Performances in Dublin, Lucerne, Salzburg, Ljubljana and Grafenegg
Before his official investiture as the orchestra’s new chief conductor on 9 September, Daniele Gatti will be leading the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on a tour of various European cities and festivals. The tour will take the musicians to Dublin (on 27 August), Lucerne (28–29 August), Salzburg (30 August), Ljubljana (1 September) and Grafenegg (2 September).
The first concert on the tour – in Dublin – also marks the beginning of the RCO meets Europe initiative, in which the orchestra will be performing in all twenty-eight member states of the European Union over three seasons. Side by Side is a special project in which the members of the orchestra will be performing alongside musicians from a youth orchestra in each EU country it visits. In Dublin, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is sharing the stage with musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland, with which it is performing Weber’s Overture to Oberon. Also part of RCO meets Europe is its performance in Ljubljana, where it is teaming up with the young musicians of the Ljubljana International Orchestra in Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune.
The orchestra is touring with two exciting programmes. The first features Debussy’s Jeux, Dutilleux’s Métaboles, Saint-Saëns’s Cello Concerto No. 1 (with soloist Sol Gabetta) and Stravinsky’s Petrushka. The second consists of Weber’s Overture to Oberon, the Schumann Cello Concerto (with soloist Sol Gabetta) and Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 (‘Romantic’).
Before the tour gets under way, the orchestra will be performing both programmes at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam during Robeco SummerNights – the first programme on 18 August, the second on 25 August.
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