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Carnegie Hall Concert: Andrej Hermlin and his Swing Dance Orchestra at Philharmonie Berlin

Berlin, Philharmonie Berlin — Grosser Saal

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About the Event

Immerse yourself in the stunning architecture of Berlin's breathtaking Philharmonie Berlin for the ultimate concert set to awake your understanding of swing.

On January 16, 1938, Benny Goodman played the concert of his life — his orchestra performed at New York's venerable Carnegie Hall. It was the first engagement of a jazz band in a concert hall otherwise reserved for classical music and a sensation at the time. Andrej Hermlin, with his Swing Dance Orchestra and soloists Rachel (vocals) and David (drums) Hermlin, brings this most famous concert in the history of jazz to the stage, true to detail, more than 80 years after the legendary performance. Clarinetist James Scannell is invited as a guest star. Roland Neffe will be heard on vibraphone.


Ensemble: Swing Dance Orchestra
Singer: Rachel Hermlin
Drums: David Hermlin
Clarinet: James Scannell
Soloist: Roland Neffe

Philharmonie Berlin

The Philharmonie is a concert hall opened in 1963 in West Berlin. It is considered the musical heart of the German capital, as well as the new urban centre after the fall of the infamous Berlin Wall. Its distinctive bright yellow exterior and unusual tent-like shape quickly made it a city landmark. The surprising design and architecture were initially viewed negatively by many, but the Philharmonie is now considered a model for concert halls worldwide. The architect, Hans Scharoun, aimed to design a concert hall in which the focal point - the musicians on the concert platform - is equally visible from every seat, an aim that gave rise to the hall's unusual shape. Since its inauguration, the Berliner Philharmonie has hosted numerous concerts, often featuring acclaimed soloists and conductors.


Philharmonie Berlin, Herbert‐von‐Karajan‐Str. 1, Berlin, Germany — Google Maps

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