Photo: Mathias Bothor


Mouvement and Torpor

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In the 2020/21 season, the Schinkel building on Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt will celebrate its 200th anniversary. In spring 1945 it was largely destroyed during the hostilities. After reopening as a playhouse in October 1984, it was considered a cultural showpiece of the GDR. During the festivities, the Konzerthaus will commemorate the artistic highlights of its past, including its history through time in a changing political landscape. Since reopening in 1984, this history has included a divided Germany, something that was also reflected in the contemporary music performed and received there.

A three-part concert series conducted by Vladimir Jurowski and Peter Hirsch will be held at the Konzerthaus to mark the anniversary. The programs bring together names from East and West, who in the years between the Schauspielhaus reopening and German reunification already appeared together in concerts at the two East German contemporary music festivals. With an eye also on the future, three world premieres will be integrated into the programs based on the themes performed. All concerts will be accompanied by discussions on the state of contemporary music production in Berlin and Germany. The Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation will be funding the premieres of the commissioned works.

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