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The Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle's  Live Cinema Debut in London: A live  relay of the 2010/2011 season's opening concert, The Odeon, Covent Garden, Friday 27th August at 5.45pm (BK)

The Berliner Philharmoniker’s opening concert of the 2010/2011 season, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, will be beamed live via satellite to the ODEON Covent Garden on Friday, August 27th at 5:45 pm.  For further information and tickets, please go to or call 0871 244 1891. Other participating UK cinemas outside of London include Haslemere Hall, a community cinema in Haslemere, Surrey.  Tel: 01428 642161.

Over 60 other cinemas across Europe will be part of this historic live cinema event, courtesy of Rising Alternative, a leading international distributor of special event entertainment into cinemas.  Full cinema listings can be found at: The concert will be performed at the orchestra’s home venue, the Philharmonie in Berlin and will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 in B flat major and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 in D major.  Not only does this concert with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle open the new season, it also marks the start of an ambitious artistic project: the performance of all of Gustav Mahler’s symphonies by the end of 2011. With this series, the orchestra and its conductor pay tribute to two Mahler anniversaries: 7 July 2010 is the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth and 18 May 2011 will be the centenary of his death.

Founded in 1882, the Berliner Philharmoniker is one of the world’s leading orchestras, renowned for important innovations such as the education project, Zukunft@Bphil,  through which the orchestra addresses a broad public – young people in particular.  For this commitment, the Berliner Philharmoniker and Simon Rattle were appointed international UNICEF Ambassadors in November 2007.  They are the first artistic ensemble to receive this honour.

Sir Simon Rattle was born in Liverpool and studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London.  He assumed the post of Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker in September 2002.  Between 1980 and 1998, Rattle was Principal Conductor, Artistic Adviser and Music Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Mahler’s symphonic œuvre is of particular significance for the relationship between Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker. Not only was a Mahler symphony – the Sixth – performed at Rattle’s Berlin debut in November 1987 but also at his inaugural concert as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor inSeptember 2002, when the Fifth was played. For further details on the Berliner Philharmoniker opening concert, please go to:

A trailer for this concert featuring a welcome message from Sir Simon Rattle is available on YouTube:

About the technology:

The production of this cinema event is made possible by the Berliner Philharmoniker’s in-house high definition state-of-the-art recording and studio technology, used for their Digital Concert Hall which is exclusively supported by Deutsche Bank and has been broadcasting the Berliner Philharmoniker’s current and archive concerts since 2009. The orchestra’s Aug 27th opening concert will be shown in cinemas in high definition quality, live via satellite systems and digital cinema projectors.  Digital cinema and satellite technology is providing cinema owners, distributors and the entertainment industry at large with new programming opportunities – the ability to show alternative content (non-movie entertainment). Cinemas are becoming vibrant entertainment centres, as well as movie houses.

About Rising Alternative:

Rising Alternative, based in New York, is a leading distributor/agent of special event entertainment (alternative content) for cinemas.  Rising Alternative acquires, distributes and markets world-class live and pre-recorded cultural content, including opera, ballet and concerts to cinemas worldwide. The upcoming slate of events includes highly anticipated performances from La Scala/Milan, Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker/Vienna, the Salzburg Festival , the  Gran Teatre del Liceu/Barcelona, Teatro Real/Madrid, San Francisco Opera and the Munich Opera Festival. The company was created by Giovanni Cozzi, a co-founder of Emerging Pictures, the U.S. digital art house cinema network.

Bill Kenny

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