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Have you listened to the Sinfonieorchestra Basel?

I have had a yearly Abo for the Sinfonieorchestra for the last two seasons and I must sort out my 2020-2021 abo very soon!


Why do I take an Abo for the Sinfonieorchestra? Well, I love live music and I really like the big, full, all encompassing sound of an orchestra. Sinfonieorchestra Basel can play me most things, I am just enchanted by the beautiful, rich sound that comes from them and their soloists. 


Ivor Bolton is chief conductor of the Sinfonieorchester Basel, he is an internationally known conductor and is the General Music director of the Teatro Real Madrid, the Conductor Laureate of the Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, as well as music director of the Dresden Festival Orchestra.


There are also visiting conductors and soloists that bring keep the orchestra’s concerts fresh and appealing.

The concerts I am looking forward to the most are:

  1. Cocktail concert – Wednesday, 18. November 2020, 18:00 Grand Hotel Les Trois Rois, Salle Belle Epoque
  2. Peter and the Wolf – Schulvorstellung, Thursday 19th November 2020, 10:00
  3. The Magic Flute Opera – Saturday, 21th November 2020, Premiere Theater Basel
  4. Golden Hollywood with John Wilson Orchestra. Thursday 26th November 2020 in the Stadt Casino
  5. Basel Museum Night in the Munster, Friday, 22th Januar 2021


The Abo I take gives me entry to 7 concerts on Wednesday evenings during the season, it cost between 220-580 CHF and I have my own dedicated seat number. The 2020-2021 season starts in September with all concerts being held in the newly refurbished Stadt Casino – can’t wait to be back at SOB concerts again then!

Beyond the season’s Abo the Sinfonieorchestra offers a lot. This is what I can recommend from personal experience:
  1. The Sinfonieorchestra at home
    1. A series of online recordings FREE
  2. Outdoor concerts in the summer months
    1. The last one of these that I attended was based in the courtyard of the Culture Museum on Munsterplatz. FREE/donation
  3. Cocktail concerts at the Les Trois Rois Hotel
    1. 1.5 hour concerts in the Three Kings Hotel, sip some champagne and enjoy the soloists, duets and trios on offer (40 CHF per concerts, there is an Abo too)
  4. Cinema concerts
    1. The orchestra have played the backing track to cult films such as ET, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Pirates of the Caribbean and A Gentleman in Paris (approx 40 CHF)

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  1. Thanks for this!! Great information …. can’t wait for the next season … especially the performances at the Stadt Casino 😄

    What are your views on Theatre Basel and its subscriptions?

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