Event Cancelled

Due to the current situation, all events at the Pierre Boulez Saal  through April 19, 2020 have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely. Any tickets already purchased may be returned.

Details on how to return tickets can be found here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to the hall soon.


Michael Wendeberg


Jean Kalman

Lighting Design

Gilbert Nouno

Sound Design & Light Design

Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie


Richard Wagner

Siegfried Idyll

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

String Quartet in E minor Op. 44/2

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Hymnen (Region II) for Electronics and Musique concrète

Approximate running time: 1h 45m with one intermission

Building on Alex Ross’s lecture on Wagner, students and faculty of the Barenboim-Said Akademie explore nationalism in Germany in performed and electronic music of the 19th and 20th centuries. Wagner, in Siegfried Idyll, writes a piece for his wife Cosima steeped in the complexity of national mythology. Mendelssohn, a target of Wagner’s antisemitism in the essay Das Judentum in der Musik, leaps out of Beethoven’s shadow and writes his fourth string quartet dedicated to the Crown Prince of Sweden. Stockhausen uses the national anthems of Germany and Russia to create part of his masterpiece of electronic music and musique concrète, Hymnen (Region II).

In addition to lectures and music, the exhibition Dry, featuring works by photographer Abdo Shanan, will be on view during the Edward W. Said Days 2020 in the lobby of the Barenboim-Said Akademie.