanti”.

Further information about the concert can be found here.

Kent Nagano conducts George Benjamin premiere in Hamburg (April 2019)

Kent Nagano, General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, will conduct the German premiere of George Benjamin’s opera Lessons in Love and Violence staged by Katie Mitchell with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra on 7 April 2019. The work is a co-commission with the Royal Opera House Covent Garden (world premiere 10 May 2018), De Nederlandse Opera Amsterdam, Opéra de Lyon, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona and the Teatro Real Madrid. Additional performance dates in Hamburg include 10, 13 and 18 April.

Lessons in Love and Violence tells a story of blood, power, dynasty, jealousy, treason and sex. All those themes, found in plays by Shakespeare and Marlowe, have been stirred by playwright Martin Crimp and composer George Benjamin into a musical frame: hot and cold, passionate and restrained.

Find here further information on the new production at the Hamburg State Opera.

The premiere will be broadcast live on NDR Kultur at 18.00 CET. Click here to listen live.

On Friday, 5 April, the Elbphilharmonie will host a public discussion with Kent Nagano and George Benjamin including live music by the composer himself and with chamber works by Mahler, Messiaen and others. Find here more information on the event.

World Premiere of David Philip Hefti’s Flute Concerto “Media nox” at the Heidelberger Frühling festival (March 2019)

On 3 April, David Philip Hefti’s Flute Concerto Media nox – Music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra will be premiered at the Heidelberger Frühling festival by Tatjana Ruhland and the Deutschen Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken-Kaiserslautern under the baton of Jamie Philips. The concert will be recorded for radio broadcast by the German public radio station Saarländischer Rundfunk. As an ‘encore’, Jörg Tröger will talk with David Philip Hefti, Tatjana Ruhland and Dietrich Götze, who initiated and donated the commission.

David Philip Hefti about Media nox:
„The harmonies of this work are primarily quarter-tone, and explore the sounds of twilight, the night, spheres, dreams, sleeplessness and hallucinations. They create sound-surfaces alternately static, animated and iridescent that are the central idea of the work; these are then repeatedly roughened up by the rhythmic and melodic threads woven by the solo flute. This microtonal music is what I repeatedly here in the twilight state between sleep and sleeplessness.“

Here you can find a podcast (in German) of the Heidelberger Frühling featuring David Philip Hefti, who talks about composing his Flute Concerto Media nox for Tatjana Ruhlan, and here a mutual video of David Philip Hefti and Tatjana Ruhland about this project. In an interview with SWR2 Treffpunkt Klassik, Tatjana Ruhland speaks about the upcoming world premiere of this work, here you can listen to it.

Overview on the world premiere in Heidelberg:

3 April, 19.30 – Heidelberg, Stadthalle – Heidelberger Frühling
Deutsche Radiophilharmonie, Jamie Phillips
Hefti: Media nox – Music for the third nocturnal vigil for flute and orchestra – World Premiere
Tatjana Ruhland – Flute                                                      

You can find further information on the concert here.