From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a lively live scene and club culture. Europe's first civic opera opened here in 1678, sons of the city and grand masters of classical music such as Brahms and Telemann are part of the good tone, and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg shines beyond the Hanseatic city as a cultural landmark in a class of its own. Hamburg is the gateway to the world of music: In the 1960s, the Beatles laid the foundation for their worldwide career on St. Pauli. At countless festivals in and around Hamburg, unique venues and diverse sounds merge to create a boundless musical experience. The Hanseatic city stands for a daily ringing and swinging of live music in the countless clubs and bars around the Reeperbahn, in musicals, concert halls or under the open sky.
Hamburg without music? Unthinkable! There must be something in the air between the Alster and the Elbe that inspires artists. And they like to show their affection for the Hanseatic city: Hamburg is immortalized in numerous compositions, albums and songs. Composer Georg Philipp Telemann created the "Alster Overture" in the 18th century, the Beatles said they didn't grow up in Liverpool but in Hamburg, and in the 1990s the Hamburg School was the counterpart to U.S. indie, and artists like Die Beginner, Deichkind and Samy Deluxe showed that hip-hop also works well in the north. Although the area around the Reeperbahn and the Schanzenviertel are certainly known to most music lovers, the neighborhoods in the south and north of the city also offer places to go for fans of live music.
If music without amplifiers is more to your taste, you're sure to find just the right thing among the numerous classical ensembles and orchestras. Founded in the mid-19th century, the Philharmonic State Orchestra of Hamburg is the oldest ensemble in the Hanseatic city, and with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, the famous concert hall on the Elbe has its own orchestra. The Laeiszhalle in the city center is one of the most beautiful venues for a classical concert imaginable. The neo-baroque architecture has already provided an atmospheric setting for performances by Igor Stravinsky and Maria Callas. It was donated by Hamburg shipowner Carl Heinrich Laeisz and is thus also an example of the patronage that is widespread in the city.
As much as they love their clubs and concert halls, the people of Hamburg are always drawn to listen to music in the open air. This is possible, for example, at the MS Dockville Festival in Wilhelmsburg and at ELBJAZZ around the harbor. Some bands and certainly many listeners always come to the Stadtpark OpenAir in "Hamburg's green living room" out of attachment. At the Hafengeburtstag every year in May, not only maritime sounds can be heard, but thanks to the variety of stages, music for almost every taste. Finally, the Reeperbahn Festival combines the festival feeling of "being outside, meeting friends and listening to music" with the atmosphere of small clubs, where you can get very close to the artists.
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