More about your concert

Your evening with us doesn't have to start in the concert hall. Discover our introductory events around your concert visit - live or online.

To find out which concerts will feature accompanying events, please see the concert calendar.

Introduction – the classic

For those who would like to know more about the works performed, there are spoken introductions to several concerts each season. Musicologists talk about the compositions and the period in which they were written, and explain the musical and historical context. Sound samples will get you in the mood for the programme.

The Introduction begins 45 minutes before the concert and lasts 20 to 30 minutes. It takes place at the Kleine Tonhalle.

We offer an introduction at the following concerts:

October 2022
Thu 27. Oct
19.30

Paavo Järvi mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Rudolf Buchbinder Klavier Pärt, Beethoven, Bruckner
Fri 28. Oct
19.30

Paavo Järvi mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Rudolf Buchbinder Klavier Pärt, Beethoven, Bruckner
December
Thu 08. Dec
19.30

Herbert Blomstedt mit Berwald

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Herbert Blomstedt Conductor Berwald, Schubert
Fri 09. Dec
19.30

Herbert Blomstedt mit Berwald

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Herbert Blomstedt Conductor Berwald, Schubert
January 2023
Thu 19. Jan
19.30

Chen Reiss singt Mendelssohn

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte, Chen Reiss Sopran, Marie Henriette Reinhold Sopran, Patrick Grahl Tenor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Tüür, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Fri 20. Jan
19.30

Chen Reiss singt Mendelssohn

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte, Chen Reiss Sopran, Marie Henriette Reinhold Sopran, Patrick Grahl Tenor, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Tüür, Mendelssohn Bartholdy
June
Fri 16. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi dirigiert «Fidelio»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Jacquelyn Wagner Sopran – Leonore, Michael Schade Tenor – Florestan, Christof Fischesser Bass – Rocco, Katharina Konradi Sopran – Marzelline, Patrick Grahl Tenor – Jaquino, Shenyang Bassbariton – Don Pizarro, Jan Martinik Bariton – Don Fernando, Peter Simonischek Sprecher, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Ben Hurkmans Dramaturgie, Eva Buchmann Konzept, Regie Beethoven
Sun 18. Jun
17.00

Paavo Järvi dirigiert «Fidelio»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Jacquelyn Wagner Sopran – Leonore, Michael Schade Tenor – Florestan, Christof Fischesser Bass – Rocco, Katharina Konradi Sopran – Marzelline, Patrick Grahl Tenor – Jaquino, Shenyang Bassbariton – Don Pizarro, Jan Martinik Bariton – Don Fernando, Peter Simonischek Sprecher, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Ben Hurkmans Dramaturgie, Eva Buchmann Konzept, Regie Beethoven
May 2022
Thu 19. May
19.30

Kian Soltani mit Dvořáks Cellokonzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Kian Soltani Violoncello Dvořák, Smirnov, Lutosławski
Fri 20. May
19.30

Kian Soltani mit Dvořáks Cellokonzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Kian Soltani Violoncello Dvořák, Smirnov, Lutosławski
June
Wed 15. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi und Igor Levit

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Igor Levit Klavier Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith
Fri 17. Jun
19.30

NEW: Paavo Järvi and Kirill Gerstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Kirill Gerstein Klavier Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith

Short introductions

You want to go to the concert well prepared with the most important facts about the programme? We have designed the new short introduction for you, in which the most important facts about the works performed are presented briefly, compactly and clearly.

The short introduction begins 30 minutes before the concert and lasts 15 minutes. It takes place in the concert foyer.

We offer a short introduction at the following concerts:

September 2022
Wed 21. Sep
19.30

Hilary Hahn spielt Sibelius

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Hilary Hahn Violine Nielsen, Sibelius, Prokofjew
Thu 22. Sep
19.30

Hilary Hahn spielt Sibelius

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Hilary Hahn Violine Nielsen, Sibelius, Prokofjew
November
Sat 05. Nov
18.30

Janine Jansen spielt Bernstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
Sun 06. Nov
17.00

Janine Jansen spielt Bernstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
December
Thu 15. Dec
19.30

Martin Grubinger am Schlagzeug

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor, Martin Grubinger Schlagzeug Bjarnason, Sibelius
Fri 16. Dec
19.30

Martin Grubinger am Schlagzeug

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor, Martin Grubinger Schlagzeug Bjarnason, Sibelius
January 2023
Fri 13. Jan
19.30

Omer Meir Wellber mit Prokofjew

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Omer Meir Wellber Conductor, Daniel Ciobanu Klavier, Ekaterina Sergeeva Mezzosopran, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Martina Batič Einstudierung Prokofjew
Fri 27. Jan
19.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz, Brahms
Sat 28. Jan
18.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz, Brahms
February
Thu 09. Feb
19.30

Franz-Welser Möst mit Schubert und Strauss

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Franz Welser-Möst Conductor Schubert, Strauss
Fri 10. Feb
19.30

