In 2002 Sir Simon Rattle had taken over the baton of the Berliner Philharmoniker and in November 2003 they set off on their first American tour together. Sir Simon took the orchestra away from their signature German-Romantic repertoire, and rather focused on a combination of classical, modern and contemporary works. Alongside Joseph Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 86 and 88, Claude Debussy’s La Mer and Franz Schubert’s “Great” C Major Symphony, programmes also included György Ligeti’s Violin Concerto, Heiner Goebbels’ Aus einem Tagebuch and Henri Dutilleux’ Correspondances, the latter two works were commissioned by the Berliner Philharmoniker and received their first American performances. So much music of the avant-garde was something completely unaccustomed from the German orchestra. But Rattle’s energetic, captivating conducting style was highly acclaimed. Since then, the American tours have included some of the great highlights of Simon’s relationship with the orchestra, such as the 2007 Residency in New York’s Carnegie Hall when the orchestra was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, or the Schumann and Beethoven cycles in 2014 and 2015, to name just a few.
This year, from 9 to 23 November, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle are once again on tour in North America, performing in New York, Boston, Ann Arbor, Toronto, Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and San Francisco. This time, they will perform two concert programmes: the first includes Pierre Boulez’ Éclat and Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony, while the second includes orchestral pieces by Arnold Schoenberg, Anton Webern and Alban Berg and Johannes Brahms’ Second Symphony – two programmes which reflect the modern times that dawned for the orchestra with Simon Rattle. At the same time, this tour also marks the end of an era: it is the last time that Rattle will accompany the orchestra to the USA and Canada as their chief conductor.
Wednesday 9 Nov 2016 8.00pm – New York, Carnegie Hall
Thursday 10 Nov 2016 8.00pm – New York, Carnegie Hall
Friday 11 Nov 2016 8.00pm – Boston, Symphony Hall
Saturday 12 Nov 2016 8.00pm – Ann Arbor, Hill Auditorium
Sunday 13 Nov 2016 4.00pm – Ann Arbor, Hill Auditorium
Tuesday 15 Nov 2016 8.00pm – Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall
Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 8.00pm – Toronto, Roy Thomson Hall
Saturday 19 Nov 2016 8.00pm – Los Angeles, Walt Disney Concert Hall
Sunday 20 Nov 2016 3.00pm – Costa Mesa, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall
Tuesday 22 Nov 2016 8.00pm – San Francisco, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Wednesday 23 Nov 2016 8.00pm – San Francisco, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
Find out more about the Berliner Philharmoniker’s North American touring history here
Follow the 2016 North American tour on the Berliner Philharmoniker’s tour blog