Orchestra gave concerts in all member states of the European Union since August 2016
With a concert in Zagreb, Croatia, on 24 November 2018 the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will bring its ambitious tour project RCO meets Europe to an end. The orchestra will have visited all 28 member states of the European Union since August 2016, each time performing one opening work Side by Side with a local youth orchestra. Six countries were visited for the first time in the history of the orchestra: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Lithuania, Malta and Slovakia. In February 201g the orchestra will publish a book about this unique tour, containing interviews, photos and essays by both professional authors and young European writers.
Jan Raes, managing director of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, says: ‘An ambitious project posing challenges in many areas, RCO meets Europe saw the orchestra succeed in calling attention to the multiplicity of voices in the European tradition and to the importance of international cooperation. The polyphony forming the foundation of Europe has come under great pressure in recent years. And that is why the message behind RCO meets Europe is more urgent than ever: it is essential that we continue to listen to one another with attention and empathy so that divisive issues cannot take hold and so that we can build a brighter future together.’
At the Lisinski Concert Hall in Zagreb, Philippe Herreweghe will conduct the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, performed Side by Side with the Zagreb Academy of Music Symphony Orchestra, followed by Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Isabelle Faust, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2.
On Sunday, 25 November, the Concertgebouw Orchestra will give a concert at the Philharmonie in Luxembourg. There Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 will be preceded by Schubert’s Deutsche Tänze orchestrated by Webern.
Side by Side not only entails performances of opening works, but also masterclasses and coaching-sessions given by orchestra members in all EU countries, resulting in close ties with young musicians throughout Europe. These will continue to develop as part of RCO Young, the international youth orchestra launched by the orchestra earlier this month, which will start in the summer of 2019.