Nerdin’ It Up at the Berlin Philharmonic

I am a geek.  One time a co-worker asked what TARDIS stood for and I answered so quickly that even I was startled by my tenacity.  There are moments in my life where I have been surprised at how un-cool I am (and moments where I was not surprised at all).

However, my geek cred doesn’t stop me from acting super pretentious at times.

For example: Whilst in Berlin, Mother, Sister and I deigned to attend a performance of the Berlin Philharmonic.

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(courtesy of the internets)

Aside from sometimes acting like a pretentious jerk, I also like symphonies.  Give me a big orchestra and music that fills up the room and I’m happy.  I’m a many-faceted person (symphony, theatre, ballet, Doctor Who, X-men, Supernatural).  So when Sis said that she wanted to attend the Berlin Philharmonic I was so there.

We had 2 choices: Sunday night and Monday night.  I was leaning towards Sunday because it was a violin concerto (and those are my favourite), while Monday was piano (I like piano as well, but I think it was just one person and I wanted a full orchestra).  We were hesitant to go on Sunday because we were arriving in Berlin on Saturday and we might still be jet-lagged, but violin concertos are the best, so we went with Sunday.

Of course, there was another reason I really wanted to go to the Philharmonic.  When Sis was asking me where we should sit, I looked up the seating chart for the concert hall to get an idea of the space.

Whoever designed this is awesome.  I didn’t care where I sat or what I saw – I just wanted to be in that building.

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JUST LOOK AT THAT!  ISN’T THAT A FABULOUS INTERIOR?  THE LEVELS!  THE ANGLES!  AMAZING!

The outside is unique, but unassuming:

But inside the theatre you realize that there is no bad seat in that house!

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You can see the Philharmonic from any angle you choose.  We sat behind the artists, but still had a fantastic view of everything – especially the conductor and the drums.  I spent most of the performance watching the drummers, with their many instruments and moments of anticipation.

Seriously – I love this design so much!

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And don’t even get me started on the coloured glass walls in the lobby…  When the light hits it just right…

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Oh, and the orchestra was pretty amazing as well.

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