Save the Date!

A Preview of Coming Season Highlights

© Monika Rittershaus

The Pierre Boulez Saal’s 2021–22 program will be published in quarterly instalments—but we are already looking ahead to a few upcoming highlights later in the season. For some events, you may enter a waiting list now, which will give you 48-hour priority access to purchasing tickets later.

Schubert Week

January 24 - 30, 2022

In more than 600 songs, Franz Schubert explored virtually all shades of human emotion. His inexhaustible urge to experiment and the unique gift to capture “feelings in limited yet precisely defined contours,” as Franz Liszt said of his colleague, made the word “Lied” an untranslatable expression. As in previous years, an entire week in January—curated by baritone Thomas Hampson—is dedicated to the cosmos of Schubert (and selected works by his contemporaries), bringing together renowned as well as young artists in a series of concerts and workshops at the Pierre Boulez Saal.

Arabic Music Days

March 1 - 5, 2022

The 2021–22 Arabic Music Days once again bring together music, visual arts, poetry, and film. As in previous years, the program—now extended to five days—was curated by Iraqi oud master Naseer Shamma, who has been closely associated with the Pierre Boulez Saal since its inception. He is joined by his trio for a concert on March 4 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the hall’s opening. Visual artist Nja Al Mahdawi will create live paintings during the performance. The week’s musical program features four more exceptional trios from countries of the Middle East and Northern Africa. The accompanying online program includes an exhibition of works by visual artists Jabar Alwan and Nja Al Mahdawi as well as the Oscar-nominated film The Man Who Sold His Skin by Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania. Omani poet Saif al-Rahbi will read a selection of his works.