Jenna Rose Rob­bins rounds up the June high­lights at the Wald­bühne, the out­door venue fea­tur­ing some of the big­gest names of the sea­son.

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A roundup of the mu­si­cal high­lights at Berlin's out­door am­phithe­ater Wald­bühne.

When the Wald­bühne am­phithe­ater opened in con­junc­tion with the 1936 Olympics, ar­chi­tect Werner March an­tic­i­pated the 22,000-seat set­ting would be used mainly for sport­ing events, with the oc­ca­sional the­ater per­for­mance and

opera thrown in for good mea­sure. For decades af­ter World War II, the venue’s use var­ied greatly, some­times serv­ing as a venue for pres­ti­gious Ber­li­nale film fes­ti­val screen­ings, some­times ly­ing bar­ren and in dis­re­pair. To­day, the Greek-style the­ater, which ben­e­fits from the acous­tics of the nat­u­ral basin in which it was built, is as worl­drenowned for its rock and clas­si­cal per­for­mances as it is beloved by Ber­lin­ers, who of­ten come armed with pic­nic bas­kets to fully en­joy a sum­mer evening out of doors. This sea­son’s pro­gram of­fers the var­ied as­sort­ment of per­for­mances that has made the venue a sum­mer fa­vorite with Ber­lin­ers of all ages and back­grounds. By far the big­gest name on the ros­ter is Paul McCart­ney, whose One on One tour lands on 14 June. Re­views from the first leg of the tour are re­port­ing a setlist with a whop­ping 35 songs span­ning all eras of the for­mer Bea­tle’s ca­reer, so set­tle in for a jour­ney through nostal­gia. The Wald­bühne’s pro­gram of­fers sev­eral op­por­tu­ni­ties to get bet­ter ac­quainted with con­tem­po­rary Ger­man tunes. On 4 June, the tour­ing Sch­lager­nacht des Jahres (www. sch­lager­nacht.de) brings its an­nual pa­rade of Ger­man pop stars, in­clud­ing peren­nial fa­vorite An­drea Berg and Beatrice Egli, a past win­ner of the Ger­man ver­sion of the Idol fran­chise. As the name sug­gests, the con­cert cel­e­brates the schlager genre, a pop-music style fa­mil­iar to Eurovision fans around the globe. Then on 7 June, liv­ing leg­end Her­bert Gröne­meyer, vir­tu­ally un­known out­side the Ger­manspeak­ing world, hits the stage with his con­tem­po­rary rock clas­sics. He was not only the first non-English-speak­ing artist to be in­vited to per­form on MTV’s Un­plugged, he also holds claim to the first and third best-sell­ing records in Ger­man his­tory. At the all-day Peace x Peace Fes­ti­val (6 June), Berlin punk-rock­ers the Beat­steaks take to the stage, along with Seeed and oth­ers, to sup­port re­lief for refugee chil­dren. Fans of Black Sab­bath can hope that new seats are re­leased for the sold-out show on June 8, while clas­si­cal music fans can revel in some of Dvo­rak’s great­est hits (p. 8) on 26 June, when Yan­nick Nézet-Séguin leads the Ber­liner Philharmoniker. Later in the sum­mer finds Sting (1 Aug), Neil Young (21 July), Dis­ney in Con­cert (2 July), and two nights (8-9 July) of Berlin’s own hard-rock­ers, Rammstein. For a com­plete sched­ule, visit www.wald­buehne-berlin.de.

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