A-Trane Berlin Christmas Jazz Special

Not surprisingly, my latest jazz experience at Berlin’s A-Trane was great. It was an unusual group of six seasoned musicians performing with young, handsome and talented Italian singer / pianist – Davide Cerreta. Cerreta appeared with the group in a special tribute to the music of Pete Wyoming Bender, a beloved fellow musician. I sat…

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Berlin TV Tower

I waited months to visit Berlin’s TV Tower because it sounded like a tourist trap. Finally decided it was worth a visit for the view alone. Indeed it’s a tourist trap, but I’m glad to have experienced the bird’s-eye perspective of Berlin from the top! The view is amazing even on a cloudy day with snow…

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Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Cantatas I-III Berlin Cathedral

I’ve been enjoying Berlin’s holiday celebrations and last night it was Bach’s Christmas Cantatas performed at Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island. The Cathedral Choir performed led by cantor Tobias Brommann. Senior musicians from the Baroque Orchestra must have played another gig last night as there were noticeable mistakes in the music and rolled eyes all around… This…

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Berlin Philharmonic – Antonín Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, Franz Schubert

Thursday night was likely my last Berlin Philharmonic performance – at least for a while. The sold-out performance was in Philharmonie Hall where the symphony performed music by Antonín Dvořák, Hugo Wolf, and Franz Schubert. Dvořák and Schubert have long been favorite composers. I remember trying to conquer a Schubert piece as a young piano student –…

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Old Master Paintings Gemäldegalerie Berlin

Since 2000, Old Master Paintings from the 13th to 18th century have been displayed at Gemäldegalerie. It’s the most beautiful collection I’ve seen! The Gemäldegalerie is part of Berlin’s Kulturforum (Culture Forum), a modern center for art and culture in Potsdamer Straße. It includes museums, concert halls, and libraries where I’ve spent time and learned…

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Karajan Academy Mendelssohn and Bach Concert – Berlin Philharmonic

I enjoyed more incredible music last night during a Karajan Academy concert at Berliner Philharmoniker. Exceptional students attend the Academy to learn from distinguished members of the Philharmonic. It was cold with fat snowflakes falling all around, so I stopped for a hot drink at the Potsdamer Platz Christmas Market which was full of merrymakers. The performance hall was packed…

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EB Davis and the Super Band at A-Trane Berlin

EB Davis and the Super Band performed at A-Trane last night, and I attended the early show. Although I prefer modern jazz, a good blues band is always fun, and Berlin audiences clearly love this group! Before the performance, I didn’t know much about them except that some members were from the US. I’ve been…

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Niko Leopold Quartett b-flat Jazz Club Berlin

The Niko Leopold Quartett appeared at Berlin’s b-flat Acoustic Music + Jazz Club last night! I was totally blown away!! They were magnificent! I booked an advanced reservation and arrived a few minutes before the performance, opting to sit one row back from the stage. The audience was mostly couples and small groups of friends. An interesting British Middle…

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Pergamon and Neues Museums Berlin

Yesterday was rainy and gray, so I spent several hours exploring two museums – the Pergamon and Neues. Both are on Berlin’s Museum Island and spectacular! Pergamon Museum The famous Pergamon is known as a “visitor magnet”. It’s named after the Kingdom of Pergamon an ancient city in northwest Turkey. During the Hellenistic Period (281–133 BC)…

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Berlin’s Bundestag, Reichstag Building and Dome

Last night I visited the German Bundestag and toured the Reichstag dome. I took the U-Bahn and then enjoyed the city lights during a misty walk along the canal. Reichstag security is tight with guards patrolling the building inside and out. You must register in advance and present your passport for identification. It’s a tedious drill…

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Bolero Berlin – Chamber Music, Philharmonic, and Latin Jazz

Last night was another evening of outstanding music in Berlin! Bolero Berlin performed at the Berlin Philharmonic and finding a group of musicians with more charm or talent would be difficult! After becoming “enchanted and inspired by melancholic, mysterious, sensual Cuban bolero,” violist Martin Stegner created the Bolero Berlin ensemble. The popular group fuses chamber music and philharmonic with Latin American…

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