With RCO Opening Night, introduced last year to great acclaim, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra kicks off the new season in a festive manner for its loyal listeners. This season, it’s a night for the history books, marking the official beginning of Daniele Gatti’s tenure as the orchestra’s chief conductor. Such an event wouldn’t be complete without Mahler. The world-renowned baritone Christian Gerhaher will be appearing as soloist in the Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen.
The RCO Opening Night begins at 18:00 with a stylish buffet dinner (included in the ticket price). The dress code for the evening is 'black tie'.
The concert is also part of RCO meets Europe, the orchestra’s tour of all twenty-eight EU member states, in which the orchestra will be performing the opening work on each programme with a youth orchestra from the relevant country (Side by Side). In Amsterdam, the members of the RCO are sharing their music stands with the young musicians making up the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands in a performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture.
Besides works by Schubert, Respighi and Verdi, the orchestra also happens to have a couple of musical surprises up its sleeve…
The evening begins at 18.00 with the walking dinner which takes place in the foyers and other spaces around the Grote Zaal. The concert starts at 20:15 and will be broadcast live by television channel Mezzo and Radio 4. After the concert you can meet the orchestra's musicians, the new chief conductor Daniele Gatti and Christian Gerhaher in the foyers of the Concertgebouw. For enthusiasts, DJ Rose will end the evening in the Recital Hall of the Concertgebouw with an after party.
Please, keep in mind there are road works in progress in the direct vicinity of the Royal Concertgebouw. You will most likely need more travel time to reach the Concertgebouw.