The Berlin Philharmoniker is making its first visit to Oxford since Karajan’s celebrated concert in the Sheldonian Theatre in 1978. The orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim conducting, will be performing its traditional European Concert in the same venue on May 1, a concert that marks the foundation of the Berlin Philharmoniker on May 1, 1882. To mark the occasion the orchestra will be offering a British-German programme of Wagner, Brahms (the First Symphony) and Elgar. The young American cellist Alisa Weilerstein will make her debut with the Berlin orchestra in Elgar’s Cello Concerto, a work Barenboim conducted for his wife, Jacqueline du Pré, with the BPO 40 years ago.
The Oxford concert is sold out but you can listen to and watch the programme when the Berlin Phil, Barenboim and Weilerstein perform the same concert on Tuesday, April 27, at home in the Philharmonie in Berlin via the Digital Concert Hall. The concert will be webcast live at 8pm Berlin time (7pm UK time; 2pm New York time and 3am Tokyo time). Single tickets are €9.90.