Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra Almost 200 years of enchanting performances

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Hamburg’s most time-honoured orchestra, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra, enchants audiences at venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and the Hamburg State Opera.

Founded in 1828, the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra is the largest and oldest orchestra in Hamburg. It inspires audiences with opera and ballet performances in the renowned Hamburg State Opera and beguiles music lovers with its philharmonic concerts in the spectacular Grand Hall of the Elbphilharmonie. The Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra has been shaping the sound of Hamburg for almost 200 years now. Under the baton of American chief conductor and Hamburg’s general music director Kent Nagano, the musicians continue to excel. Many successful tours to a broad range of countries and cities across all continents confirm the international popularity and success of this orchestra.

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Concerts at the Elbphilharmonie

The musical programme of the Elbphilharmonie covers the entire spectrum of classical music - from Renaissance to contemporary music, from solo evenings and chamber music to large choir and orchestra concerts.

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The historic core of the Altstadt (German for Old Town) district is shaped by traditional buildings such as the Hamburg city hall and the chamber of commerce, the alleyways and bridges which stretch out all the way to the HafenCity district. In the Neustadt district district between Laeiszhalle and Jungfernstieg with elegant promenades, fashion stores and gallery owners – overlooking the Alster.

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Concert hall with tradition Laeiszhalle

The first house on the square: The Laeiszhalle is Hamburg's traditional venue for exquisite musical experiences with a special focus on early music, recitals, chamber music and jazz.

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One of the world's leading venues for opera Hamburgische Staatsoper

Visitors to Hamburg who are looking for high-class opera entertainment will be spoiled with grandiose performances in the time-honoured Hamburg State Opera.

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World renowned concert hall and city emblem Elbphilharmonie

Hamburg has a new cultural landmark! The Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall represents an unprecedented synthesis of the arts - architecture, music and the unique location in the middle of the Hamburg harbour. More than 2.6 million guests have already attended over 1,000 concerts!


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