Berlin Philharmoniker & Sir Simon Rattle to Perform Six-US City Concert Tour in November

Concerts in New York, Boston, Chicago, Ann Arbor, San Francisco and Los Angeles with works by Brahms, Schoenberg and Wagner

Complete Brahms Symphonies Released by EMI Classics October 6

The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle will perform 10 concerts in six North American cities in November, beginning with three concerts at Carnegie Hall November 11, 12 and 13. The Orchestra will then perform in Boston (Nov. 15), Chicago (Nov. 16), Ann Arbor (Nov. 17), San Francisco (Nov. 20 & 21) with the tour concluding in Los Angeles (Nov. 23 & 24).

The orchestra’s tour programs encompass the complete Brahms symphonies with all four performed during the three Carnegie Hall concerts. The concert programs also include Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 1, Op. 9b, Erwartung and Accompaniment to a Cinematographic Scene, Op. 34 as well as his orchestral arrangement of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in G Minor, Op. 25. Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger will also be performed.

The U.S tour follows the release on October 6 by EMI Classics of the complete Brahms symphonies performed by Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker recorded at the Berlin Philharmonie in October and November 2008.

Three of the works featured in the tour programs will be webcast live through the Berliner Philharmoniker’s groundbreaking Digital Concert Hall ( prior to the tour. Brahms’s Symphony No. 2 is part of a concert on Saturday, October 31 and Schoenberg’s orchestral arrangement of Brahms’s Piano Quartet No. 1 and Erwartung are part of a concert on Saturday, November 7.

The second Digital Concert Hall season opened on Friday, August 28 with Sir Simon Rattle leading the orchestra in Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Kaija Saariaho’s Laterna Majica and Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. Over the season, 33 concerts will be webcast live from the Berlin Philharmonie and also archived. All tickets for the Digital Concert Hall, including full season and 30-day subscriptions which also provide access to archived concerts, are available online at


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