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Side by Side with young musicians in Madrid and Lisbon

07 February 2018

Tour of all twenty-eight EU member states to continue in Luxembourg, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon

From 18 to 21 February, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is making appearances in Luxembourg, Paris, Madrid and Lisbon. Under the direction of Semyon Bychkov, the orchestra will be performing Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, preceded by the rarely performed Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra by Bruch, with Katia and Marielle Labèque as soloists. 

The concerts are part of RCO meets Europe, the orchestra’s tour of all twenty-eight member states of the European Union over two and a half seasons. In each country it visits, the orchestra is performing one opening work with a youth orchestra from the relevant country (Side by Side). On 20 and 21 February, members of the orchestra will be sharing their music stands in both Madrid and Lisbon with some forty young musicians in the prelude to Wagner’s opera Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

At the Auditorio Nacional de Música in Madrid, it will be performing Wagner’s prelude Side by Side with the Youth Orchestra of Madrid (Joven Orquesta de la Comunidad de Madrid, or JORCAM). At Fundaçao Calouste in Lisbon, it will be sharing the stage with young musicians from the Gulbenkian Orchestra Academy.

Jean-Claude Juncker is acting as patron of RCO meets Europe. UNESCO has also granted patronage to the initiative. Side by Side is made possible in part by generous contributions from a number of private donors.