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Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 20:00
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra / Kent Nagano
Elbphilharmonie Opening Festival
The Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra adds to the opening celebrations by bringing its concert series that runs parallel to its normal opera house duties over to its new home. For its inaugural concert in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Hamburg’s General Music Director Kent Nagano has commissioned a full length oratorio for orchestra, chorus and vocal soloists. The composition is by Jörg Widmann, one of the most original composers in Germany at the moment. His oratorio has many illustrious role models from all periods of musical history and is specially written for this festive occasion.
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Chor der Hamburgischen Staatsoper
Marlis Petersen soprano
Thomas E. Bauer baritone
Gabriel Böer vocals
Antonius Hentschel Kindererzähler
Jonna Plate Kindererzähler
Iveta Apkalna organ
conductor Kent Nagano
ARCHE / Oratorium für Soli, Chöre, Orgel und Orchester (Uraufführung)
Estimated end time: 21:45
Philharmonisches Staatsorchester Hamburg
Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00
Learn more about the history and background of the evening’s music programme at the pre-concert talk (in German).
Enjoy the View
Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.More about the Plaza
A Diverse Cuisine
Food & Drink
A total of six bars in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers offer concertgoers a varied cuisine before the start of events and in the intervals. Restaurants, cafés, delis and further bars await visitors in the »Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie« and in »The Westin Hamburg« Hotel.More about Food & Drink
Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.
Finding Your Seat
All visitors enter the building via the main entrance. Admission takes place in the entrance foyer and is by concert ticket only. The »Tube«, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator, leads visitors up to the Plaza following admission.
From the Plaza, access to the concert foyers is via stairs and lifts. The main cloakroom is situated on the 11th floor and the hall entrances are on floors 12, 13, 15 and 16. Please follow signs to the area in which your designated seat is located, as indicated on your ticket.
Are you curious to find out what kind of view of the stage different seats have? To help select your favourite seat, use your mouse to activate the representative seat views.
The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.
Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.
Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): Elbphilharmonie pier (approx. 80 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.
Multistorey carpark »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Überseequartier underground carpark: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
»Elbphilharmonie« multistorey carpark (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
Parking charge per hour: €4.00
Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests and the charge is €5.00 per hour.
All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.
The Elbphilharmonie is a special building situated in a special place. Allow for plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie and the way to the concert area. We suggest arriving at the main entrance 45 minutes before the start of the concert or event.
Concert tickets for the Grand and Recital Halls authorise a visit to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the concert or event. Visitors to the Kaistudios require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.
The Grand Hall foyer opens its doors 90 minutes before the start of concerts; the Recital Hall foyer opens 60 minutes before the start of concerts. The bars in each foyer open at the simultaneously.
Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event.
Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie. Please note that if you leave the building to smoke, you do not reserve the right to reenter the premises to reach the Plaza or concert halls.