Thematic Weekends

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Structured around a specific theme, genre, musician, instrument or geographic area, weekends at the Philharmonie offer the public a fresh take on music and its appreciation : new concert formats, family shows and activities, musical child-care…

2020-21 Season

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    JOE HISAISHI WEEKEND 11 - 13 SEPTEMBER 2020
    Known around the world to fans of Studio Ghibli or Takeshi Kitano, Joe Hisaishi here presents another aspect of his work—music he composes not for film but for concert halls.

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    THE COMPLETE BEATLES WEEKEND 18 - 20 SEPTEMBER 2020
    Fifty years after their official break-up, the Beatles’ influence remains undiminished. The mad wager for this weekend is to play all of their songs—from pop to jazz to classical.

  • © T. Hocks / Galerie Patricia Dorfmann

    NUIT BLANCHE 3 OCTOBER 2020
    This ‘Nuit Blanche’ invites music-loving night-birds to explore the poetics of nudity at the Musée de la musique, to go from percussion to ambient music, and to discover a dialogue between painting and string quartet. Children are invited to a ‘kids night’ made to measure (6–10pm).

  • © Navia / Galerie VU’

    LUSITANIA WEEK-END 9 - 11 OCTOBER 2020
    A musical tour of the Portuguese-speaking world, to (re)discover its incredible variety of musical genres—from Lisbon’s fado to the morna of Cape Verde, and from Angola to Guinea-Bissau and Brazil.

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    JEAN-MICHEL JARRE WEEKEND 16 - 20 OCTOBER 2020
    A pioneer in electronic music, Jean-Michel Jarre has continually forged bridges between music and technology. With this weekend in his honour, he reveals an intimate facet of his work.

  • © Vincent Boisot

    AFRICAN ORCHESTRAS WEEKEND 24 - 25 OCTOBER 2020
    A weekend featuring the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra, founded in Kinshasa in 1994, and the MIAGI Orchestra (for ‘Music Is A Great Investment’), created by a programme for youth from Soweto and other townships in South Africa.

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    NICO MUHLY WEEKEND 12 - 15 NOVEMBER 2020
    With influences ranging from the minimalists to Renaissance choral music, Nico Muhly has become one of the major composers of our time: from the Metropolitan Opera to Björk, from concert halls to rock studios—the American prodigy is in high demand.

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    BEETHOVEN VARIATIONS WEEKEND 19 - 22 NOVEMBER 2020
    There are of course his own Diabelli Variations or his variations on opera themes, but works by Beethoven himself will also be revisited, whether in jazz or in contemporary music. For the 250th anniversary of his birth, a weekend dedicated to the Beethovenian art of variation.

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    EROS WEEK-END 26 - 29 NOVEMBER 2020
    Long confined to implicitness, the erotic dimension of music became unabashedly explicit in the 20th century: from Dadaist sound poems to rock and musical theatre, the taboo was shattered. A weekend attuned to the musical resonances of desire, between eroticism and love.

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    TANGO WEEK-END 8 - 10 JANUARY 2021
    In honour of the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla’s birth in 1921, this weekend explores tango today in six concerts, including one dance.

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    2e PIERRE BOULEZ BIENNIAL 15 - 21 JANUARY 2021
    In addition to major scores for ensemble or orchestra, such as Repons and Notations, this 2nd edition of the Pierre Boulez Biennial will feature his complete works for piano.

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    LIEDER AND SONGS 23 - 29 JANUARY 2021
    From one to the next, great voices offer a journey through the lied repertoire—from masterpieces such as Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey) and Schwanengesang (Swan Song) to Catalan songs and contemporary and jazz pieces.

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    WOMEN IN JAZZ WEEKEND 30 & 31 JANUARY 2021
    A different perspective on the history of jazz, shifting from the genre’s male-dominated paradigm. These concerts place the spotlight on women composers who have written and continue to perpetuate this music of freedom.

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    ">ORGANS WEEKEND 6 & 7 FEBRUARY 2021
    The finest organists come together for a weekend celebrating the king of instruments in all its versatility, with concerts featuring organ alone or with orchestra, and a programme ranging from Bach to Dusapin.

