Miami, FL – April 25, 2023 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) proudly presents the anticipated return of STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN (@statsoperberlin), one of the world’s oldest and most esteemed orchestras, to Miami after 17 years with acclaimed conductor, Daniel Barenboim (@dbarenboim), at the Center’s Knight Concert Hall on December 5 and 6.
Tickets to STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN are $50, $75, $100, $150 & $198* and will be available to the public beginning May 8. Tickets may be purchased at arshtcenter.org, or at the Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722.
Daniel Barenboim has spent the majority of his life on a concert stage, enthralling audiences with his masterful piano-playing and conducting some of the world’s most influential orchestras, including the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which he co-founded, and STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN, the 450-year-old house ensemble of Berlin State Opera, which he directed for 30 years. Now, after turning 80 in 2022, Barenboim will tour the United States to perform a limited series of concerts, including Carnegie Hall, with STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN, which in 2000 named him “conductor for life.”
Across two nights at the Arsht Center, these superstar artists will deliver what are sure to be unforgettable performances. It’s an incredible opportunity for South Florida audiences to see a musician The New York Times called “a titan among the world’s conductors.”
Program to be announced. This concert is supported by Caring Friends Foundation and Knight Foundation.
ABOUT STAATSKAPELLE BERLIN
With a tradition of more than 450 years, Staatskapelle Berlin is one of the oldest orchestras in the world. Originally founded as court orchestra by Prince-Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg in 1570 the ensemble expanded its activities with the founding of the Royal Court Opera in 1742 by Frederick the Great. Ever since then, the orchestra has been closely tied to Staatsoper Unter den Linden.
Many important musicians have conducted the orchestra, both in the opera and in the regular concert series that have been held since 1842, among them Gaspare Spontini, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Felix von Weingartner, Richard Strauss, Erich Kleiber, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Herbert von Karajan, Franz Konwitschny, and Otmar Suitner.
From the end of 1991 until January 2023, Daniel Barenboim (born 1942 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) has served as the orchestra’s general music director. At numerous guest appearances that have brought the orchestra to the great European music centers, to Israel, the Far East, North and South America, the international top position of the orchestra has proved. The performance of all symphonies and piano concertos of Beethoven in Vienna, Paris, London, New York and Tokyo, and the cycles of symphonies of Schumann and Brahms, the ten-part cycle of all important stage works by Wagner, and the performance of Wagner’s “Ring” cycle in Japan 2002 are some of the most outstanding events. 2007 the symphonies and orchestral songs of Gustav Mahler were performed under the batons of Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez at Philharmonie Berlin. This ten-part cycle was also performed at Vienna’s Musikverein as well as New York’s Carnegie Hall. Highlights in recent time were a nine-part cycle with symphonies by Anton Bruckner in Vienna (June 2012) and concert performances of Wagner’s “Ring” during the Proms in London (Summer 2013). The celebrated Bruckner cycle was 2016 and 2017 presented again in Suntory Hall Tokyo as well in Carnegie Hall New York and in Philharmonie Paris.
A constantly growing number of recordings in both the operatic and symphonic repertoires documents the work of Staatskapelle Berlin. Most recently, recordings of all nine Bruckner symphonies, of the piano concertos by Chopin, Liszt and Brahms as well as large symphonic works by Strauss and Elgar were released. In addition several opera productions were produced among them Wagner’s “Tannhäuser”, “Parsifal” and “Tristan and Isolde”, Verdi’s “Il trovatore” and “Falstaff”, Berg’s “Lulu”, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “The Tsar’s Bride”, Schumann’s “Scenes from Goethe‘s Faust” (all under the baton of Daniel Barenboim) as well as Strauss’s “Rosenkavalier” (with Zubin Mehta conducting). On the occasion of the 450th birthday of Staatskapelle Berlin, a CD edition with “Great Recordings” under the batons of important conductors was published as well as a book and an exhibition promoting the long and rich history of the orchestra. For more information, please visit: www.staatskapelle-berlin.de/en/.
ABOUT DANIEL BARENBOIM
Daniel Barenboim is one of today’s most outstanding artists. As a pianist and conductor, he has been active for decades in major cities across Europe and all around the world; as the initiator of several highly acclaimed projects, he has contributed decisively to international music life.
Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942. He gave his first public concert when he was seven. In 1952, he moved with his parents to Israel. At age eleven, Daniel Barenboim took part in conducting classes in Salzburg under Igor Markevitch. In 1955 and 1956, he studied harmony and composition with Nadia Boulanger in Paris. Since the 1950s he has regularly toured Europe and the United States, but also South America, Australia, and the Far East.
Ever since his conducting debut in 1967 in London with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim has been in great demand with leading orchestras around the world. Between 1975 and 1989, he was chief conductor of the Orchestre de Paris. From 1991 until 2006, Daniel Barenboim was Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. His debut as an opera conductor he gave at the Edinburgh Festival 1973. Over a period of eighteen years, from 1981 until 1999, he was active as conductor of the Bayreuth Festival.
From the end of 1991 until January 2023, Daniel Barenboim was General Music Director of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. In 2000, the Staatskapelle Berlin voted him chief-conductor-for-life. Both, in the opera as well as on the concert stage, Daniel Barenboim and the Staatskapelle Berlin have acquired a large repertoire, especially great work cycles which they presented in Berlin and worldwide. Beside the great classic-romantic repertoire, they continue to focus on modern and contemporary music. A constantly growing number of CD and DVD recordings document this close artistic partnership.
In 1999, Daniel Barenboim founded together with the Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said the West-Eastern Divan Workshop, which brings together young musicians from Israel and the Arab countries to play music together. Since this time, the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra has developed into a celebrated ensemble with performances in many musical centers in Europe and the world. Since 2015, talented young musicians from the Middle East also study at the Barenboim-Said Akademie in Berlin, another initiative founded by Daniel Barenboim. In 2016, this university for music and the humanities started enrolling up to 90 students in a four-year bachelor program. It is housed in the same building as the academy is the Frank Gehry-designed Pierre Boulez Hall that enriches Berlin’s musical life since 2017.
Daniel Barenboim was honored with numerous important international prizes and has published several books. For more information, please visit: www.danielbarenboim.com.
Daniel Barenboim (c) Holger Kettner