Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Unveils 2017-18 Season

Today in the Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg's new concert venue and landmark, the program for the upcoming 2017-18 season was revealed.

Following the opening concerts on January 11 and 12, 2017, which captured global attention, and the subsequent series of critically acclaimed concerts and festivals, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is now set to launch its first full season. By summer 2017, more than 480,000 people will have seen a performance at the Elbphilharmonie, for which every concert has been sold out, and some two million visitors will have visited the Plaza, the 37-meter-high viewing platform open to the general public. From "Elbphilharmonie Sommer" ("Elbphilharmonie Summer") this August, through to the Hamburg International Music Festival in spring 2018, the program includes 600 diverse concerts that showcase classical music, jazz, electronic music, world music, avant-garde and pop. Ticket presales begin on June 12, 2017.

The forthcoming season will feature twenty international orchestras, including two from the US (The Cleveland Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra), three from London, and leading ensembles from St Petersburg, Perm, Montreal, Amsterdam, Rome, Birmingham, Zurich, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) from Munich will perform on three evenings. Several festivals will explore a range of topics, such as music from the Caucasus and Schubert's "Winterreise" ("Winter Journey"). Bohemian and Czech chamber music will be accompanied by enthralling portraits of musicians such as the composer and conductor Peter Eötvös, the pianists Daniil Trifonov and Murrary Perahia, the baritone Matthias Goerne, and the artists Bryce Dessner and Yaron Herman, who oscillate between independent, jazz and notated music. One highlight of the season is the 3rd Hamburg International Music Festival (April 27 -May 29, 2017). The festival's theme this year is "utopia".

The majority the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle's programs will be presented by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz (the two orchestras in residence at the Elbphilharmonie), the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra (the orchestras in residence at the Laeiszhalle), Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette (artists' agency), and Hamburgische Vereinigung von Freunden der Kammermusik (Hamburg Friends of Chamber Music). A third of the season will be programed by Hamburg Musik, the company launched in 2009 by the Hamburg Senate to manage the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle and led by Christoph Lieben-Seutter, the General and Artistic Director.

"The 2017-18 concert season in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle will be much more extensive than originally planned. Huge visitor interest from Hamburg and around the world enables us to present a tightly packed, varied and exciting program that can very much hold its own with the magnificent opening months," said Christoph Lieben-Seutter.

Over the past few months, there has been a great deal of interest in the Elbphilharmonie and tickets have been selling out for most concerts. In response to the demand, some 850,000 tickets will be issued for the new season at the Elbphilharmonie. Over the course of the season, more concerts will be made available for purchase. Tickets will go on sale for the 2017-18 season at 6 pm (Hamburg time) on June 12, 2017 through the Elbphilharmonie online shop. To give as many people as possible a chance to obtain tickets, there will be a limit of four tickets per concert and no more than ten per order. Furthermore, special presale conditions will apply initially to five selected concerts: ticket requests for these concerts can be submitted by July 1, 2017 at www.elbphilharmonie.de or in person/by post to the presale locations of the Elbphilharmonie. If demand exceeds the number of seats available, the tickets will be allocated at random from all orders submitted. The time at which the order is placed is not relevant. The ticket buyers will be informed and will then have ten days to complete the purchase process. A maximum of four tickets can be ordered per concert.

More information and details of the program for the 2017/18 season can be found online at www.elbphilharmonie.com.

Further information on the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, visit www.elbphilharmonie.de/en, or follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/elbphilharmonie.hamburg, Twitter: www.twitter.com/elbphilharmonie and Instagram: www.instagram.com/elbphilharmonie #elbphilharmonie.

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