Thursday 2 Oct 2014, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Karl-Heinz Steffens conductor

Frank Peter Zimmermann violin

Beethoven Overture, Leonore No. 3

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto


Beethoven Symphony No. 5

We regret to announce that Christoph von Dohnányi was taken ill at the weekend and, with enormous regret, has had to withdraw from conducting his 85th Birthday concert at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on Thursday 2 October. The Philharmonia Orchestra is very grateful to Karl-Heinz Steffens for stepping in at very short notice to take his place.

Beethoven changed the face of music forever. From his Fifth Symphony’s obsession with its famous opening rhythm to his epic Leonore Overture No.3, audiences had never heard anything like it before. By comparison, Mendelssohn’s greatest innovation was a sleight-of-hand brilliance that creates the impression of elfin dreamworlds floating free of gravity.

Originally, this concert marked the 85th birthday of the Orchestra’s Honorary Conductor for Life, Christoph von Dohnányi.

"Christoph’s music-making justified the view that the symphony orchestra was one of the greatest cultural manifestations of European civilisation." David Whelton, Managing Director of the Philharmonia Orchestra, pays tribute to Maestro Christoph von Dohnányi on the occasion of his 85th birthday. For the full article and more information about the birthday celebrations, please see the Christoph von Dohnányi @ 85 website, devised and curated by Puskás International Artist Management & Consultancy:


This concert is supported by Vincent Meyer and the Philharmonia Orchestra