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“Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner” by Omer Meir Wellber
September 27, 2019

On 14 October 2019 the conductor Omer Meir Wellber will publish his literary debut “Die vier Ohnmachten des Chaim Birkner”, which will be published in German by BerlinVerlag.  Learn more about the book here!


“Chaim Birkner is 108 years old, the oldest man in Israel. But he’s not celebrating, he decides to move back to Hungary, the country he fled, into his parents‘ apartment in Budapest he could never sell. That’s where his father and he “rescued” two Torah roles from the synagogue, that’s where he grew up with the neighbour girl Leon, the yellow tree, the sordid dealings of his father …

Ever since he came to Israel in 1944 he has been lying his way through life, avoiding everything and everyone. Of all people it is, now, his neglected daughter Sharon who forces him to face life at least once… This is the novel of a tired and desperate man, confronting us with a history of Israel nobody ever dares to tell.”


Video livestream today (13 September) at 4:30 UK time: Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic
September 13, 2019

Please join us today at 4:30 pm (UK time) for Omer Meir Wellber‘s concert as newly appointed Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, the home of the orchestra, and experience a unique adaptation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons (2. Summer) with mandolinist Jacob Reuven and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 12 directed from the piano by Wellber with an interesting twist: improvising the cadenzas with musicians from the orchestra as well as for Schumann and Schönberg.





Watch the worldwide livestream today at 4.30 p.m. (UK time) here or www.bbc.co.uk/philharmonic as well as on MediaCityUK big outdoor screen; catch-up stream also viewable any time after that.


Omer Meir Wellber and the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester
September 9, 2019

On 13 September 2019, Omer Meir Wellber, the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, will conduct works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Schönberg and Schuhmann.


Previously, on 12 September, he leads the launch of BBC Education’s music education campaign Bring the Noise, which aims to bring children closer to the joy of making music.


13 September Manchester, MediaCityUK

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concert

Vivaldi: Four Seasons (Summer)

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 12 K.414

Schoenberg: Five Orchestra Pieces Op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Jacob Reuven – Mandolin


Further information can be found here!


Omer Meir Wellber – BBC Proms Concerts – Press and Stream on Demand
August 7, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber’s concerts at the BBC Proms as the new Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic were praised highly by the British Press.


Thanks to BBC Radio 3, the broadcast of those concerts can still be listened to online for another two and three weeks.


Prom 7:

23 July – London, Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15 KV 450

Ben-Haim: Symphony No. 1

Schönberg: Fünf Orchesterstücke op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Yeol Eum Son – Piano

stream on demand until 21 August


Prom 14:

29 July – London, Royal Albert Hall – BBC Proms

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Haydn: The Creation

Sarah-Jane Brandon – Sopran, Benjamin Hulett – Tenor, Christoph Pohl – Bariton

BBC Proms Youth Choir

stream on demand until 27 August


Omer Meir Wellber on tour with Hilary Hahn and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
July 15, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber will conduct works by i.a. Bach and Schubert together with violinist Hilary Hahn and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen at various renowned festivals in Germany, Spain and Switzerland.


Concert dates and further information:


22 August Kloster Eberbach, Basilika Rheingau Musik Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Bach: selected chorales

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


23 August Lübeck, Musik- und Kongresshalle Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


24 August Flensburg, Deutsches Haus Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


27 August San Sebastián, Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastián Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 4

Hilary Hahn – Violin


29 August Gstaad, Kirche Saanen Gstaad Festival

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Bach: selected chorales

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


31 August Redefin, Landgestüt Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Otto: Contrapunctus I (Orchestration of Contrapunctus I from Bach’s “Die Kunst der Fuge” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 1 A minor

Sadikova: Mirroring Contrapunctus for orchestra (orchestration of the Contrapunctus XII from Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” BWV 1080)

Bach: Violin Concerto No. 2 E major

Schubert: Symphony No. 3 D Major D 200

Hilary Hahn – Violin


Omer Meir Wellber at the Bach Festival in Leipzig
June 13, 2019

On 18 June 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a special project on The Art of the Fugue by J. S. Bach at the Bach Festival in Leipzig’s Thomaskirche with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.


