Pablo Heras-Casado conducts his 1,000th career concert with the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker

Pablo Heras-Casado celebrates his 1,000th career concert, conducting the Karajan-Akademie der Berliner Philharmoniker and soprano Nika Gorič. The performance on June 9 will take place at the Berliner Philharmonie. He will then repeat the same programme on June 10 at the Residenz, Kaisersaal in Würzburg.

Beginning the program, Pablo leads Schumann’s Op. 52: Overture, Scherzo, and Finale. Although the composer once referred to this thrilling work as his Symphony No. 2, he intended for it to be an alternative to the classical symphonic tradition. Following, Berlin-based Unsuk Chin’s innovative song cycle, Puzzles & Games from Alice in Wonderland, will feature soprano Nika Gorič. Based on Lewis Carroll’s story, the composer also adapted the work into her 2007 opera Alice.

Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra, a gentle tribute to the victims of World War I, originated as a piano piece in 1914. In 1919 Ravel decided to orchestrate four of the six movements. As his former student, Roland-Manuel wrote, “This metamorphosis of piano pieces into symphonic works was a game for Ravel, a game played to perfection so that the transcription outdid the charm of the original.” Mozart’s penultimate symphony, Symphony No. 4, concludes the program. The work was regarded with awe and admiration by Romantic composers such as Schumann for its pioneering character.