SUBSCRIPTIONS 2017/2018

 

Experience the RSB regularly as a subscriber and enjoy many advantages!

› exclusive price advantage up to 50 percent
› regular seat in Philharmonie or Konzerthaus
› meet & greets with conductors and musicians
› and more

You can find detailed information about all subscription options and the merits of being a subscriber of the RSB on www.rsb-abo.de (in German).

INTERVIEW WITH RSB SUBSCRIBER DR. RALPH BOHMÜLLER

› Dr. Ralf Bohmüller spoke to the director of our visitor service, Ute Hänel, about his RSB subscription and its advantages.

HÄNEL: Dr. Bohmüller, you are one of our most faithful visitors. How did that come about?
BOHMÜLLER: The first concert with the RSB that I experienced was under Wolfgang Fortner in November 1965. In the following years I only made isolated visits, e.g. to concerts with Rolf Kleinert, Heinz Rögner and Wolfgang Sawallisch. Really, I only got involved in the city's cultural affairs some time after the Wende, the radical political changes in Germany. From 2004 to 2006 I was still feeling my way, but since 2006/2007 the RSB has been “my orchestra”. Between summer 2006 and summer 2016 I have attended more than 210 concerts, about 45 other events, mainly chamber music, and 12 concertante operas. The performances were always of a very high artistic standard, so that Fontane's claim that the Berliners don't go to a concert to amuse themselves but merely to “grumble” cannot possibly apply to the RSB. Essentially, we owe this to Marek Janowski, who has developed an outstanding orchestra.

H: In terms of programs, what have you particularly enjoyed so far?
B: Among so many experiences it is quite difficult to highlight only a few. As examples, though, I would like to mention the Beethoven cycle, the Bruckner and Henze symphonies, and the works by French composers. And the concertante operas have been in a class of their own, of course.

H: In this season the RSB is getting a new principal conductor. What are you expecting?
B: Vladimir Jurowski is taking over as principal conductor and so following a truly outstanding predecessor. I am convinced that he will be able to fill the role and continue the good work. I am looking forward to his programs and to new emphases, like the Mahler symphonies or works by Schönberg. I am very happy that the tradition of New Year's Eve concerts is being retained. I am quite sure that Maestro Jurowski will get the best support he needs for his work from our new orchestra director Adrian Jones.

H: Where would you position the RSB on Berlin's orchestral scene?
B: In comparison to the other Berlin orchestras, most of which I also listen to regularly as a subscriber, I see the RSB in the highest ranks. Above all, I take great pleasure in the musicians' precision and in the sound of the whole orchestra, of course, but in particular that of the string section.

H: What do you appreciate especially about your subscription at the RSB?
B: For me, the important thing about the subscription is that I have continuity and can plan well in advance. But the really decisive point is the savings on the ticket prices, as that enables me to attend so many events. The new additional information by email is very welcome, too. Possibilities to meet the musicians personally, rehearsal visits and such like are also good, but lack of time means that I can only make use of occasional such opportunities. That is mainly because I live outside of Berlin.

H: Do you have any suggestions how the visitor service could improve provisions for subscribers?
B: No, I would just like things to continue as they have done so far. I have received very personal service and advice for many years now, and I am completely satisfied. Without the good work of the visitor service and the orchestra's management, the “RSB experience” would be impossible in this form.

Ute Hänel

H: Dr. Bohmüller, what would be in your perfect concert program?
B: It's not so easy to answer that question. A “standard program” should include at least one modern work. One possible pattern would be romantic-modern-classic. In other programs musical threads could be highlighted or there might be programs by a single composer or from one country. The wealth of variation is inexhaustible. Listeners should be challenged but never overtaxed.

H: Since you have such strong ties to the RSB, can I assume that you are a member of our “Verein der Freunde und Förderer”?
B: I have been a member of the Circle of Friends since 2009. There is more detailed information about the circle elsewhere in this brochure. I would like to encourage everyone to become a supporter: it is such a worthwhile thing to support work with the young generation and other projects.

H: What do you wish the RSB in future?
B: I hope that the RSB continues to be adequately financed by the roc berlin, in other words, that it receives sufficient money to fulfil its high-quality assignments. But just as the roc's managing director Thomas Kipp has succeeded, in conjunction with all those involved, in appointing candidates to all the open principal conductor posts in a very short time, I am convinced he will succeed in this as well. I also wish for the orchestra's achievements to be recognized still more and for this to be shown in even bigger audiences and many new subscriptions. May the musicians and all the administrative staff enjoy their work!

H: Dr. Bohmüller, many thanks for talking to us.