More about your concert

Before or after, either informatively, playfully or interactively: for an entire range of concerts, we offer you the option to learn more about the works performed and the composers, thus enabling you to intensify your concert experience. 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.

Introductions begin one hour before the concert and last 30 to 40 minutes. They take place at various locations; please note the information provided at concerts.

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!

The headphone symbol shows you for which concerts audio introductions are available.

Ludwig van Beethoven

Klavierkonzert Nr. 3 c-Moll op. 37

Franz Berwald

Traumreise Lieder für Sopran und Orchester

Anton Bruckner

Sinfonie Nr. 8 c-Moll

Gustav Mahler
 

Sinfonie Nr. 1 D-Dur

Gustav Mahler

Sinfonie Nr. 4 G-Dur

Gustav Mahler

Sinfonie Nr. 9 D-Dur

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 Klangraum and last for one hour.

April 2019
05.
Fri
18H
May
10.
Fri
18H
June
14.
Fri
18H
November 2018
16.
Fri
18H
January 2019
18.
Fri
18H

Surprise – Pre-concert with young musicians

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 p.m.

March 2019
14.
Thu
18H
April
12.
Fri
18H30
June
19.
Wed
18H
December 2018
05.
Wed
18H30
Samuel Niederhauser Violoncello Elena Vartikian Klavier
January 2019
10.
Thu
18H30

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, 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 Tonhalle Maag foyer and lasts approximately 30 minutes.

February 2019
03.
Sun
19H
26.
Tue
21H
March
31.
Sun
19H
April
05.
Fri
21H
May
10.
Fri
21H
June
14.
Fri
21H
October 2018
12.
Fri
21H
November
29.
Thu
21H
December
16.
Sun
19H
January 2019
18.
Fri
21H

Café at 4 – Introduction to Chamber Music at 5

Before our Sunday chamber music concerts at the Johanneskirche church in Zurich, from 4 p.m. you are welcome for coffee, cakes and biscuits, and informal conversations with musicians from the Orchestra.

Chamber Music at 5

Tours

Let us take you behind the scenes of the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich. Join us and discover the Tonhalle Maag on a tour, learn about the orchestra’s history and day-to-day life. Individual guided tours for adults or children are also available on request.

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