ATTENTION: Due to recent events cancelled
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, op. 82
Karina Canellakis - Conductor
This concert is an alternative concert. The originally planned programme can be found in the RSB Season Brochure 2020/2021 (german).
Karina Canellakis - Conductor
Born in New York, Karina Canellakis took up the role of Principal Guest Conductor of the RSB at the beginning of the 2019/2020 season, also assuming a long-term collaboration with the orchestra alongside Vladimir Jurowski. Karina and the orchestra first performed together in September 2017 at the Mecklenberg-Vorpommern Festival and quickly built a strong rapport. Her successful first season astonished audiences, notably with the critically acclaimed performances of Beethoven’s ninth symphony at the RSB’s popular New Years’ Concerts.
As the Principal Guest Conductor, Karina Canellakis will establish her own thematic narrative throughout each season. She will conduct two concerts of the RSB in the 2020/2021 season. On 29 November 2020, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 will precede Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5. Brahms fancied Hungarian sounds in music his whole life. That’s why he would probably welcome Frank Peter Zimmermann, who will interpret the Rhapsody No. 1 by Béla Bartók, with open arms. On 24 April 2021 the violinist will take the audiences on a journey from this unprecedented firework of Csárdás back to the Czech Republic, playing the breathtaking Suite Concertante by Bohuslav Martinů. Karina Canellakis will open the concert with the passionate tone poem „Jealosy“ by Leoš Janáček.
Karina Canellakis, who has Greek and Russian ancestry and speaks English as well as German, French, and Italian, began her musical career as a violinist. In the course of her education, she became a member of the orchestra academy of the Berliner Philharmoniker, where she was encouraged by Sir Simon Rattle to devote herself more to conducting. She followed this advice with great enthusiasm and won the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016. With emotionally charged performances, technical brilliance, and interpretative depth, she quickly made a name for herself at orchestras and at opera houses in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
In addition to her involvement with the RSB, Karina Canellakis took up her first position as Chief Conductor at the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest of the Netherlands in autumn 2019, with whom she will launch a cycle of Janáček operas in January 2021, starting with „Jenůfa“.
In the 2020/2021 season, the charismatic conductor will realise some remarkable projects, such as her début with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Deutsche Oper Berlin (Mozart’s „Le nozze de Figaro“). Again, she will be on the rostrum of the London und Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre de Paris, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Seattle and Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Wiener Symphoniker.
Sun 29 November 2020 - 4 pm Philharmonie Berlin
- from € 20
- Einführung von Steffen Georgi: 15.10 Uhr, Hermann-Wolff-Saal (kostenfrei, begrenzte Platzanzahl)
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
All concerts take place without a break and last about 60 to 90 minutes.
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.