A new biennial festival kicks off this month at the Berliner Philharmoniker — this season the orchestra celebrates the Golden Twenties in a series of performances that includes several of Weill’s orchestral works. Streamed live without an audience and available afterwards for viewing worldwide with a ticket or subscription, the festival will premiere the new critical edition of Symphonie in einem Satz (Symphony No. 1), edited by KWF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient James Holmes. After the Berlin premiere, the new performance materials will be available for rental. The critical edition is protected by extended copyrights in some territories.
The Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko will present Symphonie in einem Satz on February 13, continuing performances of Weill works since ringing in 2020 with a celebrated New Year’s Eve concert, which featured Weill’s Symphonic Nocturne from Lady in the Dark and several Weill songs sung by soprano Diana Damrau. Scholarship holders of the Karajan Academy and conductor Marie Jacquot will present Symphony No. 2 and Weill’s Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Kolja Blacher, on February 16. The Berliner Philharmoniker, conducted by Donald Runnicles, will present the Suite from Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny on February 20. Rounding out the festival, members of the Berliner Philharmoniker will present three Weill works on February 23: “Berlin im Licht-Song,” Kleine Dreigroschenmusik, and Suite panaméenne. For more information about the concert series, click here.