Tribute to Bernard Haitink

The Royal Concertgebouworkest is commemorating its beloved honorary conductor Bernard Haitink, who passed away on 21 October, with the Adagietto from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. 

image: Milagro Elstak
image: Milagro Elstak

The concert on Thursday, 28 October, under the baton of Maxim Emelyanychev will open with this tribute of the orchestra musicians, preceded by a brief speech and a minute’s silence. The complete programme will be streamed live through and on YouTube.

Memorial concert

The Concertgebouworkest will also organise a memorial concert on Sunday evening, 6 February 2022, conducted by the orchestra’s honorary guest conductor, Iván Fischer. Haitink and Fischer greatly respected and admired each other, attending each other’s concerts whenever possible. More information about this concert will follow shortly.

Programme on 28 October

Following Mahler’s Adagietto, Maxim Emelyanychev - who is making his Concertgebouworkest debut this evening - will conduct the world premiere of Joey Roukens’s Distorted Fantasy (after J.P. Sweelinck), followed by Joseph Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante with Ivan Podyomov (oboe), Gustavo Núñez (bassoon), Tjeerd Top (violin) and Johan van Iersel (cello) as soloists. After the intermission, Beati pauperes by Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck – who died 400 years ago – is performed on original wind instruments, and the concert closes with Mendelssohn’s ‘Reformation’ Symphony.