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Kinderfaschingskonzert
© Matthias Krug

Young People's Concerts

With music teaching in primary and secondary schools in marked decline, the Bamberg Symphony's educational work is becoming ever more important. For over a decade the Orchestra has offered special concert formats for children and young people, opened its rehearsals to groups of youngsters and has brought instruments and repertoire into classes of all ages under the banner »Music You Can Touch«. Since the 2014/15 season, the Bamberg Symphony has been partner of the pilot academy »Kultur Am Heidelsteig«, a Bamberg primary and secondary school with a social focus which is working with the City's Culture and Education Department to become one of Bavaria's first culture academies.

The Education Team of the Bamberg Symphony

For years, our Orchestra has given children and young people of all ages special access to rehearsals and concerts. The musicians on our Education Team not only supervise these events but also plan them – it's education work which reaches out from our Orchestra's heart to the world’s most critical audience, and the readiest to be enchanted!

Education-Team der Bamberger Symphoniker
© Matthias Krug

Family Concerts

Our child-friendly Family Concerts last up to 60 minutes and are aimed at musical »beginners« aged 4 years and upwards, accompanied by parents, grandparents and siblings. Tickets € 5,00 (reduced) / € 10,00 (regular)

Saturday, 3 December 2016, 11 am and 3 pm
Modest Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Juri Tetzlaff  narrator

»Night-time at the Museum«
A walk through a museum at night… when suddenly the pictures come to life! A bustling marketplace full of people, tiny chicks in their eggshells, eerie corpses down in the catacombs, the witch Baba Yaga: they all leap out of the picture-frames and come so close the audience could touch them.

The concert is hosted by presenter Juri Tetzlaff, best known to young viewers from the kids’ channel KiKa and from previous Bamberg Symphony family concerts. For this one, he’s chosen the theme »Pictures at an Exhibition – Night-time at the Museum« and come up with a clever programme for children aged between 4 and 11, plus their families. Taking the conductor’s podium will be a very special young star: Kah Chun Wong, winner of our May 2016 conducting competition »The Mahler Competition«.

Juri Tetzlaff
© Ulrich Hartmann

Carnival concert for the whole family
Sunday, 26 February 2017, 11 am

»Animal Carnival« after Camille Saint-Saëns

Marko Simsa  Narrator

It’s not only the two baby apes who are dead excited – the other animals are also really looking forward to today: the Carnival of the Animals is being celebrated. No one wants to miss this one-off party: elephants, apes, lions, kangaroos, cockerels, fishes, donkeys, tortoises… they’re all here! There’ll be music and dancing and even magic tricks on the programme, so everything’s set for some top entertainment.

Marko Simsa, Austria’s well-known musician and children’s author, will tell a new story to go with Camille Saint-Saëns’ famous piece, and he’ll be inviting our young audience to join in and not hold back: dancing with the elephants, hopping with the kangaroos, roaring with the lions... – it’s going to be something really special for all music fans and animal lovers. Dressing up is specifically requested!

Marco Simsa
© Beate Hofstadler

Family Concert
Saturday, 27 May 2017, 11 am

»das kleine ICH BIN ICH« by Georg Friedrich Haas (German premiere)
Commissioned by Internationale Sommerakademie Universität Mozarteum Salzburg and Bamberg Symphony

Duncan Ward  Conductor
Georg Friedrich Haas  Narrator

It was the frog who messed everything up – with a very simple question: »So who are you?« What’s a small, colourful animal supposed to answer? It just doesn’t know its name, let alone what it is... In its quest for the answer, the animal without a name sets off on a long journey, experiencing rejection, unfriendliness and ridicule, but also receiving offers of help and goodwill, and finally learns the answer, which no other animal could have told it: »I’m me!«

The Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas has turned the classic 1972 children’s book into a melodrama for children aged 4 to 10, which is getting its German premiere with the Bamberg Symphony. On the podium is the young British conductor Duncan Ward.