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    CHINA WEEKEND (1) 10 - 16 FEBRUARY 2021
    A look at facets of Chinese culture such as the New Year tradition, kunqu opera and nu shu (a script used exclusively by women in Hunan), juxtaposed with the legend of Marco Polo and Vivaldi’s exoticism.

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    ENFANTILLAGES WEEKEND 19 - 21 FEBRUARY 2021
    A weekend of varied programmes for kids of all ages, in honour of the grand opening of the Children’s Philharmonie.

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    CHUCHO VALDÉS WEEKEND 5 - 7 MARCH 2021
    Chucho Valdés is one of the key figures in the musical fusion between Cuba and Africa. Entering his ninth decade with indefatigable fervour, he continues to keep the flames of Afro-Cuban jazz burning bright. Three concerts to celebrate his 80th birthday.

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    WOMEN IN MUSIC WEEKEND 12 - 17 MARCH 2021
    From opera heroines to rising women conductors, from female soloists to women composers, this weekend is dedicated to women making their mark in music.

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    FRENCH MUSIC WEEKEND 19 - 21 MARCH 2021
    Along with the most famous composers, such as Bizet and Ravel, this weekend of French music also features lesser-known figures like Augusta Holmès, as well as musique concrète and the contemporary repertoire.

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    IRAN WEEKEND 26 - 28 MARCH 2021
    A weekend dedicated to Iran, whose rich and ancient traditional culture reflects the past of the Persian empire. The Philharmonie de Paris has invited the most eminent artists to present this musical heritage that is both historic and irrepressibly alive.

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    STRAVINSKI WEEKEND 29 MARCH - 2 APRIL 2021
    Between the orchestral pyrotechnics of The Firebird (1910) and the striking austerity of Requiem Canticles (1966), Stravinsky left a monumental body of work, exceeding all expectations. Russian conductor Valery Gergiev directs the composer’s great orchestral, concertante and choral scores.

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    AMAZONIA WEEKEND (1) 9 - 11 APRIL 2021
    A weekend that explores the musical traditions of Guiana, along with a work by Villa-Lobos celebrating the world’s largest river, with photography by Sebastião Salgado.

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    CHINA WEEKEND (2) 15 - 18 APRIL 2021
    Within China, traditions have been kept intact over the ages, while outside its borders, facets of Chinese culture are exported and adopted around the world. A weekend between ancient traditions and modern-day icons.

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    BACH WEEKEND 26 - 29 APRIL 2021
    The music of Bach performed on period keyboards and modern pianos, danced and brought to life in a variety of tones.

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    FUTURISM WEEKEND 7 - 9 MAY 2021
    From Metropolis (with music by Martin Matalon) to the electropop of Zombie Zombie dressed in art by illustrator Philippe Druillet, this weekend explores futuristic visions past and present.

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    AMAZONIA WEEKEND (2) 22 - 23 MAY 2021
    The Jungle Book revisited, Amazonian folk songs, a work by Philip Glass celebrating the world’s largest river, a concert by poet, guitarist, singer and activist Caetano Veloso, etc.: the artists of today pay homage to the ‘lungs of the world’, now more fragile than ever.

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    SPACE WEEKEND 29 - 30 MAY 2021
    Space inspires musicians—from sounds recorded by probes launched into the ether, to images from the Hubble Space Telescope, and from the planets of our solar system to alien lifeforms.

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    AMATEURS WEEKEND 5 - 6 JUNE 2021
    Each year, the Philharmonie opens its doors to amateurs—singers and instrumentalists alike. For this edition, with the associations Emmaüs and Aurore, and with refugee choirs, the emphasis is on inclusion and solidarity.

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    LARGE-SCALE WEEKEND 11 - 13 JUNE 2021
    From Handel’s hymns for the coronation of King George II to Verdi’s choruses, this weekend celebrates works on a monumental scale.

