One Year to Go: Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie to Open January 2017

Jan 11, 2016 – Exactly one year before the scheduled opening of the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, the opening act is set: the NDR Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Thomas Hengelbrock will be performing in the great hall on January 11 and 12, 2017. Located in the Hamburg harbor, the Elbphilharmonie was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & De Meuron. The building’s curved glass construction is set on top of a historic cocoa warehouse. It perfectly combines traditional and modern design and boldly enhances Hamburg’s city scape. Now in its final construction phase, the building has already become Hamburg’s new landmark, and is poised to be one of the most acclaimed concert halls in the world.

In addition to tickets reserved for invited guests, a part of the tickets for the two opening concerts will be available to the general public. Advanced ticket sales for the two identical opening concerts start in June 2016.

“Curiosity about the Elbphilharmonie is enormous,” says Prof. Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg’s Senator for Culture. “A house for everyone is rising right in the heart of the city – a house for children, who experience music for the first time in their lives; a house for music enthusiasts, who will experience unforgettable nights there; a house for everyone, who just wants to enjoy the fantastic view from the plaza. We want people from home and abroad to have the chance to experience the opening concerts in our new concert hall – not only invited guests.”

Christoph Lieben-Seutter, director of the new philharmonic hall, and his team are currently fine-tuning the program for 2017, which will be announced in April.

The Elbphilharmonie will officially be handed over to the city of Hamburg this fall. Its Plaza Level, a large public space connecting the historic building and the new construction, will open in November 2016 and offer breathtaking views of the Hamburg harbor.

Following completion of the building’s exterior, the focus will be on the interior fittings and the finalization of the so called “white skin” in the great hall. Jaques Herzog of Herzog & de Meuron is excited about the construction progress: “One year before the opening, we can already see the tremendous impact the Elbphilharmonie will have on Hamburg. We are very happy.”

For Hamburg, the Elbphilharmonie will be a significant new symbol of the city’s rich cultural life in the heart of the harbor. As a part of the “Hafen City Hamburg”, the largest inner city urban development project in Europe, and the adjacent UNESCO world cultural heritage site “Speicherstadt und Kontorhausviertel” (historic warehouse district and Kontorhaus quarter), the Elbphilharmonie already is the most popular tourist spot in Hamburg.

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