Hamburg’s Concert Hall Hits All the Right Notes

Five years ago, on January 11, 2017, Hamburg’s iconic new concert hall, designed by  Herzog & de Meuron, was open to the public.. Since then, the Elbphilharmonie’s world-class program and stunning architecture have attracted an audience of 3.3 million to 2,900 concerts, as well as 14.5 million visitors to the Plaza viewing platform. In this time period, the  Elbphilharmonie transformed the image of an entire city, tripled the number of concertgoers, attracted more tourists than ever, and earned Hamburg a global reputation as a leading city of culture. 
To date, all of the world’s major orchestras have performed at the Elbphilharmonie. Ludwig van Beethoven’s compositions alone have been played 486 times, including 27 performances of his Symphony No. 7. The world’s most renowned orchestras have been joined by the superstars of classical music, as well as major artists from other music genres. 
With its 360-degree panoramic view, the Plaza, the Elbphilharmonie’s viewing platform has become a tourist magnet and has attracted around 14.5 million visitors to date, surpassing some of Germany’s top tourist destinations, such as Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria.
From 11 to 19 February, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra will perform the Age of Anxiety — an American Journey,” the festival will focus on 20th century music from the United States. 
Other 2022 music highlights include the legendary Reeperbahn Festival – Europe’s largest club festival and music industry gathering (September 21 to 24), and the Hamburg Ballet Days, (June 19 to 30) with John Neumeier and his Hamburg Ballet celebrating Mr. Neumeier’s 50th work anniversary in Hamburg. 
Visual arts highlights include the 8th Triennial of Photography featuring 12 exhibitions in ten museums and exhibition halls.

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