Franz-Welser Möst mit Schubert und Strauss

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Franz Welser-Möst Conductor Schubert, Strauss
March
Thu 23. Mar
19.30

Fazil Say spielt Mozart

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Fazıl Say Klavier Mozart, Strauss
April
Wed 26. Apr
19.30

David Zinman mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman Conductor Bruckner
Thu 27. Apr
19.30

David Zinman mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, David Zinman Conductor Bruckner
May
Wed 10. May
19.30

Isabelle Faust spielt Brahms

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Philippe Herreweghe Conductor, Isabelle Faust Violine Brahms, Beethoven
June
Sat 03. Jun
18.30

Michael Tilson Thomas mit Mahler

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor Mahler
Sun 04. Jun
17.00

Michael Tilson Thomas mit Mahler

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Michael Tilson Thomas Conductor Mahler
Thu 29. Jun
19.30

Jakub Hrůša mit Hosokawa und Suk

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Christian Schmitt Orgel Hosokawa, Suk
Fri 30. Jun
19.30

Jakub Hrůša mit Hosokawa und Suk

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Christian Schmitt Orgel Hosokawa, Suk
May 2022
Wed 11. May
19.30

Jan Willem de Vriend – Mozart, Bach und Schubert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jan Willem de Vriend Conductor, Lucie Horsch Blockflöte Mozart, Bach, Schubert
Thu 12. May
19.30

Jan Willem de Vriend – Mozart, Bach und Schubert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jan Willem de Vriend Conductor, Lucie Horsch Blockflöte Mozart, Bach, Schubert
June
Wed 01. Jun
19.30

Herbert Blomstedt dirigiert Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Herbert Blomstedt Conductor Bruckner
Thu 02. Jun
19.30

Herbert Blomstedt dirigiert Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Herbert Blomstedt Conductor Bruckner
Wed 22. Jun
19.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert «Carmina Burana»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Alina Wunderlin Sopran, Max Emanuel Cencic Countertenor, Russell Braun Bariton, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Zürcher Sängerknaben, Konrad von Aarburg Einstudierung, Alphons von Aarburg Einstudierung Orff
Thu 23. Jun
19.30

«Carmina Burana»

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Cressida Sharp Sopran, Max Emanuel Cencic Countertenor, Russell Braun Bariton, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Florian Helgath Einstudierung, Zürcher Sängerknaben, Konrad von Aarburg Einstudierung, Alphons von Aarburg Einstudierung Orff

Intro – the audio introduction

A short talk about the compositions of the concert or with the artists of the evening - these are the audio introductions by and with our dramaturge Ulrike Thiele.

With the Intro, you can prepare for the concert in peace at home – or even shortly before, on your way there. It provides background information on the works in the evening's programme, curiosities or key musical moments.

One week before the concert, the intro is available online. You can listen to all the intros of the current season here.

Surprise with ZHdK students

Five times each season, Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) students provide a musical introduction to the concert.
These half-hour chamber music «pre-programmes» refer to the works performed at the concert itself.

The introductions start at 6.30 p.m at the Kleine Tonhalle. They will take place at the following concerts:

October 2022
Thu 06. Oct
19.30

Debüt von Cristian Măcelaru

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lucas & Arthur Jussen Klavierduo, Cristian Măcelaru Conductor, Lucas Jussen Klavier, Arthur Jussen Klavier, Christian Hartmann Pauke, Andreas Berger Schlagzeug, Klaus Schwärzler Schlagzeug Enescu, Bartók, Dvořák
January 2023
Thu 12. Jan
19.30

Omer Meir Wellber mit Prokofjew

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Omer Meir Wellber Conductor, Daniel Ciobanu Klavier, Ekaterina Sergeeva Mezzosopran, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Martina Batič Einstudierung Prokofjew
March
Thu 09. Mar
19.30

Gautier Capuçon spielt Elgar

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Christoph Eschenbach Conductor, Gautier Capuçon Violoncello Brahms, Elgar, Brahms
Thu 30. Mar
19.30

Yuja Wang spielt Rachmaninov

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Yuja Wang Klavier Hosokawa, Rachmaninow
May
Thu 11. May
19.30

Isabelle Faust spielt Brahms

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Philippe Herreweghe Conductor, Isabelle Faust Violine Brahms, Beethoven
April 2022
Fri 01. Apr
19.30

Galakonzert Freundeskreis

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Gil Shaham Violine Dvořák, Sibelius
June
Thu 16. Jun
19.30

Paavo Järvi und Igor Levit

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith

Prélude – Introduction to contemporary music

Let us smooth the way to fascinating new works in the repertoire. At our Préludes, we familiarise you with a specific work from the evening programme. Presenters from SRF 2 Kultur moderate discussions with the composer or performers, and music students from Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) present excerpts.

