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Concert-Related Events

The more we hear, the more we know: with pre-concert talks, artist talks, seminars and workshops, the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle not only present outstanding concerts, they also offer concertgoers a memorable, all-round experience.

Pre-Concert Talks

Did you know that in his famous »Four Seasons«, composer Antonio Vivaldi set a barking dog and an ice-skater’s fall to music? Such interesting facts and entertaining anecdotes are waiting to be discovered in pre-concert talks, usually held one hour before the beginning of the concert.

For 30 minutes, experienced speakers and musicologists present background information on the respective works or, with the aid of a piano, explain musical concepts in an informal manner and in layman’s terms. Occasionally, the musicians themselves go on stage to offer a special personal introduction to their concert!

Full information on pre-concert talks can be found under What’s On, on the corresponding event page.

Pre-Concert Talk

Elbphilharmonie+

The Elbphilharmonie’s supporting programme offers a variety of different angles on the music performed – either to complement the concert itself, or as an experience in its own right.

As a rule, the Elbphilharmonie+ events are interdisciplinary in nature: exhibitions, talks to accompany a particular concert or events featuring flamenco dancing or scat singing. They take place in the Elbphilharmonie itself in some cases, as well as in museums, libraries and local culture centres.

Elbphilharmonie+ also includes films shown in cooperation with Hamburg cinemas and even culinary events: the programme reflects the many different ways of approaching music.

The programme will be regularly updated in the course of the season.

Events in Various Hamburg Localities

What is Jazz?

What exactly is jazz? What does a jazz musician play, and how does he play it? Hardly any other musical genre has produced so many different forms, and is still in a permanent state of development. In this seminar, Hamburg jazzman Christophe Schweizer explains selected types of jazz up to the present day in easy-to-understand language. If you already have some theoretical knowledge, it’s helpful – but not necessary. The course fee includes a group visit to Nik Bärtsch’s concert on 16 December 2017 and a ticket to a concert of your choice put on by the Hamburg Jazz Federation.

31 Oct–19 Dec 2017 / Tuesdays, 18:00–19:30
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios
Professor: Christophe Schweizer
Course language: German
Course fee: €150.00
incl. two concert visits

In cooperation with the Jazz Federation Hamburg e.V.

Nik Bärtsch

Registration Starts in September 2017

»Czech it out!«

»Who can really do anything since Beethoven?« Franz Schubert wondered. In their individual exploration of Viennese classicism, the three leading Czech composers Smetana, Dvořák and Janáček found their own answers to this question. This course focuses on precisely these three composers, and no prior knowledge is required. The seminar includes a group visit to a concert given by the Pavel Haas Quartet as part of the chamber music festival »Czech it out!«.

9 Jan–27 Feb 2018 / Tuesdays, 18:00–19:30
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios
Professor: Dr Eberhard Müller-Arp
Course language: German
Course fee: €120.00 incl. concert ticket
Concert visit: 17 February 2018

Supported by the Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Hamburg
In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Pavel Haas Quartet

Registration Starts in September 2017

A Winter’s Journey

Lost in Vienna, 1827: cold weather, solitude, aimless wandering – Schubert’s song cycle »Winterreise« (A Winter’s Journey) is a product of ›inner emigration‹. At the time, Vienna was a police state with a prospering economy; the population was growing, while the suburbs were sinking into poverty. This seminar takes a closer look at the circumstances in which »Winterreise« was written, at the history of its reception and its outstanding importance. No prior knowledge is required. The course fee includes a group visit to the song recital given by Matthias Goerne and Markus Hinterhäuser, where they will perform Schubert’s »Winterreise« as part of the concert series of the same name.

9 Jan–27 Feb 2018 / Tuesdays, 20:00–21:30
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios
Professor: Dr. Eberhard Müller-Arp
Course language: German
Course fee: €120.00 incl. concert ticket
Concert visit: 1 March 2018

In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Matthias Goerne

Registration Starts in September 2017