The venue of our open-air concert at the NDSM Wharf is full.ake the ferry to Buiksloterweg
We’re raising the roof! Come to the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord and celebrate the opening of the new season with us. The Concertgebouw Orchestra invites everyone to its festive open-air concert under the baton of Gianandrea Noseda.
The Moldau, from ‘My Fatherland’
Xavier van de Poll
Madhouse (commissioned work, world premiere)
Polovtsian Dances, from ‘Prince Igor'
Amsterdam (Brel/Bowie, orkestratie Tom Trapp 2023)
Niels Shoe Meulman
Dates and tickets
About this concert
After the huge success of the 2021 and 2022 Opening Nights on Dam Square and in Westerpark respectively, the Concertgebouw Orchestra will again kick off the new concert season at a spectacular location in Amsterdam, the NDSM Wharf in Amsterdam-Noord. Gianandrea Noseda conducts an infectious programme full of dance and rhythmic energy. Well-known masterpieces such as Ravel's Bolero and Smetana's Moldau can be heard in addition to a few special surprises, including a world premiere.
The concert starts in a festive Viennese manner with the overture to Johann Strauss' cheerful operetta, Die Fledermaus. The flamboyant waltz that erupts after two and a half minutes may sound familiar! In Smetana's Moldau, we hear how a mighty river meanders past hills, villages and a peasant festival. Tap your feet to the rhythms of the well-known Polovetzer Dances by Borodin and those of Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz’s stubbornly optimistic Overture for Orchestra, written in the middle of the Second World War. After the crazy world premiere of Madhouse by the young up-and-coming Dutchman Xavier van de Poll, we conclude with the irresistibly sensual and rousing sounds of Ravel's Bolero.
Live street art: This evening, the orchestra is collaborating with the STRAAT Museum. The renowned graffiti artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman will be creating a work of art live during the concert*. Having grown up in the neighbourhood of the Concertgebouw, Shoe now lives in Amsterdam-Noord and is the founder of ‘calligraffiti’.
On radio and television: You can listen to a live AVROTROS radio broadcast of the concert on NPO Klassiek. The concert will also be televised the following evening at 10.30 on NPO 2.
Opening Night 2023 is realized in collaboration with Stichting NDSM-werf.
The creation of the artwork by Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman is made possible with financial support of Fonds Jan Raes.
The Opening Night of the Concertgebouw Orchestra is made possible by the support of Global Partners ING, Unilever, and Booking.com, who aim to make classical music accessible to as wide an audience as possible.