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    DÉMOS ORCHESTRAS WEEKEND 19 & 20 JUNE 2021
    These two days of concerts are the culmination of the past year of collective musical practice through the Démos project.

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  • Joe Hisaishi Weekend
  • The Complete Beatles Weekend
  • Nuit Blanche 2020
  • Lusitania Weekend
  • Jean-Michel Jarre Weekend
  • African Orchestras
  • Nico Muhly Weekend
  • Beethoven Variations Weekend
  • Eros Weekend
  • Tango Weekend
  • 2nd Pierre Boulez Biennial
  • Lieder and Songs
  • Women in Jazz Weekend
  • Organs Weekend
  • China Weekend (1)
  • Enfantillages Weekend
  • Chucho Valdés Weekend
  • Women in Music Weekend
  • French Music Weekend
  • Iran Weekend
  • Stravinski Weekend
  • Amazonia Weekend (1)
  • China Weekend (2)
  • Bach Weekend
  • Futurism Weekend
  • Amazonia Weekend (2)
  • Space Weekend
  • Amateurs Weekend
  • Large-scale Weekend
  • Démos Orchestras Weekend

2019-20 Season

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    DANNY ELFMAN WEEKEND 14 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2019
    Tim Burton’s favourite score composer is a multi-faceted artist. Looking beyond Batman and Alice in Wonderland, Danny Elfman’s ‘carte blanche’ is the opportunity to discover his work outside of film music.

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    SAINT PETERSBURG WEEKEND - DU 21 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2018
    Liturgy in the time of the tsars; opera at the Mariinsky Theatre; the intersection of arts in the Mussorgsky’s work... This weekend explores multiple facets of Saint Petersburg history.

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    LES RITA MITSOUKO WEEKEND - DU 27 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
    Created in 1979, the beloved duo would have turned 40 this year. Catherine Ringer celebrates their music with a ‘carte blanche’ for the weekend.

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    NUIT BLANCHE - NIGHT OF 5 TO 6 OCTOBER 2019
    From the Studio to the Symphonic Hall, the entire Philharmonie is a musical dreamland from dusk until dawn.

  • © Roy Export

    CHARLIE CHAPLIN WEEKEND - 9 - 10 OCTOBER 2019
    In conjunction with the exhibition The sound of Charlie Chaplin at the Musée de la musique, this weekend explores the musical world of the iconic tramp in the bowler hat

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    ICELAND WEEKEND - 8 - 10 NOVEMBER 2019
    Europe’s most sparsely populated country boasts one of the most thriving music scenes. This weekend proves it, with two Björk albums revisited, minimalist ambiances woven by Ólafur Arnalds and the fairy of the group Amiina.

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    VERSAILLES DREAM - 15 - 17 NOVEMBER 2019
    For this weekend, Alexandre Tharaud has brought together numerous pianists to explore the myth of Versailles in music.

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    PIERRE HENRY WEEKEND - 20 - 24 NOVEMBER 2019
    The Philharmonie pays tribute to this pioneer in concrete music, the composer of such works as Messe pour le temps présent and La Dixième Symphonie.

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    ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL : EVENTS FOR FAMILIES - 29 NOVEMBER - 1 DECEMBER 2019
    This year, the Orchestra festival invites young audiences to discover and explore the world of music with special shows and concerts geared towards children ages 3 and up.

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    GLASS REGGIO WEEKEND - 6 - 8 DECEMBER 2019
    In the Native American Hopi language, qatsi means ‘life’. Between slow pieces and hypnotic loops, the Qatsi trilogy by Philip Glass and Godfrey Reggio explores the threat to life on earth.

  • © Oscar Ortega

    ARTS FLO 40 WEEKEND - 20 - 22 DECEMBER 2019
    Founded in 1979 by William Christie, Les Arts Florissants celebrate 40 years as a leader in reinventing the performance of baroque music, with a momentous anniversary programme.

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    ROKIA TRAORÉ WEEKEND - 4 - 6 JANUARY 2020
    This weekend presents a portrait of prodigious Malian artist Rokia Troaré, exploring multiple facets of her talent.

