Approximate running time: 6h without intermission


The Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal open their doors for the second time to a day full of music and many other activities. The music program 2018 is dedicated to Anton Webern.

But who was Webern? A dry intellectual representative of the Second Viennese School and 12-tone composer to be feared? Or rather a highly emotional artist following the path of Viennese traditionalists, inspired by alpine scenery, bygone poets, and music of centuries past?
Many people would adhere to the first statement. In reality, this could not be further from the truth.

Come and join us at the Pierre Boulez Saal and immerse yourselves in this still enigmatic composer, whose entire oeuvre fits onto six CDs. Listen in on some of his key chamber music works. Discover who really were Webern’s main influences (a surprising collection). Read what Webern himself said about the emotional meaning in his music. Find out why Frank Zappa was crazy about him. Be wowed by a sound installation based on a twelve-tone row, considered by the composer Milton Babbitt to be “a paragon of symmetrical construction.”

Go on, take a risk, surprise yourself and maybe you’ll find a secret door into a new and beautiful musical world.


Pierre Boulez Saal: Anton Webern chamber music concerts, with Denis Kozhukhin and students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, duration approx. 20 minutes, start times throughout the day.

Starting times:
11.15 am, 12.15 pm, 1.15 pm, 2.15 pm, 3.15 pm, 4.15 pm

Thomas Guggeis Conductor
Denis Kozhukhin Piano
OleBækhøj, Mena Mark Hanna Moderation
Students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie

Room 121: Sound installation by Paul Brody: Webern Loops: Eine Andere Art von Liebe and Webern 12-Tone Row Through Berlin and Beyond
Duration: all day

Akademie Room 118: Lectures by Christian Mason “The Influence of Heinrich Isaac on Anton Webern”
(in English, no translation)
Start times:
11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm

Mozart Auditorium: Workshops with Dietmar Wiesner
The “Opus Anton Webern” workshops are meant for participation of the attendants, with the aim to bring Webern’s music closer in an uncomplicated and playful way. In the end, all participants will play small music pieces in the style of Webern.
Workshops for families, children aged 8 or above, young people and adults, maximum attendance 30 people
Duration: 60 minutes. In German, without English translation.
Instruments and a piano will be provided; participants may bring their own instruments.

Start times:
11:15 am, 12:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:45 pm

Workshop registration at and 030 4799 7411.

Room 105: Sound installation Intrinsic Loops #2 by Caroline Siegers.
Live construction of a soundtrack using the twelve-tone row from op. 24.
Duration: all day

Room 113: The Music Room  – A small selection of Webern's works spanning almost his entire active life as a composer is presented in projected displays.

First floor: Explore video clips and films in the lobby and in rooms 101, 103 and 119.

The Sound of Utopia – the exhibition about the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the founding of the Barenboim-Said Akademie and the Pierre Boulez Saal

Closer to Webern – Learn more about Webern – his life, his art, and his main influences.

Gastronomie: Oriental food by Casalot Catering

Open House
May 20, 2018, 11am – 5pm
General admission
No registration required (except for the workshops in the Mozart Auditorium)

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