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Happenings at the Philharmonie

by Sarah Clinger

Live music is back and better than ever! Since its season opener back in September, the Philharmonie has offered a number of concerts, shows, and events for all of us to enjoy. This year, they’re also offering the stage to a new group of younger musicians, The Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe (OPE). Here are all the details about the OPE and more!

OPE

Orchestre de la Place de l’Europe, or OPE for short, will bring together 80 amateur musicians, all over the age of 18 that will perform a concert in the Grand Auditorium at the Luxembourg Philharmonie. This season, the concert will be dedicated to the Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” by Antonin Dvořák. 

The group is conducted and overseen by Benjamin Schäfer, a well-distinguished musician and longtime performer at the Philharmonie. Each member of the orchestra must endure the same audition process, which includes filming an audition video and having a face-to-face audition. If you love music, and you think you have the talent to be selected, you can till apply until November 30. More information about the application process can be found here.

Rainy Days Festival 2021

Clear your calendars from November 12 to December 5 for the annual Rainy Days Festival. This year, the motto is “come together again” to remember and recognize the hardships everyone around the world faced during the past 18 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival invites individuals to listen, experience, and see the various art forms showcased during the festival. The festival is a collection of 21 concerts, performances, and conversations with the artists. 

The opening concert on November 12 by William Kentridge intertwines music, visual arts, film, and performance to deliver a multimedia performance based on Kurt Schwitters famous 1932 Ursonate. Other artists who will be performing during the festival include, but not limited to: Anthony Braxton, Yaron Deutsch, United Instruments of Lucilin, and of course the Philharmoniqe du Luxembourg. Numerous artists will be featuring new works on premier for the first time, some of these artists include: Georges Aperghis, Bastien David, Irene Galindo Quero, and Max Murray. 

Tickets for the festival went up for sale on October 14. You can still buy tickets for individual performances, or you can buy the rainy days pass for €55 which includes everything except “Caravane”, “Deine Freunde aus der Ferne” and the composition workshop. For a full list of performers along with dates & times, click here.

Other Events We Love at the Phil

The Boy and the Magic Fish & Halloween Music Workshops

If you are looking for an excuse to get the kids out of the house, take them to see “The Boy and the Magic Fish” on October 23 or 24. This concert is a mix between visual performance, music, art, and storytelling, the Philharmonie recommends this concert for children aged 5-9. If you are not free on these dates, or have children older than 9, a Halloween musical workshop is offered on the 31 for children aged 11-13. For more information about both of these events, click here.

“II ritorno d’Ulisse” 

William Kentridge and Ricercar Consort have put together an opera paired with puppets. The performance is based off of the 1640 II ritorno d’Ulisse in patria by Claudio Monteverdi, unlike the 1640 performance, this one includes puppets, giving it range to reach a younger audience if needed. This performance will take place on November 4 and 5th in the Grand Auditorium. 

Budapest Festival Orchestra

Iván Fischer & Budapest Festival Orchestra photo: Sébastien Grébille

If you have a passion for orchestral music, you might want to grab tickets to the Budapest Festival Orchestra on November 16. This orchestra includes a well-known violist named Tabea Zimmermann, and a well-distinguished conductor, Iván Fischer. This concert will take place in the Grand Auditorium and tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

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