© Maurice Foxall

Subscription Series for Schoolchildren

Our subscription series for schoolchildren offers five specially chosen full symphony concerts, including music from the classics to the moderns, for just €30.

Friday, 30 September 2016, 19.30

Edgard Varèse  »Tuning Up« for Orchestra
Jan Václav Voříšek  Symphony D major op. 24
Gustav Mahler  Symphony No. 1 D major
Jakub Hrůša  Conductor


Saturday, 17 December 2016, 19.30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Symphony No. 31 D major KV 297 »Paris«
Maurice Ravel  Concerto for piano and orchestra G major
Claude Debussy  Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
George Gershwin  An American in Paris
Louis Langrée  Conductor
Claire-Marie Le Guay  Piano


Friday, 13 January 2017, 19.30

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  Ouverture of »Don Giovanni« KV 527
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy  Concerto for violin and orchestra E minor op. 64
Gustav Mahler  Symphony No. 5 C sharp minor
Christoph Eschenbach  Conductor
Ye-Eun Choi  Violin

Friday, 07 April 2017, 19.30

Edward Elgar  »The Dream of Gerontius« for Mezzosoprano, Tenor, Bass, Chorus and Orchestra op. 38
David Zinman  Conductor
Alice Coote  Mezzosoprano
Paul Appleby  Tenor
N.N.  Bass
Bamberg Symphony Chorus


Friday, 09 June 2017, 19.30

Ludwig van Beethoven  Symphony No. 1 C major op. 21
Igor Strawinsky  Concerto for violin and orchestra D major
Ludwig van Beethoven  Symphony No. 2 D major op. 36
Santtu-Matias Rouvali  Conductor
Julian Rachlin  Violin


»Slam Symphony«

As we're based in Bavaria's poetry slam and spoken word capital it's only natural to put on a performance that mixes electrifying music and live spoken word. Three of Germany’s top slammers face each other on stage to perform texts they've created specially for this concert – the audience decides the winner!

Tickets € 10,- (reduced) / € 20,-

Friday, 9 December 2016, 7 pm

Slam Symphony – Young People's Concert with Slam Poetry on Prokoviev's »Romeo and Juliet«
Slam contributions from Dalibor Markovič, Pauline Füg and Bas Böttcher

Nikolaj Znaider Conductor

Once again, a key example of the so-called »symphonic poem« sets the scene for the slam. The topic this time is what moves mankind since ancient times: love. Precisely: the love between Romeo and Juliet in the musical version by Sergey Prokoviev.

Slam Symphony 2014
© Matthias Krug

Student Concerts

With their fun but informative presentation, the Bamberg Symphony's student concerts have long been cult favourites.

Tickets € 10,- (reduced) / € 20,- (advance booking and at the evening's box office)

Friday, 9 December 2016, 7 pm

Slam Symphony – Young People's Concert with Slam Poetry on Prokoviev's »Romeo and Juliet«
Slam contributions from Dalibor Markovič, Pauline Füg and Bas Böttcher

Nikolaj Znaider Conductor


Saturday, 4 March 2017, 7 pm

Guest orchestra: Junge Deutsche Philharmonie

Maurice Ravel  Valses nobles et sentimentales
Gustav Mahler  Kindertotenlieder
Dmitri Schostakowitsch  Symphony No. 15 A major op. 141

Jonathan Nott  Conductor
Michelle Breedt  Mezzosoprano

Thursday, 27 April 2017, 7 pm

Unsuk Chin  »Šu«, Concerto for Sheng and Orchestra
Toshio Hosokawa  Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (World Premiere of a commission by the Bamberg Symphony and Kölner Philharmonie)
Thierry Escaich  Concerto for Violin, Oboe and Orchestra

Jakub Hrůša  Conductor
Christian Schmitt  Organ
Lisa Batiashvili  Violin
François Leleux  Oboe