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Season opening on Dam Square

18 August 2021

Concertgebouworkest Opening Night 2021 is a gift for all

Artist impression van Concertgebouworkest Opening Night op de Dam
Artist impression of Concertgebouworkest Opening Night on Dam Square

The Concertgebouworkest is kicking off its 2021–22 season on Friday, 10 September with a festive open-air concert on Dam Square. Conducted by Daniel Harding and featuring violinist Leonidas Kavakos, the concert will start at 8.30 p.m. and will be broadcast live by AVROTROS on NPO 2 Extra, as well as on NPO 2 around 10.30 p.m. (following Nieuwsuur), and live on NPO Radio 4.

The Concertgebouworkest is delighted to perform once again for a live audience. To celebrate, the orchestra is presenting the city, the country and the world with the gift of an open-air concert on Dam Square. Weather permitting, this special programme will be performed in the heart of Amsterdam, the music spilling out into the streets, on 10 September at 8.30 p.m. Together, the musicians and the audience will be bringing the city back to life.

Conductor Daniel Harding and soloist Leonidas Kavakos are taking the orchestra and listeners both on Dam Square and at home via radio and television on a musical journey that kicks off with the Dutch composer Joey Roukens’s short, energetic Chase. Via Richard Strauss’s Don Juan, Nicolò Paganini’s ‘La campanella’ and Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino, we arrive in Paris with Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, Maurice Ravel’s Tzigane and all the commotion of the city in George Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

Maestro Harding has led the Concertgebouworkest in open-air concerts before – in the summer of 2015 both at SAIL Amsterdam and at the pop festival Lowlands.

The Concertgebouworkest has ushered in the new season with its festive Opening Night since 2015. On 10 September, this extra special Opening Night is being performed on Dam Square for one and all. Free tickets can be ordered starting on Tuesday, 24 August at 10.00 a.m. at

Naturally, we will be observing all applicable coronavirus measures taken by the government. This means that audience members will be admitted to the open-air concert only if they can present a free ticket to the concert in addition to proof of vaccination, a negative test result or proof of recovery (i.e. a COVID certificate).