Opening Night 2022

Join us for our festive open-air concert at Amsterdam's Westerpark on Friday, 9 September at 8.30 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Bring a picnic blanket and a drink, and celebrate the opening of the new season with us!

In Westerpark

Just like last year when we celebrated the start of the season on Dam Square, the orchestra is once again looking forward to presenting itself on Opening Night at a special location in the city – Westerpark.

Concert programme

The evening gets off to an energetic start with John Adams’s Short Ride in a Fast Machine. The programme continues with Griegs’s Piano Concerto, followed by a collection of dances for clarinet and orchestra. The evening concludes with Bernstein’s popular Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.


Under the direction of Alain Altinoglu, the orchestra is teaming up with the virtuoso clarinettist Martin Fröst – artist in residence in the coming season – and the idiosyncratic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.

On radio and television

Maria Fiselier will be presenting the event live, recorded in Westerpark for television broadcast on the AVROTROS network. The concert can be heard live on NPO Radio 4 and will be televised on NPO 2 at 10.20 p.m.

Frequently asked questions Opening Night

The Opening Night of the Concertgebouw Orchestra is made possible thanks to the support of its Global Partners ING, Unilever and, with the ambition of making classical music accessible to the widest possible audience.