The composers of the project are:


Maximilian Otto – Fugue 1

Peter Tornyai – Fugue 5

Carlo Boccadoro – Fugue 7

Sven-David Sandström – Joint 8

Ferran Cruixent – Fugue 9

Bernd Franke – Fugue 11

Aziza Sadikova – Fugue 12

Ella Milk Sheriff – Fugue 14


Omer Meir Wellber himself says about the project: “The Art of the Fugue« has been a fountain of inspiration and continues to be. Composers from all over the globe chose and orchestrated Fuges, dialoging with Bach through new orchestral perspectives. This project is about cultural immigration: we bring the world into the core of the European musical tradition, a dialog through sound and color.”


No 75 Incomplete perfection

– J. S. Bach: The Art of the Fugue, in new arrangements

– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Christus (Fragment)

– F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy: Wie der Hirsch schreit nach frischem Wasser


Debut at the BBC Proms
April 17, 2019

On 23 and 29 July, Omer Meir Wellber, designated Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, will conduct his debut concerts at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


On the program will be the following :


23 July, London, Royal Albert Hall

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 15, KV 450

Ben Haim: Symphony No. 1

Schönberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra op. 16

Schumann: Symphony No. 4


29 July, London, Royal Albert Hall

Haydn: The Creation



Find here further information about the concerts.

Symphonic Concerts in Dresden
April 9, 2019

Principal Guest Conductor Omer Meir Wellber will conduct two symphonic concerts with the Staatskapelle Dresden on 14 and 15 April. On the program will be works by Haydn and Górecki.


Find more information on this here.


ARTE Concert Stream - Omer Meir Wellber's Elbphilharmonie debut
March 28, 2019

On Thursday, 21 March, Omer Meir Wellber conducted his debut concert in the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg with the NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra, with works by Haydn, Schnitte and Tchaikovsky.


The concert was streamed live on ARTE Concert and is now available for 90 days. Click here.


Guest with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra and debut in the Elbphilharmonie
March 18, 2019

From Thursday, 21 March, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct concerts with the NDR Elbphilharmonie and will have his debut at the rostrum of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. He and the orchestra will present works by Tchaikovsky, Haydn and Schnittke.


The concert on 21 March will be streamed live on ARTE Concert. The concert stream will then be available for 90 days. Click here.


Furthermore, Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at the German popular TV show DAS! in the North German TV channel NDR. You can watch live on Wednesday, 20 March from 18.45 – 19.30 German time. Click here for further information.


Omer Meir Wellber conducts symphonic concert in Palermo
March 8, 2019

On 9 March, Omer Meir Wellber will conduct a symphonic concert with the Orchestra del Teatro Massimo in Palermo. On the program will be works by Rimsky-Korsakov and Prokofiev. Soloists are pianist Daniel Ciobanu as well as mezzo soprano Ekaterina Seergeva.


Find here further information on the concert.


In January 2020 he will take up the position of Music Director of the Teatro Massimo in Palermo


Omer Meir Wellber conducts Tannhäuser at Semperoper Dresden
February 14, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber conducts the revival performances of Wagner's Tannhäuser on Sunday, 17 February at the Semperoper Dresden. Further performances take place on 2 and 10 March 2019.


Those will be Omer Meir Wellber's first opera performances, since he became Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper in September 2018.


Find further information on the Tannhäuser here.


Omer Meir Wellber at Isrotel ClassiCameri Festival in Eilat/Israel
January 4, 2019

Omer Meir Wellber is currently staying in Eilat in South Israel to conduct and host the Isrotel ClassiCameri Festival together with Raanana Symphonette.

The festival runs from 2 - 5 January 2019.

You can find further information on this festival here


BBC Radio 3 broadcasts concert with Omer Meir Wellber, 18 Dec
December 17, 2018

On 18 December, you can listen on air to Omer Meir Wellber's first concert with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra from Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, which took place on 6 October 2018. The concert will be aired on BBC Radio 3 at 14.00 (GMT). You can listen here to the livestream of the radio channel online.


In July 2019, Omer Meir Wellber will be Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.



Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at the MET
October 26, 2018

Omer Meir Wellber is currently rehearsing in New York City at the Metropolitan Opera, where he will conduct performances of Bizet’s Carmen from 30 October.  With those he will give his debut at the MET.


Find here further information on those performances.


Appointed new Chief Conductor of BBC Philharmonic
October 4, 2018

Omer Meir Wellber has been appointed as the BBC Philharmonic’s new Chief Conductor. He takes up the post in September 2019 and his initial contract is for four years.


Omer Meir Wellber, 36, will conduct the orchestra in its concert series at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as at the BBC Proms in London and on international tours. All the concerts are recorded or broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. He will also give concerts around the North and beyond including in Leeds, Stoke on Trent and Nottingham.


