A tribute to Charles Mingus / At the Berliner Philharmonie


20:00 - 23:00
21,00 - 70,00 €
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A performance of Deutsche Oper Berlin in cooperation with Jazz-Institut Berlin and Berliner Festspiele / Musikfest Berlin

approx. 3 hours / one interval

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To our great delight, rbb has agreed to broadcast Epitaph's concert on 19 September 2022 at the Philharmonie live on the radio station rbbKultur, as well as to record it for later rebroadcast on the radio.

20:00 - 23:00
21,00 - 70,00 €
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The bass-playing genius and jazz composer Charles Mingus was a legend in his own lifetime. With his big band ensembles of the 1950s and 1960s, he revived an awareness of collective improvisation on stage that had not been experienced since the heyday of New Orleans jazz. In his magnum opus “Epitaph” he created a kind of musical history of jazz, which quoted and adapted the most varied lines of tradition and styles from gospel to Dixieland, to big band swing and bebop and on to free jazz. This monumental, two and a half-hour work for two big bands and additional orchestral elements is a key example of the “third stream” initiated by Gunther Schuller, which attempted to generate a new, genuinely American music by combining jazz with modern classical sounds. Accordingly, in “Epitaph” extended jazz improvisations repeatedly come up against precisely notated passages containing echoes of the music of Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. Musikfest Berlin will mark the occasion of Charles Mingus 100th anniversary with a performance of “Epitaph” – a work that was reconstructed ten years after Mingus’s death and only given its first performance by Gunther Schuller in 1989. In Berlin, this composition, which can only be produced with a considerable outlay in terms of performance and technical support, will be conducted by Titus Engel. It will be played by musicians from the Deutsche Oper Berlin BigBand, students from the Jazz-Institut Berlin and star guests, including the trumpeter Randy Brecker, who in the course of a long career also worked together with Charles Mingus himself.

1. Main Score – Part 1
2. Percussion Discussion
3. Main Score – Part 2
4. Started Melody
5. Better Get Hit in Your Soul
6. The Soul
7. Moods in Mambo
8. Self Portrait / Chill of Death
9. O.P. (Oscar Pettiford)
10. Pinky / Please Don’t Come Back from the Moon
11. Monk, Bunk, and Vice Versa (Osmotin’)

*** Interval ***

12. Peggy’s Blue Skylight
13. Wolverine Blues
14. Children’s Hour of Dream
15. This Subdues My Passion
16. Untitled Ballad – In Other Words, I am Three
17. Freedom
18. Untitled Interlude – The Underdog Rising
19. Noon Night
20. Main Score Reprise

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On 1 December, it's that time again. Our already traditional Advent calendar welcomes you with free admission. Members of the Deutsche Oper Berlin ensembles look forward to shortening the days until Christmas Eve with personalised musical programmes in which you will hear Christmas classics as well as absolute rarities, perhaps never heard before. Just come by and experience our artists up close.

Our Advent Foyer Programme
Enjoy our chamber concerts from Monday to Friday, from 5.00 p.m. to approx. 5.25 p.m., in the rank foyer on the right. Should there be any deviations in the venue or time, you will find a note in the overview. Admission is free.

1 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Dietmar Schwarz reads "The Snow Queen"

2 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
The Little Chorus of the Children's Chorus sings Christmas carols

5 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Old Russian Romances with Maria Motolygina

6 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Father Christmas comes to visit - together with Elisa Verzier

7 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
"Ding Dong! Merrily on High" - A concert with the VoiceChangers

8 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Parquet Foyer
Caroling together with the brass band

9 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Beyond the Snow Queen" - Songs by Samuel Penderbayne and others
with Alexandra Ionis, Attilio Glaser and Henriette Zahn

12 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Songs and Arias with Sua Jo and Kyle Miller

13 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Daniel Nicholson sings and presents

14 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Ralph Vaughan Williams' "The House of Life"
with Dean Murphy and Elda Laro

15 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Four Hands" - Piano Music
with John Parr and Christopher White

16 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
South American Songs with Jorge Puerta

19 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Tischlerei
English and Polish Songs
with Maire Therese Carmack, Artur Garbas and Manon Gerhardt

20 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"Christmas Carols for Two Tenors”
with Kieran Carrel and Thomas Cilluffo

21 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Chamber music with members of the orchestra

22 December 2022 | 5.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
"L'ange et l'enfant" - On the occasion of César Franck's 200th birthday
with Andrea Schwarzbach and Christian Zacker

23 December 2022 | 4.00 p.m. | Rank foyer on the right
Brahms songs with Arianna Manganello
Please note the earlier start: 4.00 p.m.

All further information in the respective daily door on our homepage

Raffles at the weekends
Because an Advent calendar is of course also filled at weekends and on Christmas Eve, you will find online raffles on our homepage on Saturdays and Sundays as well as on 24 December. We would like to take this opportunity to thank cooperation partners such as NAXOS and the Yorck cinema group.