At the Berliner Philharmonie
Located in Potzdamer Platz, the Berliner Philharmonie is one of the “world champions” of orchestras with principal conductor Sir Simon Rattle. Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado are among the great conductors that have led this Grammy Award-winning orchestra.
I went on a whim so I had no idea what the orchestra was going to be performing that night. Since programs were printed in German and cost 3 euros, I did not buy one. The program, which I found the next day, is featured in the third photograph.
The good news was that it was not sold out and student tickets were available for 15 euros.
Major differences between orchestra performances (Philadelphia Orchestra) in the US and this performance:
1. Program booklets were not free.
2. Seating was only 20 minutes before the start of the show.
3. Half of the orchestra members assembled onto the stage in the middle of a piece.
4. The conductor did his walk on walk off dance after the completion of every work as opposed to the US (Philadelphia Orchestra) where the conductor does that dance only after the completion of the whole concert.
5. The ushers do not show guests to their seats.
6. The conductor received a bunch of roses at the completion of the concert. (It may happen in the US but I have only seen soloists receive roses after a show.)