His first appearance at the helm of the BBC Philharmonic will also be his debut at the 2019 season of the BBC Proms in London, and his first Manchester concert as Chief Conductor will be in September 2019.

Commenting on the appointment Simon Webb, General Manager of the BBC Philharmonic says: “Having seen Omer conducting a number of orchestras over the last year I have been fortunate to have experienced his brilliance first hand in a wide range of repertoire. His immediate connection with the BBC Philharmonic was evident in his first concert and we are now delighted to have secured one of the most sought after young conductors of his generation.”


Omer Meir Wellber adds: “I first worked with the BBC Philharmonic in March and knew straight away that they were a very special group of people and exceptional musicians. Manchester and the whole region is an incredibly rich area culturally, so I can hardly wait to start planning seasons to come."


The BBC Philharmonic is one of the UK’s finest orchestras. It performs its main concert series at the prestigious Bridgewater Hall in Manchester as well as giving live, free concerts in its own international standard recording studio at MediaCityUK in Salford as part of the BBC’s Northern headquarters.


Conducting Bernstein at Gewandhausorchestra in Leipzig
September 18, 2018

Conductor Omer Meir Wellber will again be guest at Gewandhausorchestra Leipzig and will, among others, conduct Leonard Bernstein’s Facsimile, a choreographed and seldomly performed work for orchestra, together with ballet dancers from the Musikalische Komödie Leipzig.


Find here further information on the concerts on 20 and 21 September.


You can listen to the concert on Thursday, 20 September as live broadcast on MDR Kultur at 20.05. Click here for more details.


Omer Meir Wellber’s debut at the Lucerne Festival
September 11, 2018

On Saturday, 15 September, Omer Meir Wellber will give his debut at the Lucerne Festival – together with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra he will give concerts in Lucerne, as well as at the Dortmund Concert House and Birmingham.


Find here an overview of the concerts with the CBSO:


12 September

Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Bartok: Violin concerto No. 1

Dvorak: Ouverture “Otello”


Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “Symphony of the new world”

Gidon Kremer – Violin


13 September

Birmingham

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Dvorak: Ouverture “Otello”

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “Symphony of the new world”
    

Jan Lisiecki – Piano


15 September

Luzern, KKL Luzern Konzertsaal     Lucerne Festival

s. 12 September


16 September

Dortmund, Konzerthaus

s. 13 September


Omer Meir Wellber becomes Music Director of Teatro Massimo in Palermo from January 202
July 30, 2018

From January 2020 the conductor Omer Meir Wellber will be Music Director of the Fondazione Teatro Massimo in Palermo. The agreement was signed by Omer Meir Wellber, Francesco Giambrone (Sovrintendente of the Teatro Massimo) and Leoluca Orlando (President of the Fondazione and Mayor of Palermo). At the same time, the outgoing Music Director Gabriele Ferro was officially given the title of Honorary Conductor.


You can download photos of this meeting here.


Sovrintendente Francesco Giambrone:


“I am very excited to have won the outstanding conductor Omer Meir Wellber for our theatre. The new Music Director has the responsible task and challenge to give the house an international dimension and to build as a team a high-quality theater, curious and innovative. Omer Meir Wellber will enrich us with his international experiences and his personality. I have already started planning some very important projects together with him.”


Omer Meir Wellber about his new position:


“I am very happy to become a part of the Teatro Massimo family. This has been a great friendship that began almost ten years ago, and I look forward to taking this theatre into the third decade of the 21st century. As music is an art that exists only in the present, it forces us to breathe and to think together. The combination of personalities, experiences and creative minds is the magic of theatre. I know that the bigger the role music plays in a city’s life, the bigger the cultural happiness will be – Palermo is a city of culture and of multi cultures from ancient times to today, and as such it is in my view the ideal stage for creativity, beauty and perfection.”


His tenure as Principal Guest Conductor at the Semperoper Dresden begins in September 2018.


Live at ARTE Concert with SWR Symphony Orchestra | 13 July
July 12, 2018

From 12 until 14 July, Omer Meir Wellber will be guest at SWR Symphony Orchestra in Stuttgart and Freiburg after his successful debut with the orchestra in December 2017.


The concert on 13 July at 20.00 will be streamed live from Liederhalle Stuttgart at ARTE Concert. It will be available as stream on demand until 9 January 2019. Also SWR Classic offers a livestream of this concert.





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