• Nicolas Reymond

Pilot project: concert with an audience

Berliner Philharmoniker

A thrilling moment: for the first time since the lockdown, the Berliner Philharmoniker and their chief conductor Kirill Petrenko gave a concert on 20 March 2020 in front of an audience of 1,000 who were moved, gripped and delighted by the performance of Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture and Rachmaninoff’s Second Symphony. In its concert review, the Berliner Zeitung praised the “incredibly beautiful sound of the Berliner Philharmoniker, noble and expressive at the same time”. At the end there was a standing ovation – a sign of how much the audience enjoyed this special concert.

Relive on Arte and in the Digital Concert Hall

For all those who were not able to be there or who want to relive the event, you can watch a recording of the concert on Easter Sunday, 4 April, at 17:00 on Arteand at 19:00 in the Digital Concert Hall.

The event was part of a pilot project initiated by the Berlin Senate in which other Berlin cultural institutions are also participating. The aim was to test the practicability of events in conjunction with SARS-CoV-2 antigen tests and, looking ahead, to find a way to hold cultural events in front of an audience.

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