Behind the scenes – from the planning to the event

Behind the scenes – from the planning to the event GMG/Benedikt Feiten

A sense of expectation infuses the auditorium. A last look around the hall before the spots come on and the performers enter. Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes before the first notes sound across hall? We’ll show you.

Without the commitment of the Gasteig’s 160 employees, there would be no performances. They deal with everything from the first contact with organisers to switching off the lights and locking the doors after the event. Planning a major concert can take up to four years. In all, the 50-strong event management team manages more than 1800 events a year. They are supported by the communication team, which advertises and announces the events through various channels.

While the project managers oversee the projects, the stage technicians prepare the venue. Their ambitious goal is to realise all the wishes and expectations of both the concert management agency and the artists – from complex stage, lighting and sound set-ups to the backstage catering. This involves checking and calculating resources, drawing up plans and checklists, meeting fire protection requirements, coordinating with others and always remaining polite and diplomatic.

And then the day arrives: The stage is set, the artists arrive, the performance draws near. We have captured the intense phases before and after a concert for you in pictures. On 31 October 2021, the internationally celebrated string players Patricia Kopatchinskaja and Sol Gabetta took to the stage at the Isarphilharmonie ...

Text: Heike Braun

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