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    STRING QUARTET BIENNIAL - 9 - 19 JANUARY 2020
    The sixteen Beethoven quartets performed over the course of this edition are juxtaposed with quartets by his predecessors and composers who have continued exploring the genre to the present day.

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    ALL BEETHOVEN WEEKEND - 18 - 21 JANUARY 2020
    Beethoven was baptised on 17 December 1770. In honour of this 250th anniversary, this weekend features Philippe Jordan conducting the Wiener Symphoniker, and Daniel Barenboim continuing his cycle of the complete piano sonatas.

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    BEETHOVEN AND MODERNITY WEEKEND - 25 - 26 JANUARY 2020
    Many are those who view Beethoven as their forefather—from Mahler to the Second Viennese School to modern-day composers—each claiming lineage to him in writing their history of modernity.

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    MAHMOUD DARWICH WEEKEND - 28 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 2020
    In this tribute to the great Palestinian poet who died in 2008, his poetry rings out in song, through the voices of Marcel Khalifé, Rodolphe Burger, the Bethlehem Children’s Chorus and Franck Tortiller.

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    STEVE REICH WEEKEND - 7 - 8 march 2020
    This weekend offers a cross-section of the oeuvre of this American minimalist, alongside works by his elders and juniors. The key event is a premiere of a film by German painter Gerhard Richter. Steve Reich’s talk as part of the ‘Grand témoins’ conference series is also not-to-be-missed.

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    MOSCOW WEEKEND - 14 - 15 MARCH 2020
    A musical weekend in Moscow, including two exceptional concerts by the Bolshoi Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Tugan Sokhiev.

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    ELLES WEEKEND - 19 - 22 MARCH 2020
    Main orchestra conductors are men, and the classic repertoire has mainly remembered male composers. This weekend celebrates women conductors, composers and performers who have made their mark in music.

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    WEILL BRECHT WEEKEND - 27 - 29 MARCH 2020
    Together, the composer and playwright conjured a new form of song and political music. From didactic, participatory pieces to cabaret, songs and radio cantata, rediscover the little-known hybrid creations of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.

  • © David Douglas Duncan © Succession Picasso 2019. Localisation : Paris, musée national Picasso - Paris. Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris)/ image RMN-GP

    PICASSO WEEKEND - 4 – 5 APRIL 2020
    His paintings abound with harlequin musicians and guitars. His decors and costumes brought Cubism to the stage. This weekend explores Picasso’s multiple and fascinating links with music, from flamenco to the Ballets Russes.

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    PASSIONS WEEKEND - 9 - 10 APRIL 2020
    The iconic music of Easter naturally evokes the passion of Christ. But there are others: here, the St John Passion conducted by Jordi Savall is juxtaposed with a concert screening of Dreyer’s Passion of Joan of Arc.

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    MAX RICHTER / YULIA MAHR WEEKEND - 8 - 10 MAY 2020
    A programme characterised by a certain vision of modernity, featuring three concerts by Max Richter, screenings of the work of Yulia Mahr, and guests from genres ranging from classical to electro.

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    CHILLS AND THRILLS WEEKEND - 16 - 17 MAY 2020
    Jaws and Dracula shown with live musical accompaniment, a children’s show based on Bertrand Santini and Laurent Gapaillard’s famous book Le Yark, and a dance of the dead... A weekend for lovers of chills and thrills!

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    AFRICA WEEKEND - 25 MAY - 4 JUNE 2020
    This concert series is a dialogue between Africa and the West: Afrofuturism intersects with tradition, Robyn Orlin meets Camille, the Kronos Quartet performs with griots, and Angélique Kidjo revisits the Talking Heads.

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    AMATEUR WEEKEND - 6 - 7 JUNE 2020
    Amateur harmony groups, brass bands, choirs and orchestras bring their music to the stage. Kicking off with a concert band competition, the weekend will also include concerts by participants in the Philharmonie’s musical practice workshops.

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    PAT METHENY WEEKEND - 13 - 14 JUNE 2020
    For legendary guitarist Pat Metheney’s first appearance at the Philharmonie, this weekend is dedicated to his diverse talents and influences—from Missouri to Brazil, and from Steve Reich to Ornette Coleman.

