Three concerts with fun introductions for the whole family
Would you like to pass on the art of listening to your children or grandchildren? The Family Series offers the perfect introduction to symphonic music for young concertgoers aged eight to sixteen. In three unforgettable concerts, you can introduce your children or grandchildren to the world of the Concertgebouworkest. Seated onstage behind the orchestra, you will have a good view of the musicians and conductor. There is also a fun introduction given for the children’s benefit prior to the concerts.
The Hungarian composer and pianist Franz Liszt was a nineteenth-century megastar. But by the time he completed his Second Piano Concerto, he had stopped performing and never played the virtuoso work himself. Many star pianists after him did, though. Among them is Yefim Bronfman, who is performing the concerto with the Concertgebouworkest. The same concert features music by Liszt’s later compatriot Kodály and Dvořák’s brilliant Seventh Symphony.
Dvořák is, incidentally, one of the names you see when you look up at the balconies in the Concertgebouw, where the names of famous composers have been immortalised all around the hall. In the Family Series, Iván Fischer, himself a Hungarian, is conducting short pieces by all these composers, thus bringing to life something of the history of the Concertgebouw and the Concertgebouworkest. It’s a typically Fischer-inspired programme, whose ideas are often exciting and refreshing.
The third concert in the series is no less special. Following two superb twentieth-century orchestral works, the Dutch star violinist Janine Jansen is performing Stravinsky’s ‘Story of the Soldier’ along with members of the orchestra – a work full of wacky melodies and energetic rhythms.
A fun introduction is given for the children’s benefit prior to the concerts. They are welcomed in the Choir Hall an hour before the concert begins and are given background information on the music performed on that particular concert. Musicians will also be on hand to talk a bit about their instruments, and the children will be given the opportunity to ask questions.