Our classical concerts in Berlin 2023 & 2024
Berlin is no less than a centre of classical music – and that's also due to the four top ROC ensembles. You can experience classical concerts by the ensembles at a wide variety of venues with distinctive charm and unique atmosphere. They'll provide you with evenings of exquisite musical pleasure!
Our concert highlights
Radio concert with Johannes KalitzkeRundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin Kalitzke
At this concert, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin conducted by Johannes Kalitzke will present the work "Chasse Royale", which was also composed by Kalitzke – a good opportunity to see the composer himself at work! In addition, together with pianist Jonathan Powell they will perform Hans Winterberg's 1st Piano Concerto, concluding with Hrabovsky's Symphonic Frescoes, which he composed based on paintings by Boris Prorokov.
Pekka KuusistoDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin Haydn, Clyne, Shaw, Beethoven
Before completely succumbing to the Christmas spirit, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin is inviting you once again to a bombastic and stirring evening in the Philharmonie: before Anny Clyne's "Sound and Fury", the DSO, conducted by Pekka Kuusisto, will play Haydn's Symphony No. 60, which, together with Shakespeare's "Macbeth", was the inspiration for Clyne's work. After an "Entr'acte" by Caroline Shaw, the concert ends with Beethoven's grand and immortal 7th Symphony.
Anka Zink and The Glorious Five
Before the reflective quiet Christmas time, big laughs once again? The cabaret concert "Die Kunst der UnFuge" offers one last opportunity for laughter: together with DSO ensembles and The Glorious Five ensemble, cabarettist Anka Zink will perform a balancing act between musical nonsense, political cabaret and profundity at the Schlosspark Theater.
Chamber concert Studio 14Janáček, Hindemith
Christmas needn't be just "Joy to the World" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful". That will be demonstrated by musicians of the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin in a remarkably dulcet way with Leoš Janáček's String Quartet No. 1, inspired by Tolstoy's novella "The Kreutzer Sonata", which in turn revolves around Beethoven's Violin Sonata. Then you will hear Paul Hindemith's quintet for clarinet, two violins, viola and cello, rounding off the musical evening beautifully.
Das Berliner WeihnachtskonzertRundfunkchor Berlin Tallis, Respighi, Bruckner, Schönberg
There are only few opportunities to introduce Christmas, the celebration of love, in such a glorious, reflective, magnificent way as with the Rundfunkchor Berlin in the Berlin Cathedral! Every year, the Rundfunkchor presents their wonderful voices at their traditional Christmas concert in the cathedral. This year, the Norwegian conductor Grete Pedersen will head up the choir, lending the evening a Scandinavian flair.
Our ensembles in action
The ROC ensembles give their all to play the music as vividly and make it as palpable for you as possible.
Our concert locations
Major events at an impressive location
Music under a starry sky
A monument to Karl Friedrich Schinkel's architecture
One of Berlin's most important concert halls
Ballroom for theatre and music
Haus des Rundfunks
The best address in Berlin for radio and concerts
Asymmetrical red-brick Gothic church
Formerly Europe's largest cold storage warehouse
Theater im Delphi (former movie theatre Delphi)
Formerly a large cinema with flair
First heating and power station, then techno club, now unique event venue
A site of high culture on the Museum Island
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Classical concerts of our ROC ensembles in Berlin
The four top ROC ensembles take classical music to a level that make the concerts you attend become unforgettable moments full of pleasure and musical passion. The classical concerts in Berlin take place at locations suiting the occasions – venues such as the Berliner Philharmonie, the Konzerthaus am Gendarmenmarkt and the Haus des Rundfunks offer a superb atmosphere in which music can unfold wonderfully.
In addition, many concerts also take place at venues in Berlin that provide classical music with a completely different background: for example, the ensembles invite you to chamber concerts at the Kühlhaus Berlin, the Heimathafen Neukölln or the Studio 14, where you can completely indulge in the music and the partly industrial, partly simply Berlin charm of the locations in a casual environment.
Concert locations of the ROC ensembles
Old masters, new pioneers
Besides works by old masters such as Mozart, Mahler and Bruckner, the ensembles also commit to new compositions full of adventures in sound and artistic risk-taking enabling them, together with you, to venture into new musical spheres.
The ROC – two top class orchestras and two extraordinary choirs
After the fall of the Berlin Wall, many museums from East and West were merged and given a West direction. The ROC is the result of the decision to do things differently. That's why we have the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin - that's why we have the Rundfunkchor Berlin and the RIAS Kammerchor Berlin. We took this step to preserve the East German cultural landscape. But we took this step above all because the reputation and musical quality of each of these ensembles still speak for themselves today. Each ensemble has its own spirit, its own color, its own way of experiencing classical music in its concerts.
Art and culture live through diversity. We have been able to preserve and promote this diversity in music with our four ensembles. And you can experience this diversity live in over 200 classical concerts they give for you each year!
Classical music events in Berlin 2023
Through the complexity of our umbrella organization, the ROC, as well as the nature and uniqueness of each and every one of our great ensembles, we play a significant role in shaping the landscape of classical music in Berlin - every season we try our hand at immortal compositions and make pioneers of classical music heard in our classical concerts. Every season, we promote our youth anew and do our part to ensure that classical concerts and classical music remain a vibrant part of our cultural landscape.