Theater, Performance und Tanz in Hamburg - Kampnagel

Greatest Hits 2016


17. TO 20. NOVEMBER 2016

The title of this festival was originally intended as a provocation. After all, »Greatest Hits« are usually associated with chart-topping compilations by veteran rock bands, rather than with modern classical music. By now, however, the marathon weekend of contemporary music has itself proved to be a real hit! The three successful festivals to date have featured captivating artists, fascinating works, unusual approaches and the combined expertise of the Elbphilharmonie, Kampnagel and the »NDR das neue werk« series.

Fittingly, the focus this time is on the USA, where the term »hit« was originally coined. In the opening concert, Matthias Pintscher conducts »his« Ensemble intercontemporain, which was founded by Pierre Boulez; joining them are the Ensemble Resonanz, the NDR Choir and the pianist Cédric Pescia and the Calder Quartet with programmes celebrating the iconic American composer John Cage and Morton Feldman. A Composer Slam and other unconventional formats round off the festival.

More information about the program you find on this website and under


In collaboration with Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Kampnagel und NDR das neue werk.

Supported by 
Feldtmann Kulturell, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, BMW Niederlassung Hamburg, Kulturbehörde Hamburg. Presented by NDR Kultur. Thanks to Torsten Hecke and Christoph Müller for their outstanding engagement.

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