Elbphilharmonie has released the programme for its third season, which features a focus on Polish music, the work of Charles Ives, a number of major international orchestras, and a festival curated by American artist Laurie Anderson.
Poland is celebrating 100 years of independence in 2018, with Elbphilharmonie paying tribute through performances of Chopin, Krzysztof Penderecki, Karol Szymanowski and Witold Lutosławski. A highlight is Lutosławski’s Cello Concerto (13, 14 and 16 September) led by NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra artist in residence Nicolas Altstaedt.
Boston Symphony Orchestra under Andris Nelsons will perform on 5 September, while Kent Nagano conducts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on 13 March, 2019. Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Swedish Radio Symphony, Budapest Festival, Munich Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestra London are also booked.
In October Elbphilharmonie offers five concerts dedicated to the work of Charles Ives. On 1 October Pierre-Laurent Aimard performs his Piano Sonata No 2, while on 8 October Kent Nagano conducts Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra through Symphony No 4.
Elsewhere, Laurie Anderson presents a festival of her favourite artists and ideas next February as part of Elbphilharmonie’s Reflector series. Full details are yet to be released, although Anderson will perform her own work on 27 February. Nils Frahm will also offer a reflector programme.
The season opening concert takes place on 1 September and sees NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Urbański perform works by Ravel and Connesson.