[...] WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA - Pierre Boulez Saal

Important information

On the day of the event (Saturday, August 17) tickets are available online, on the phone, and at all Berlin ticket outlets until 10am only. The box office at the Waldbühne opens at 4pm.

Artists

Daniel Barenboim

Conductor

Michael Barenboim

Violin

West-Eastern Divan Orchestra

Program

Ludwig van Beethoven

Ouverture to «Egmont» Op. 84

Ludwig van Beethoven

Concert for Violin and Orchestra in D major Op. 61

Ludwig van Beethoven

Symphonie No. 7 in A major Op. 92

Approximate running time: 2h 15m with one intermission

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra returns to Berlin’s Waldbühne on August 17, 2019, conducted by Daniel Barenboim. This unique ensemble, founded in 1999 by Maestro Barenboim and Edward W. Said, brings together young musicians from Israel, Palestine, and other countries of the Middle East. Over the course of two decades, it has not only become an internationally celebrated orchestra but an important symbol for the peaceful co-existence of different cultures.

The work of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra inspired the formation of the Barenboim-Said Akademie in 2015 and of the Pierre Boulez Saal, which opened two years later. The three institutions have since been united in their mission to let music be a messenger of humanism and transcultural understanding.

 But the 2019 Waldbühne Concert also marks another anniversary—serving as a prelude to the Beethoven Year 2020, in which the music world will celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday. The program, performed in a breathtaking outdoor setting, is entirely dedicated to the music of Beethoven: with the composer’s Violin Concerto, featuring Michael Barenboim as the soloist, and his Seventh Symphony.

Partners

Your Visit

We want your visit to the Waldbühne to be an unforgettable concert experience. Please take special care to note the following safety regulations.

Doors at the Waldbühne open at 5 pm. The concert starts at 7 pm sharp and ends around 9:15 pm.

Last-minute Tickets

Tickets are available up until just before the concert.

  • Online at boulezsaal.de (through August 17, 10 am as print-at-home or mobile ticket)
  • By phone at 030 4799 7477 until August 17, 10 am
  • At Eventim booking offices in Berlin, Potsdam, and all other locations until August 17, 10 am
  • At the Waldbühne box office, starting at 4 pm – cash only


Ticket prices: € 60 / 50 / 40/ 30 / 20

Children and young visitors up to the age of 19 receive a 50% discount on the ticket price. Pierre Boulez Saal Youth Tickets are not available for this concert.

Details on CTS-Eventim booking fees can be found here.

Admission

In order to pass the security gates at the entrance, please note:

  • No bags, backpacks, etc. larger than an A4 sheet (20 x 30cm)
  • No bulky items such as picnic baskets, umbrellas, baby carriages, Maxi-Cosi, helmets, walking aids, scooters, etc.
  • No large electronic devices including tablets, notebooks, cameras, etc.
  • No food
  • No drinks except one 0.5l non-alcoholic drink per person, in a PET bottle or Tetra Pak.

We recommend you bring only your wallet, cell phone, keys, and a light jacket.

Luggage storage available at Horst-Korber-Sportzentrum (Glockenturmstraße / Passenheimer Straße, approx. 500 m from the main entrance). Fee is € 3 per piece. Warning: waiting times may occur.

We recommend not bringing children under the age of 6 to the concert. Please also note that the volume level, even with classical music, can be considerable. There are no ear plugs available at the venue.

Getting there

Please make sure to schedule enough time for getting to the venue. We strongly recommend traveling by BVG public transport.

S-Bahn: lines S75, S3, and S5 to S-Bahn Pichelsberg (500 m from Waldbühne entrance)

U-Bahn: line U2 to Olympiastadion (500 m from Waldbühne entrance)

By car: please note that the area around the Waldbühne is a no-parking zone.

Barrier-Fee Access

If you wish to attend the concert with a wheelchair and a companion, please call the ticket hotline at 01806 570070 (Monday to Sunday 8am – 8pm, € 0.20 per call from landline, € 0.60 max. per call from mobile network).

Parking spaces for visitors with a disability of 70% or more are available in parking lot P08, approximately 100 m from the entrance (approach via Passenheimer Straße).

The entrance for wheelchairs is located directly to the right of the main entrance. Please look out for signs, our staff will direct you there. You will not have to queue at the main entrance. Your accompanying person will also have access.

There are 12 wheelchair spaces in a separated area, located above block K in the upper tier. From there you have a good view of the stage. Restrooms as well as the entrances and exits are located in the immediate vicinity. For your companion, a bench or additional chair will be provided.


Interview with Michael Barenboim

The violinist and pedagogue discusses his experience in the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Beethoven's violin concerto, and the great upcoming concert at the Waldbühne in Berlin.
  • 00:00:00 - The 20th Anniversary of the Divan
  • 00:01:08 – Beethoven’s Violin Concerto
  • 00:03:20 - Beethoven’s 250th Anniversary & Influence
  • 00:03:59 – The Concert at the Waldbühne