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Philharmonischer Chor Berlin, Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör, Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt

About the Event

In this highly‐anticipated concert, hear the mellifluous sounds of classical music by Verdi, Sandström and Williams at Berlin's treasured and world‐renowned Philharmonie.

Finally, another joint concert with our partner choir Uppsala Akademiska Kammarkör! The highlight is a work by the great Swedish composer Sven David Sandström. It is a new version of the Ambrosian hymn 'Te Deum', which the composer managed to complete shortly before his death (2019). This world premiere is a musical contrast to Giuseppe Verdi's last opera, the 'Quattro Pezzi Sacri', which are rarely heard as a complete work with their extremely demanding a cappella movements. This is followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams' reconciliatory 'Dona Nobis Pacem': a memorial for peace, which the composer wrote in 1936 in memory of the victims of the First World War.

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.

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