Between Jollity and Hope
Alternative concert - subject to change
Ludwig van Beethoven Sinfonie Nr. 4 B-Dur op. 60
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 3 in C major op. 52
Jukka-Pekka Saraste - Conductor
This concert is an alternative concert. The originally planned programme can be found in the RSB Season Brochure 2020/2021 (german).
Jukka-Pekka Saraste - Conductor
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has established himself as one of the outstanding conductors of his generation, demonstrating remarkable musical depth and integrity. Born in Heinola, Finland, he began his career as a violinist before training as a conductor with Jorma Panula at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
Saraste has served as Chief Conductor of the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne since 2010. His previous positions include Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra (from 2006 to 2013), of which he is now Conductor Laureate, as well as the principal conductorships of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He also was Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He founded the Finnish Chamber Orchestra and the orchestra´s annual Tammisaari Festival, for which he is Artistic Director. Last but not least, he is a founding member of LEAD! The Orchestra Project, which aims to teach effective musical leadership and communication skills to aspiring young musicians within the context of orchestra playing, in workshops and masterclasses.
His guest engagements have led him to the major orchestras worldwide, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, Bavarian Radio Symphony, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, NHK Symphony Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris and the leading Scandinavian orchestras, among others. In North America he has conducted the Cleveland Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic as well as Orchestre symphonique de Montréal.
His extensive discography includes the complete symphonies of Sibelius and Nielsen with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. He has also made a number of critically acclaimed recordings for Toronto Symphony Orchestra. His recordings with the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne with works by Mahler, Schönberg, Stravinsky, Brahms, Bruckner and Cerha have received widespread acknowledgement.
Jukka-Pekka Saraste has received the Pro Finlandia Prize, the Sibelius Medal, and the Finnish State Prize for Music. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from York University, Toronto, and an honorary doctorate from the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki.
Sun 4 October 2020 - 4 pm Philharmonie Berlin
- from € 20
- Konzert ohne Einführung
Tickets for the December 2020 concerts are expected to be obtained from mid-November from the RSB visitor service in person, by phone, post, fax or by e-mail:
RSB Visitor Service
Charlottenstrasse 56 (2nd floor)
Telephone: 030 202 987 15
Fax: 030 202 987 29
E-mail: tickets@rsb-online. de
Information for the individual price categories can be found here.
The box office of the Philharmonie opens one hour before the concert begins.
An box office cannot be offered in the foyer of he Konzerthaus Berlin. The box office in the visitor service of he Konzerthaus Berlin is open one hour before the start of the concert for short-term ticket purchases and questions. You can only book double seats online for all events. Single seats are only available via the ticket hotline and the visitor service.
FFP2 masks without a valve will be mandatory throughout the building, including the entrance area and outside of the venue. This also applies during the concert.
General distance and hygiene measures
Please observe the general distance and hygiene measures: Keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people, cough and sneeze in the crook of your arm, use the disinfectant dispensers and stay at home if symptoms of illness occur.
Around the concert
Concert goers must carry a current identity card or an appropriate official document such as a passport (photographic proof of identification), a FFP2 mask (surgical masks and certificates are not allowed) and one of the following three documents with them:
- Your personalized negative SARS-CoV-2 antigen test result from the day of the event from a test centre certified by the State of Berlin or,
- if you have been fully vaccinated against the Corona virus for at least two weeks, your proof of vaccination, e.g. an entry in your vaccination card.
- If you have been infected with the virus in the last six months and your illness dates back at least 28 days, we will also accept an appropriate medical or official certificate.
It is possible to get tested at the Philharmonie Berlin after booking an appointment. You can book an appointment here: https://covidzentrum.de/en/corona-test-berlin/.
Route directions & parking location
It is easy to access the Philharmonie by public transport:
Buses M84, M85, N2 to Kulturforum or Varian-Fry-Str. or Potsdamer Platz + 4 minutes walk, 200 to Philharmonie
Underground U2 to Potsdamer Platz + 10 minutes walk
S-Bahn (city railway) S1, S2, S25, S26 and regional trains to Potsdamer Platz + 10 minutes walk
Current information: due to building works around the Philharmonie, traffic is being diverted in the area of Herbert-von-Karajan-Straße and Tiergartenstraße. For further information, please consult the website of the Philharmonie.
There are a limited number of charged parking spaces on the site of the Philharmonie:
per hour or part-hour 2.50 Euros
day maximum 20.00 Euros
lost ticket 20.00 Euros
evening rate 7 pm to 5 am 7.00 Euros
Sunday flat rate 6.00 Euros
Please also use parking possibilities in the Sony Center (entrances Ben-Gurion- and Bellevuestraße) as well as Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (entrance to underground parking on Reichpietschufer) and in the car park on Schöneberger Ufer. All these are public parking areas belonging to the City of Berlin, on behalf of which they are administrated by APCOA Autoparking GmbH.
Doors open one hour before the concert begins.
Admission is via various entrances.
To get to your seats, please follow the coloured paths on site:
Entrance Tiergartenstraße (Philharmonischer Garten) and Eastside:
- Path to Block A, B on the left – red
- Path to Block C, D on the left - yellow
- Path to block E, F, G, H and K on the right – orange
Entrance Herbert- von-Karajan-Straße and Potsdamer Straße:
- Path to block A, B on the right - green
- Path to block C, D on the right – blue
- Path to block E, F, G, H and K on the right - purple
Please note that late or re-admission is not possible.
Philharmonie: Barrier-free accessibility
If possible, disabled visitors and wheelchair users use the eastern entrance. The elevators may be occupied by a maximum of 2 guests as well as a front of house staff member to guide the elevator. There are currently only a few elevators available. If possible, use the stairs.
Philharmonie: In the concert hall
All tickets are bonded to seats.
Seats go on sale according to the checkerboard principle – one seat to the left and right of you will remain free.
Please notice, that your need to wear in the concert hall an FFP2 mask during the hole concert.
All concerts take place without a break and last about 60 to 90 minutes.
Cloakrooms are not available in any of the concert halls. You can take your jackets and bags up to A4 size with you into the concert halls.
At the moment, there will be no catering on offer in any of the concert halls.
Introduction / Pre-Concert Talks
Concert introductions cannot currently take place at the venue.
The programmes can be downloaded digitally on the concert webpages of the RSB about two days before the concert and are also available free of charge on the concert evening.