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New Concertgebouworkest season

17 August 2020

The Concertgebouworkest is pleased to announce the first half of its new 2020–21 season. Single tickets go on sale on 24 August. Donors and subscribers will have a chance to order tickets a week earlier, starting on 17 August.

(foto: Renske Vrolijk)
(photo: Renske Vrolijk)


The Concertgebouworkest is pleased to announce the first half of its new 2020–21 season, which has been modified to comply with all coronavirus measures in force. Single tickets go on sale on 24 August. Donors and subscribers will have a chance to order tickets a week earlier, starting on 17 August.

Programming up to and including December also takes into account the fact that far fewer audience members than usual may now be admitted to the Main Hall of the Concertgebouw at any given time. The concerts are shorter than usual, feature no interval and in many cases are performed with greater frequency than before. The series have also been dropped.

Extra concerts

A number of new concert programmes have been added. Now that the summer tour and the Bankgiro Loterij Summer Concerts Series have been cancelled, the season is kicking off with additional ad hoc concerts in the Main Hall in August and September. The concerts on 26 and 27 August are reserved for people who have supported the orchestra during the past months.

On 20 and 23 August, the season gets under way with a newly commissioned work by JacobTV entitled WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY?, this Dutch composer’s response to the world as it has changed since the coronavirus pandemic, and with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (‘Eroica’), conducted by François-Xavier Roth.

Concerts featuring Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 under the baton of Andris Nelsons are being given on 26, 27, 28 and 29 August. The concert on Friday, 28 August starting at 12.00 p.m. will be live-streamed at and on the orchestra’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

On 2, 3 and 4 September, Philippe Herreweghe will conduct Haydn’s Symphony No. 96 (‘Miracle’) and Schubert’s Symphony No. 6. The concerts on Wednesday, 2 September and Thursday, 3 September start at 8.15 p.m. On Friday, 4 September, there are concerts at 7.00 and 9.15 p.m.

On 30 September and 1 October, chamber orchestra concerts are being led by violinist Pekka Kuusisto.

A new arrival is that of Gustavo Dudamel, who stands at the orchestra’s helm for the first time since 2013 and will be conducting works by Beethoven, Wagner and Richard Strauss on 26 and 27 November.


Opening Night called off, but not Gershwin

Instead of Opening Night, Alan Gilbert will be conducting a programme on 10 and 11 September featuring works by George Gershwin. Pianist Stefano Bollani will be appearing as soloist in Rhapsody in Blue. Also on the programme are Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and the Suite from Porgy and Bess, entitled ‘Catfish Row’.


Modified programmes

The remaining concerts feature programming which reflects the original line-up wherever possible.

The programmes conducted by Semyon Bychkov (on 16, 17, 18 and 20 September), Klaus Mäkelä (24 and 25 September), Riccardo Minasi (16 and 18 October) and Daniel Harding (4, 5, 11 and 12 November) have undergone partial changes. The same goes for the concerts conducted by Gustavo Gimeno on 7, 8, 9 and 11 October, of which Beethoven’s five piano concertos featuring soloist Krystian Zimerman form the backbone, as well as the programmes conducted by Antony Hermus (3 and 4 December), Valery Gergiev (16 and 17 December) and Fabio Luisi (23 and 25 December).

The children’s concert Igor and the Nightingale with music by Stravinsky and Loevendie on 25 October will go on as planned.

The main differences result from works scored for a combination of instruments too large to be performed with enough distance between the musicians having been replaced by pieces scored for fewer instruments. This has resulted in an entirely new programme conducted by Cristian Măcelaru on 22 and 23 October, which now features works by Enescu, Wagner and Elgar. Additionally, Daniel Harding will be leading the orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (instead of the First, which calls for an overly large orchestra) on 29, 30 and 31 October. Conductor Iván Fischer and soprano Miah Persson will join the orchestra on 11 and 12 December for a surprise programme.

For a complete overview of the programmes performed from August to December 2020, please visit