Monday, 21 February 2011

So much on offer, so little time

London is such a phantastic city with a wealth of art and culture on offer. There is something for everybody, every day of the week and even on a grey Monday evening you can enjoy a superb program e.g. at the Barbican Centre.
Today it is Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker performing Mahler's Symphony No 4 and Strawinskys Ballet Music Apollon Musagete, the soloist is Christine Schaefer!

And now I have to apologise, because this concert went on sale in December and sold out! Probably the following day! As are all the other concerts of Simon Rattles week long London residency with the Berliner Philharmoniker.
One has to be terribly organised, re-schedule business trips and/or have a babysitter in place months in advance, because tickets are sold fast here.
There are also a lot of 'friends' and 'patrons' schemes at these venues that let members pre-book before the rest of us (this also goes for a lot of the summer festivals, make a note). Time and time again I am too late and annoyed about not being more organised.

But this time, there is a But: the Orchestra played the same program last week in Berlin. Now you can either try to follow these guys around Europe (which I am sure some do) or check out their Digital Concert Hall, where you can listen to the Berliner live or browse the video archive for past concerts. Tonights concert is just being edited and soon available here.

Thank you so much, Daniel, for the tip. It is probably the next best thing to being there. Let me know what you think.  

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