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.
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.
Introductions begin 45 minutes before the concert and last 20 to 30 minutes. They take place at various locations; meeting point is at the concert foyer.
Kurzeinführungen – das Wichtigste, kurz und kompakt
Sie wollen gut vorbereitet mit den wichtigsten Fakten zum Programm in das Konzert gehen? Für Sie haben wir die neue Kurzeinführung konzipiert, in der Ihnen das Wichtigste zu den gespielten Werke kurz, kompakt und anschaulich nähergebracht wird.
Die Kurzeinführungen beginnen jeweils 30 Minuten vor dem Konzert und dauert eine Viertelstunde. Sie findet an verschiedenen Orten statt, Treffpunkt ist das Konzertfoyer.
Intro for Headphones – short and concise
You can think of our audio introductions in German as short radio broadcasts about musical works. You will find background information, learn unexpected facts and discover key musical moments in selected works at Audio Intro on our website at least one week before the concert. You can thus immerse yourself in the music for a few minutes – either relaxing at home or while out and about – and enjoy the concert even more. And you can listen to it later, too!
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.
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 or Concert Foyer and last for one hour.
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.