Are you looking for someone to go to the concert with you?
Some of our most faithful concertgoers, who have been coming to us at the Philharmonie for many years, can no longer join us. There are many reasons for that – including that getting to the venue is too difficult for them, or because they no longer feel safe out alone at night. Perhaps you are in a similar situation? In that case, we would like to reach out to you through our volunteer Concert Pals. A Concert Pal will accompany you to the Philharmonie and hear the concert with you on pre-reserved seats. In this manner, you can not only hear the music together, but getting to the concert is made easier for you: you will be picked up and accompanied to the concert on foot, by public transport or by car, and your Concert Pal will also see you home again. In order to find such a Concert Pal, please purchase a subscription for three concerts. The tickets for the volunteer Concert Pal are sponsored by the Gürzenich Orchestra Cologne. The subscription includes these concerts:
If you are looking for a fellow concertgoer or would like to volunteer as a Concert Pal, please contact Sara Wiesemann, the project leader.
You can also call +49 (221) 2597 1958,
Tue 9-11 am or
Thu and Fri 15:30-7 pm.
Out-and-About Concerts for Senior Citizens
The Gürzenich Orchestra plays for everyone, including those who can no longer come to its regular concerts. With its chamber ensembles, the orchestra is out and about, playing concerts at senior citizen residences. The programmes are as varied as the different instrumental formations. The musicians play classical pieces chosen among their repertoire favourites and also sing with the residents. All performances also feature a moderator, Christina von Richthofen.
All Cologne senior citizens’ institutions may apply to present a concert; please inquire by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing: the Orchestra
For the 13th time, the Gürzenich Orchestra and the Karl Rahner Akademie invite you to get to know musicians of the orchestra from unusual perspectives. How often does a harp have to be tuned, and how do you travel with such a large instrument? How stressful is the position of (associate) concertmaster? And what does a managing director do? In conversation with the invited musicians and staff, we will answer these and other questions which may arise during interaction with the audience.
Mo 03.02.2020, 10 - 12 Uhr
Karl Rahner Akademie
Gespräch mit Saskia Kwast, Harfe und Bálint Gyimesi, Klarinette, Mitglied der Orchesterakademie
Do 06.02.2020, 10 - 12.30 Uhr
Das Gürzenich-Orchester bei der Arbeit. Besuch einer Orchesterprobe unter der Leitung von François-Xavier Roth
Do 13.02.2020, 10 - 12 Uhr
Karl Rahner Akademie
Gespräch mit Anna Heygster, Stellvertretende Konzertmeisterin, und Stefan Englert, Geschäftsführender Direktor
In Zusammenarbeit mit