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Experience

Concert-Related Events

The Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle not only present outstanding concerts, they also offer concertgoers a memorable, all-round experience.

Concert programmes and musicians are brought closer to audiences through pre-concert talks and »Meet the Artists« events; in seminars and workshops, the focus is on music history, discussed in detail and comprehensibly. Concertgoers are also invited to take part in thematically linked fringe events and fun activities that range from wine tastings to poetry slams!

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

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Events in the Hamburg Localities

Fotoausstellung »El Sistema«

1975 von dem Musiker José Antonio Abreu gegründet, versorgt das einzigartige Musikvermittlungsprojekt »El Sistema« über 700.000 Kinder und Jugendliche aus armen Lebensverhältnissen mit Instrumenten und freiem Musikunterricht. Der Fotograf Andreas Knapp hat eines seiner Orchester, das Simón-Bolívar-Orchester, seit 2004 begleitet. Die Bilder, die dabei entstanden sind, sind in der Hamburger Zentralbibliothek zu sehen.

Zentralbibliothek der Bücherhallen Hamburg
Hühnerposten 1, 20097 Hamburg
13.-25. März von 11-19 Uhr (außer sonntags)
Eintritt frei

El Sistema
El Sistema © Andreas Knapp

Film Screenings

Seminars

French Organ Music in the Elbphilharmonie

An introduction to the music of Olivier Messiaen, Jean Louis Florentz and Gerald Levinson

Hamburg has a new pipe organ! In this course, seminar participants learn all about the new organ in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall, explore the mystical world of organ music of Olivier Messiaen and his students and delve into the French school’s unique sound and aesthetic.

19 Jan – 23 Feb 2017 / Thursdays 19:45–21:15
Medienbunker Feldstraße
Professor: Dr Eberhard Müller-Arp
Course language: German
Course fee: €95.00 incl. concert ticket
Concert visit on 21 February  2017

In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Elbphilharmonie Organ

Contact

Hamburger Konservatorium
phone: +49 40 870 877 0
veranstaltungen@hamburger-konservatorium.de

Pianomania

The étude was long considered a mere practice piece – until 1829, when Chopin composed his first concert études, combining pure technique and musicality. Around the same time, a real piano mania spread through Europe. Soon, almost every household owned a piano. This era and its works are the central focus of the Elbphilharmonie concert series »Pianomania« and its accompanying seminar. No prior knowledge is necessary!

23 Mar-29 Jun 2017 / Thu 18:00-19:30
Location: Bunker Feldstraße
Course tutor: Dr Eberhard Müller-Arp
Course language: German
Course fee: €210.00
incl. three concert visits

In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Seminar Pianomania

Contact

Hamburger Konservatorium
phone: +49 40 870 877 0
veranstaltungen@hamburger-konservatorium.de

Music from America

Three Elbphilharmonie festivals take on American music this season: New York Stories, Transatlantic and Maximal minimal. This illuminating seminar highlights the unusual music history of the »New World« in contrast to old Europe. Early on, it was reliant on exports like Dvořák und Stravinsky; later, jazz, pop, film and contemporary music predominated. A course for interested music lovers; prior knowledge is not a requirement.

21 Mar-27 Jun 2017 / Tue 18:00-19:30
Elbphilharmonie Kaistudios
Course tutor: Dr Eberhard Müller-Arp
Course language: German
Course fee: €220.00
incl. three concert visits

In cooperation with the Hamburger Konservatorium

Seminar America

Contact

Hamburger Konservatorium
phone: +49 40 870 877 0
veranstaltungen@hamburger-konservatorium.de