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    DÉMOS ORCHESTRAS WEEKEND - 19 - 21 JUNE 2020
    These three days of concerts mark the culmination of a year of collective musical practice with the Démos project, a social orchestra and music education programme for youth ages 7 to 12 who previously had not had the opportunity to play in an orchestra.

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  • Danny Elfman weekend
  • Saint petersburg weekend
  • Les Rita Mitsouko weekend
  • Nuit Blanche
  • Charlie Chaplin weekend
  • Iceland weekend
  • Versailles Dream
  • Pierre Henry weekend
  • Families weekend
  • Glass Reggio weekend
  • Arts flo 40 weekend
  • Rokia Traoré weekend
  • String Quartet Biennial
  • All Beethoven weekend
  • Beethoven and modernity weekend
  • Mahmoud Darwich weekend
  • Steve Reich weekend
  • Moscow weekend
  • Elles weekend
  • Weill / Brecht weekend
  • Week-end Picasso
  • Week-end Passions
  • Week-end Max Richter
  • Chills & trills weekend
  • Africa Weekend
  • Amateur Weekend
  • Pat Metheny Weekend
  • Démos orchestras Weekend
2019-2020 Weekends

DANNY ELFMAN WEEKEND - 14 - 15 SEPTEMBER 2019

SAINT PETERSBURG WEEKEND - DU 21 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2018

LES RITA MITSOUKO WEEKEND - DU 27 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019

NUIT BLANCHE - NIGHT OF 5 TO 6 OCTOBER 2019

CHARLIE CHAPLIN WEEKEND - 9 - 10 OCTOBER 2019

ICELAND WEEKEND - 8 - 10 NOVEMBER 2019

VERSAILLES DREAM - 15 - 17 NOVEMBER 2019

PIERRE HENRY WEEKEND - 20 - 24 NOVEMBER 2019

ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL : EVENTS FOR FAMILIES - 29 NOVEMBER - 1 DECEMBER 2019

GLASS REGGIO WEEKEND - 6 - 8 DECEMBER 2019

ARTS FLO 40 WEEKEND - 20 - 22 DECEMBER 2019

ROKIA TRAORÉ WEEKEND - 4 - 6 JANUARY 2020

STRING QUARTET BIENNIAL - 9 - 19 JANUARY 2020

ALL BEETHOVEN WEEKEND - 18 - 21 JANUARY 2020

BEETHOVEN AND MODERNITY WEEKEND - 25 - 26 JANUARY 2020

MAHMOUD DARWICH WEEKEND - 28 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 2020

STEVE REICH WEEKEND - 7 - 8 march 2020

MOSCOW WEEKEND - 14 - 15 MARCH 2020

ELLES WEEKEND - 19 - 22 MARCH 2020

WEILL BRECHT WEEKEND - 27 - 29 MARCH 2020

PICASSO WEEKEND - 4 - 5 APRIL 2020

PASSIONS WEEKEND - 9 - 10 APRIL 2020

MAX RICHTER / YULIA MAHR WEEKEND - 8 - 10 MAY 2020

CHILLS AND THRILLS WEEKEND - 16 - 17 MAY 2020

AFRICA WEEKEND - 25 MAY - 4 JUNE 2020

AMATEUR WEEKEND - 6 - 7 JUNE 2020

PAT METHENY WEEKEND - 13 - 14 JUNE 2020

DÉMOS ORCHESTRAS WEEKEND - 19 - 21 JUNE 2020

Enfants & familles carré

Families & children

You wish to awaken the interest of your children, grandchildren, nephews, nieces in music… to give them the opportunity to discover concerts, activities and exhibitions which are rich, varied and suitable for their age-group? You’ve come to the right place. Welcome to the whole family.

2020-21 Season

Great orchestras, international soloists, projects which shed new light on music, jazz music, pop music and world music as well as three temporary exhibitions. Catch up with 2020-21 Season’s highlights here.