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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Silent Film with Live Music: The Mesmerists
John Scofield once said that his colleague Bill Frisell »transcended the guitar«. What Scofield was referring to was the stylistic range of the American guitarist. Born in Baltimore in 1951 and bred in Denver, Frisell started to play with a lyrical, »singing« sound that later became more vigorous. Frisell conjures up two-dimensional tones and harmonies with echo and sampling effects out of thin air, but he can also really make the guitar howl, as he did during his cooperation with John Zorn in the New York downtown scene. He is a truly eclectic artist who plays bluegrass, country and Brazilian music in addition to jazz. For more than 20 years now, Bill Frisell has also been writing film soundtracks – e.g. for »The Million Dollar Hotel« by Wim Wenders and for Gus Van Sant’s »Finding Forrester«. Tonight he is joined in the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall by bass player Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen: together, they create soundtracks live for Bill Morrison’s film collages and for the brilliant silent films of comedian Buster Keaton.
Bill Frisell guitar
Tony Scherr bass guitar
Kenny Wollesen drums
The Mesmerists / A collaboration between Bill Frisell, his trio, and film maker Bill Morrison.
Musik zu Filmen von Buster Keaton und Bill Morrison
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Enjoy the View
Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza two hours before the start of the concert or event; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.More about the Plaza
A Diverse Cuisine
Food & Drink
A total of six bars in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers offer concertgoers a varied cuisine before the start of events and in the intervals. Restaurants, cafés, delis and further bars await visitors in the »Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie« and in »The Westin Hamburg« Hotel.More about Food & Drink
Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.
Finding Your Seat
All visitors enter the building via the main entrance. Admission takes place in the entrance foyer and is by concert ticket only. The »Tube«, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator, leads visitors up to the Plaza following admission.
From the Plaza, access to the concert foyers is via stairs and lifts. The main cloakroom is situated on the 11th floor and the hall entrances are on floors 12, 13, 15 and 16. Please follow signs to the area in which your designated seat is located, as indicated on your ticket.
Are you curious to find out what kind of view of the stage different seats have? To help select your favourite seat, use your mouse to activate the representative seat views.
Coughing, Clapping, Chatting – Recommendations for Sensitive Acoustics
A concert at the Elbphilharmonie is a unique experience for both audience and artists. Guests and musicians alike rave about the precise acoustics in the Grand Hall. You can hear every note, even from the highest balcony.
Unfortunately, the opposite is also true: even presumably quiet noises from the audience are clearly audible in the entire hall. We therefore ask our visitors to take the following recommendations into consideration, because »Everything Can Be Heard Here«.
The main cloakroom of the Grand Hall is situated on the 11th floor, at the south and north side of the Elbphilharmonie.
Baby carriages, wheeled walkers, walking-stick umbrellas, handbags larger than DIN A3 (42 cm x 30 cm) as well as sport bags, backpacks and suitcases must be checked in at the cloakroom. If required, wheeled walkers can be parked in the immediate vicinity of the hall entrances. Our front of house staff is happy to assist you in this regard.
Cloakroom fee: €1.50
The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.
Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.
Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): »Elbphilharmonie« pier
There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.
Multistorey car park in the Elbphilharmonie (open 24/7, 435 parking spaces):
Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests.
The car park operator APCOA offers a flat rate of €10.00 for four hours of parking. Every further hour or part thereof costs €5.00 as per the regular parking charge. The flat rate is only valid online and must be booked at least two hours in advance. Book the flat rate online at www.apcoa.de.
APCOA answers frequently asked questions about advance booking here.
Multistorey car park »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Überseequartier underground car park: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.
The Elbphilharmonie is a special building situated in a special place. Allow for plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie and the way to the concert area. We suggest first-time Elbphilharmonie visitors arrive at the main entrance 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event. Late seating is not guaranteed and latecomers may not be admitted to the concert hall.
Concert tickets for the Grand and Recital Halls authorise a visit to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the concert or event. Visitors to the Kaistudios require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.
The foyers of the Grand and Recital Halls open their doors 90 minutes before the start of the concert or event. The bars in each foyer open simultaneously.
Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event; for events offering pre-concert talks, admission into the halls begins 60 minutes before the start of the concert.
Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie.
Photography and Video Recordings
Photography is permitted at the Elbphilharmonie for private purposes only. Please respect the privacy of other visitors and help ensure an undisturbed concert experience for all guests and artists. Employees and artists may not be photographed.
Photography, audio or video recordings of concerts and events are strictly prohibited.
Event-related video recordings or photographs for editorial or commercial purposes must be authorised by the Press Office of the Elbphilharmonie.