Philharmonie de Paris tickets 12 June 2024 - Lang Lang, Orchestre de Paris and Klaus Mäkelä |

Lang Lang, Orchestre de Paris and Klaus Mäkelä

Philharmonie de Paris, Paris, France
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Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 20:00
Conductor: Klaus Mäkelä
Piano: Lang Lang
Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris
Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Composer: Miroslav Srnka
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Miroslav Srnka: Superorganisms
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano concerto no. 2 in G minor, Op.22
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy: String Symphony no. 10 in B minor
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony no. 31 in D major, K297 (K300a) "Paris”

A must-see concert, each piece as compelling as the last: Lang Lang’s fingers fly over the keys in a fiery Concerto by Saint-Saëns; a magnetic piece by Miroslav Srnka makes its French premiere; and we hear a Mozart symphony celebrating Parisian hedonism.

Is there credence to Alfred Cortot’s suspicion that Saint-Saëns Concerto No. 2 was Shakespeare inspired? In any case, this piece that enchanted Liszt is full of charm and formidable velocity that culminates in a frenzied tarantella.

Mendelssohn’s more tranquil Symphonies for Strings are works from his youth, revealing the genius of an adolescent still steeped in the models of Bach and Mozart. From the great ‘Amadeus’ comes Symphony No. 31, also an early work, and brilliant, with its imposing crescendos, contrasting nuances and rousing ritornello forms: an opus clearly meant to draw ‘applause’ from Parisian audiences in 1778, but certainly not lacking in Mozartian depth and mastery.

As a bonus, this concert includes the French premiere of a piece by Czech composer Miroslav Srnka, exploring the transcendence of the individual in the collective—a fascinating notion, whether the ‘superorganism’ is a bee colony or... a symphony orchestra. 

Venue Info

Philharmonie de Paris - Paris
Location   221 Avenue Jean Jaurès

The Philharmonie de Paris is a complex of concert halls in Paris, France. The buildings also house exhibition spaces and rehearsal rooms. The main buildings are all located in the Parc de la Villette at the northeastern edge of Paris in the 19th arrondissement. At the core of this set of spaces is the symphonic concert hall of 2,400 seats designed by Jean Nouvel and opened in January 2015. Its construction had been postponed for about twenty years to complete the current musical institution la Cité de la Musique designed by Christian de Portzamparc and opened since 1995. Mainly dedicated to symphonic concerts, the Philharmonie de Paris also present other forms of music such as jazz and world music.

Designed by Jean Nouvel, the Philharmonie 1 is an organic design with innovative forms rising like a hill within the Parc de la Villette. Aluminium panels in a basketweave design swirl tightly around the structure and contrast with the rest of its matte exterior. The exterior features the images of 340,000 birds etched into the surface in seven different shapes and four shades ranging from light grey to black to symbolize a grand take-off. The rooftop, 37 metres high, will be open to the public and will give visitors an expansive view of the city blending into the suburbs.

The building houses the site's largest concert hall, called the Grande Salle Pierre Boulez. The design of the auditorium follows the model pioneered by the Berlin Philharmonie to intensify the feeling of intimacy between the performers and their audience. Indeed, the auditorium adapted the way the 2400 seats are distributed, between the parterre, behind the stage and on floating balconies around the central stage. The farthest spectator is only 32 metres from the conductor (compared to 40 or 50 metres in most large symphony halls). The hall's enveloping configuration is designed to immerse the spectator in the music. Its walls are composed of moving panels designed to redirect the sound in multiple directions. These panels alternate with sound absorbing surfaces, specially treated to increase reflection and reverberation, the sound resonates throughout the vast acoustic volume (30,500 cubic metres).The tiers and parterre seating are retractable, offering an increased capacity of 3,650 people for events such as amplified concerts that require special configurations.

A number of spaces for use by musicians are situated around the hall, including dressing rooms but also rehearsal rooms. In all, the hall is encircled by five rehearsal rooms for various ensembles and ten chamber music studios. An entire section of the building is occupied by an 1,800-square-metre (19,000 sq ft) educational centre. With various rooms designed for collective practice, it will host workshop cycles for many groups. The site also boasts an 800-square-metre (8,600 sq ft) exhibition space, a conference hall and two restaurants.

Important Info
Type: Classical Concert
City: Paris, France
Starts at: 20:00
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