Petrenko debuts as chief conductor at Berlin Philharmonic

Petrenko debuts as chief conductor at Berlin Philharmonic

With Ludwig van Beethoven's ninth symphony, Kirill Petrenko starts as Chief Conductor of the Berliner Philharmoniker today, Friday, 23 August 2019.

Kirill Petrenko dirigiert

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Kirill Petrenko

The concert will also be broadcast from the Philharmonie to about 145 cinemas in Europe. The programme also includes Alban Berg's symphonic pieces from his opera "Lulu". On Saturday, the orchestra will perform Beethoven's Symphony with the final choir on Friedrich Schiller's "Ode to Joy" in front of the Brandenburg Gate as part of the celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The soloists are Marlis Petersen (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Bruns (tenor) and Kwangchul Youn (bass). The Rundfunkchor Berlin is also part of the cast. Four years ago, the Philharmonic elected Petrenko to succeed Simon Rattle as its new principal conductor. He will also remain General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich until 2020.
In his first season, the Russian conductor will tour Germany with the Philharmonic Orchestra and give a concert in Tel Aviv on the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Petrenko is the seventh chief conductor of the orchestra, which was founded in 1882.
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