Programme: Historische Stadthalle Wuppertal

7th Symphony concert: A hero’s journey

Sun 5 March 2023

11 am

Großer Saal

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7th Symphony concert: A hero’s journey
Sun 5. March 2023 / 11 am / Großer Saal

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7th Symphony concert: A hero’s journey
Sun 5. March 2023 / 11 am / Großer Saal
KulturKarte Kirchplatz 1
42103 Wuppertal
Mon.-Fri. 10 am to 6 pm
Sat. 10 am to 2 pm
Tel. +49 202 563-7666
The start of this concert is defined by two Asian women: as the opening piece, Japanese conductor Nodoka Okisawa has chosen “subito con forza” by South Korean composer Unsuk Chin. Written just three years ago for the 2020 celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, this piece engages with the grand maestro through its own musical language.
French cellist Marc Coppey was born only around 10 years after the première of Shostakovich’s 1st Cello Concerto (1959), yet has a special affinity with this work. As a protégé of cello legend Mstislav Rostropovich – the soloist at the première and also the person to whom the concerto is dedicated – he learned the piece at first hand, so to speak.
In 1802/03, Beethoven was confronted with his inexorably advancing deafness. His chosen therapy for dealing with this life crisis was to create a symphonic treatment of the Prometheus theme from his ballet op. 43. Envisioned in this work is the Enlightenment ideal of the creation of a new image of humankind that rejects violence – however, this and the oft-quoted and later retracted dedication to Napoleon are just part of the myth surrounding Beethoven’s “Eroica”.


Unsuk Chin
“subito con forza”

Dmitri Shostakovich
Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, op. 107

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 “Eroica”


Marc Coppey
Wuppertal Symphony Orchestra
Nodoka Okisawa

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42283 Wuppertal

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Worth Knowing For Your Visit

  • Performance Venue Grosser Saal

    The event is taking place in the Großer Saal, the heart of the Historische Stadthalle. Its famous acoustics, spectacular sense of space under a ceiling that is 17 metres high, its décor and galleries take one’s breath away time and again.

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The Historische Stadthalle is located in the heart of North Rhine-Westphalia and lies in the centre of Wuppertal-Elberfeld. We are easily reached by public transport. The ICE train station and local bus stops are in the immediate vicinity.

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Parking Flat Day Rate

Make use of our flat day rate for parking. It only costs 4 euros. One useful tip: you can pay at the pay stations in the multi-storey car park itself or in the stairwell either when you return to your vehicle or in advance of attending events. That will save you time waiting at the pay stations after the end of events.


It goes without saying that the Historische Stadthalle is equipped to provide access for disabled people.

Wheelchair ramps and lifts (with announcement) will provide you with easy access to all rooms.

Parking spaces for disabled people are available both in the multi-storey car park and in the Südstrasse car park.

Toilets for disabled people can be found on the ground floor (to the right of the main entrance) at the eastern end of the foyer. They are clearly signposted.

A wheelchair is available in the building.

An unlimited number of wheelchair places is available in the Großer Saal.

Our concierge, foyer team and culinaria staff are happy to help should you need assistance at any time.