The Préludes begin at 6 p.m. in the Kleine Tonhalle and last for one hour. They will take place at the following concerts:

September 2022
Thu 15. Sep
19.30

Saisoneröffnung

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte Hosokawa, Bruckner
November
Fri 04. Nov
19.30

Galakonzert Freundeskreis

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Janine Jansen Violine Messiaen, Bernstein, Bruckner
December
Fri 02. Dec
19.30

SONIC MATTER – Carte blanche

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Peter Ruzicka Conductor, Nils Mönkemeyer Viola, Damen der Zürcher Sing-Akademie Chor, Florian Helgath Einstudierung Ruzicka, Enescu
March 2023
Thu 02. Mar
19.30

Kent Nagano mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Kent Nagano Conductor, Andreas Berger Perkussion, Benjamin Forster Perkussion, Christian Hartmann Perkussion, Klaus Schwärzler Perkussion Bach, Hosokawa, Bruckner
June
Thu 08. Jun
19.30

Frank Peter Zimmermann spielt Elgar

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Frank Peter Zimmermann Violine Elgar, Schostakowitsch
May 2022
Wed 18. May
19.30

Kian Soltani mit Dvořáks Cellokonzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Kian Soltani Violoncello Dvořák, Smirnov, Lutosławski

Finale – Interaction after the concert

Listen to expert opinions immediately after the concert, hear descriptions of personal experiences in the artistic process, and learn more about future projects of the artists and guest speakers.
After the concert, Executive and Artistic Director Ilona Schmiel receives the conductor, soloist, composer or other guest together with concertgoers for a discussion.

The finale starts directly after the concert in the concert foyer and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

September 2022
Fri 16. Sep
19.30

Saisoneröffnung

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Emmanuel Pahud Flöte Hosokawa, Bruckner
Thu 22. Sep
19.30

Hilary Hahn spielt Sibelius

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Hilary Hahn Violine Nielsen, Sibelius, Prokofjew
October
Thu 06. Oct
19.30

Debüt von Cristian Măcelaru

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Lucas & Arthur Jussen Klavierduo, Cristian Măcelaru Conductor, Lucas Jussen Klavier, Arthur Jussen Klavier, Christian Hartmann Pauke, Andreas Berger Schlagzeug, Klaus Schwärzler Schlagzeug Enescu, Bartók, Dvořák
December
Fri 16. Dec
19.30

Martin Grubinger am Schlagzeug

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jukka-Pekka Saraste Conductor, Martin Grubinger Schlagzeug Bjarnason, Sibelius
January 2023
Fri 13. Jan
19.30

Omer Meir Wellber mit Prokofjew

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Omer Meir Wellber Conductor, Daniel Ciobanu Klavier, Ekaterina Sergeeva Mezzosopran, Zürcher Sing-Akademie, Martina Batič Einstudierung Prokofjew
Fri 27. Jan
19.30

Freundeskreis-Konzert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Antoine Tamestit Viola Berlioz, Brahms
March
Fri 03. Mar
19.30

Kent Nagano mit Bruckner

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Kent Nagano Conductor, Andreas Berger Perkussion, Benjamin Forster Perkussion, Christian Hartmann Perkussion, Klaus Schwärzler Perkussion Bach, Hosokawa, Bruckner
Thu 23. Mar
19.30

Fazil Say spielt Mozart

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Fazıl Say Klavier Mozart, Strauss
April
Thu 20. Apr
19.30

Jan Willem de Vriend mit Bach

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jan Willem de Vriend Conductor, Matthias Havinga Orgel Bach
June
Thu 08. Jun
19.30

Frank Peter Zimmermann spielt Elgar

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Frank Peter Zimmermann Violine Elgar, Schostakowitsch
Fri 30. Jun
19.30

Jakub Hrůša mit Hosokawa und Suk

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jakub Hrůša Conductor, Christian Schmitt Orgel Hosokawa, Suk
May 2022
Thu 12. May
19.30

Jan Willem de Vriend – Mozart, Bach und Schubert

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Jan Willem de Vriend Conductor, Lucie Horsch Blockflöte Mozart, Bach, Schubert
June
Fri 17. Jun
19.30

NEW: Paavo Järvi and Kirill Gerstein

Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Paavo Järvi Music Director, Kirill Gerstein Klavier Bernstein, Gershwin, Hindemith

Tours before the concert

At our orchestra concerts on Wednesdays, you can discover the history and architecture of the Tonhalle Zurich with your ticket.

Information on registration and other public and individual tours can be found here.

Digitale Programmhefte

Unsere Programmhefte gibt es ab dieser Saison nur in digitaler Form (ausgewählte Konzerte ausgenommen). Sie finden das Programmheft als PDF eine Woche vor dem Konzert auf der jeweiligen Konzertseite oder hier in gesammelter Form. Gedruckte Programmblätter werden kostenlos vor dem Konzert abgegeben.

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