In the Grand Hall of Hamburg’s new concert venue and landmark, the programme for the upcoming 2017/18 season was revealed today. Following the opening concerts on 11 and 12 January 2017 which captured global attention, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg is now setting its sights on its first regular season. By summer 2017, more than 480,000 people will have experienced a concert live at the Elbphilharmonie, which has thus far always been completely sold out. Some two million visitors will have enjoyed the Plaza, the 37-metre-high viewing platform open to the general public. From 'Elbphilharmonie Sommer' ('Elbphilharmonie Summer') in August 2017 to the Hamburg International Music Festival in spring 2018, the programme weaves a web of some 600 concerts that showcase classical music, jazz, electronic music, world music, avant-garde and pop. Ticket presales start on 12 June 2017.
In the forthcoming season, the Elbphilharmonie offers visitors from around the world a kaleidoscope of sounds. The Elbphilharmonie will be the host to 20 leading orchestras from around the world, including two from the US (Cleveland and Philadelphia), three from London, as well as leading ensembles from St Petersburg, Perm, Montreal, Amsterdam, Rome, Birmingham, Zurich, Berlin, Leipzig and Munich. The Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra) will perform over three consecutive evenings. Several themed festivals exploring topics such as music from the Caucasus, Schubert’s 'Winterreise' and Bohemian/Czech chamber music will be accompanied by musician portraits such as the composer and conductor Peter Eötvös, the pianists Daniil Trifonov and Murrary Perahia, the baritone Matthias Goerne and the artists Bryce Dessner and Yaron Herman. The season culminates in the 3rd Hamburg International Music Festival (27 April to 29 May), under the motto of 'Utopia'.
The programme at the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle is largely presented by a team comprising Hamburg’s key classical music organisations – the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and Ensemble Resonanz (the two orchestras in residence at the Elbphilharmonie), the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg and the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra (the orchestras in residence at the Laeiszhalle), Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette (artist agency) and Hamburgische Vereinigung von Freunden der Kammermusik (Hamburg Friends of Chamber Music). Around a third of the programme is produced courtesy of HamburgMusik, the company launched in 2009 by the Hamburg Senate to manage the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle. Christoph Lieben-Seutter has been the General and Artistic Director from the outset.
Christoph Lieben-Seutter said, 'The 2017/18 concert season in the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle will be much more extensive than originally planned. Huge visitor interest from Hamburg and around the world enables us to present a tightly packed, varied and exciting programme that can very much hold its own with the magnificent opening months.'
Over the past few months, there has been a veritable run on Elbphilharmonie tickets. In total, some 850,000 tickets will be issued for the new season at the Elbphilharmonie. During the course of the season, more concerts will be added, causing the number of tickets available to increase further. Sales for concerts in the 2017/18 season will begin at 6 p.m. on 12 June via the Elbphilharmonie online shop. In order to give as many people as possible a chance to obtain tickets, a limit of four tickets per concert and no more than ten per order will apply. Furthermore, special pre-sale conditions will apply initially to five selected concerts: ticket requests for these concerts can be submitted by 1 July 2017 at www.elbphilharmonie.de or in person/by post to the pre-sale locations of the Elbphilharmonie. If demand exceeds the number of seats available, the tickets will be allocated at random from all orders submitted. The time at which the order is placed is not relevant. The ticket buyers will be informed and will then have ten days to complete the purchase process. A maximum of four tickets can be ordered per concert.